Members of the St. Louis Community College-Wildwood’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa, met with Selvidge Middle students in October to talk about bullying.
“We picked bullying because it was something we all felt passionate about,” Kerstyn Larash, chapter president, said. “We all had seen or knew people who had been bullied and we felt it was something we could do that would make a difference. We also thought it would be a good opportunity to work closely with younger students.”
The students participated in small group discussions and games that were facilitated by the chapter members. The games were intended to help them understand different aspects of bullying in an engaging way.
Kyle Denney, an eighth-grade social studies teacher from Selvidge, explained why they thought the presentation would be valuable to their students.
“We opened it up to all of the kids on Student Council. They are the big leaders of the school and we want them to take back what they learned today,” he said.
The chapter members partnered with the Megan Meier Foundation to present information to the middle school students. Megan’s mother, Tina, founded the Megan Meier Foundation in 2007 after her daughter ended her own life due to bullying. She has presented to more than 126,000 students, parents and educators about bullying and cyberbullying.
Meier encouraged the students to speak with a trusted adult when they witness or experience any type of bullying or cyberbullying. She also helped them to understand a broader definition of bullying and the intended and unintended consequences of it.