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New Hanover County Schools Offers Students Opportunities to Participate in New Initiatives to Voice Their Concerns Over the Recent Tragedy in Parkland, Florida

In light of the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, New Hanover County Schools is launching two new innovative initiatives to support students and help them express their concerns about this tragedy and school safety. The first initiative is an anti-violence campaign called, My 17, and the second one is called, See Something, Say Something.

NHCS has been working on alternatives for students to participate in during the upcoming planned walkouts that would help keep them in the classroom, though still allow for them to voice their concerns, their opinions, and express their support for the victims of the recent shootings.

My 17

The NHCS Student Support Services team has created and organized the MY 17 Campaign for the high schools to implement for student participation. My 17 is intended to give NHCS high school students an opportunity to voice their concerns about school violence on March 14. On that day, high schools will dedicate 20 minutes to hear students speak about bullying, harassment, school violence and school safety. They will also have the opportunity to write an essay or create a poster, poem or song titled “Safer.” Winning entries will be featured on the district’s website.

MY 17 is a great opportunity for students to be heard and reflect on how they feel their schools can be safer,” Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley stated. “We are being proactive about having conversations with our students and creating a learning opportunity for them. This gives our students a voice in their own safety. Their voices are important and we need to listen to them.”

See Something, Say Something

The See Something, Say Something Campaign is designed to build awareness about dangerous acts that may be shared with individuals or on social media. It is designed to empower students with information on recognizing inappropriate conduct by peers and adults and encourage the reporting of bullying and harassment.

A series of class discussions along with a marketing campaign will help deliver the program to students. Some examples of when students would be encouraged to see something and say something:

  • A classmate is feeling sad.
  • Someone is forcing you to do something.
  • You see or hear something unusual.
  • You or someone you know is being hurt.
  • Someone is doing something dangerous.

Posted: 03/02/18