Miller Place Focuses On Anti-Bullying Lessons

Middle school students work together to create anti-bullying children's books.

Districts have taken a hard stance against bullying by teaching their students the proper way to handle a situation, communicate with one another, and know when to ask for help.

Home and Consumer Science teacher, Ms. Sommo, felt her eighth grade students at The North Country Road Middle School might be able to help younger kids understand what bullying is and how to prevent it. Sommo asked her students to work on their own children’s books with an anti-bullying theme. Together with partners, they created everything from the concept to the drawings. 

The books were completed in November and shared with students from the Laddie A. Decker Sound Beach School. 

"The North Country Road students enjoyed spending time with us here at LADSBS, they were eager to visit their former teachers, and did a fantastic job reading their books to the our students," said the district. 


Gloria R January 10, 2014 at 08:28 AM
Songs can help young children learn about kindness and tolerance. The song “Be a Buddy, not a Bully” can be heard on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Or7WPUtUnRo
brookhavenconfucius January 11, 2014 at 08:03 AM
Of course, our Society has NOT survived, without this 'limp wristed' GARBAGE. Howzabout concentrate on Learning...what a new concept ? We would NOT have any of the problems, we are creating with this Teaching Selfishness.
Frank Esposito January 11, 2014 at 01:16 PM
Brookhavenconfucius, don't get too bent out of shape by this as an indicator of what we are as a people or where we are headed. This anti-bullying stuff has taken on a life of its own thanks to a combination of fruitcakes and also some well intentioned people - BUT here is the main reason.... Schools, even those - like most - with little to no "bully" issues unfortunately need to cover this stuff for legal reasons (but they don't sell it that way because it seems too "cold, calculating, and uncaring". Let me explain... The job I used to work at would make us take EEO classes and workplace violence prevention (including sexual harassment issues) class on a yearly basis. Basically stuff you should have learned at home from your parents about how to treat people the right way. The classes were a total waste for 95% of the people. And that other 5% or so will never play nice anyway - so total waste of time right? Anyway the real reason - or major drive - behind the classes were to reduce or eliminate the companies liability profile. Schools are really a business and are in the same boat here. A kid gets bullied (or some other BS like that) and something happens - say like a major injury or suicide, or some "mental" issue they wish to blame the school environment for inclusion as actors in the pile of lawsuits. What happens is the school (or company) liability profile is very high to lawsuits claiming they "took no action to prevent" or "help foster a hostile environment by their inaction". This is why the bulling issue has gotten such legs. I tell you this with no uncertainty, it is about legal cover you butt stuff. There are some hanger-on's who really think this matters but that works out great because you got these "ra ra head" covering for the establishment they operate under and they really give it a "face of caring". IT'S THAT SIMPLE!
Get Off My Lawn January 11, 2014 at 03:45 PM
Pushed heavily by the Gay/Lesbian gang. Tolerating change and others beliefs does not mean we have to conform to their beliefs. "bully" and "bullying" are words thrown around far too easily. just because i don't agree with you does not make me a bully. my words may hurt you as an individual but unless i'm being deliberately malicious, i'm not bullying you or opressing you. Deal with your feelings. don't use the bullying and pc agendas to not have to deal with your own negative emotions.
Frank Esposito January 11, 2014 at 06:21 PM
Skip, the real driving force is protection from lawsuits as I explained previously. But indeed it has been co-opted by groups with other agendas. Like epochs before that highlighted odd behaviors and mindsets, we will sort this all out and become a better people. The human race as hard as it is to believe will rise above all. Look back in time- while there are similar behaviors just different player with the bad that goes on things have gotten better if you really take a look back.
brookhavenconfucius January 12, 2014 at 12:50 AM
HEY SKIP, it's about Frank, and Trial Lawyers, not having ANY FAKE 'make work', for themselves, to prey upon The Silly People who believe this 'bully garbage'. YOU WILL NEVER see Trial Lawyers in New York, be limited in the ALL the ways, they can make money for themselves, out of litigating silly, useless, FAKE 'issues'. These 'litagators' have a virtual STRANGLEHOLD on the things, people can sue people for...their Lobby is TOO strong, for Sanity !
Frank Esposito January 12, 2014 at 03:52 PM
Brookhavenconfucius, I'm not sure how I got lumped in with trial lawyers. But I have a feeling any possible constructive conversation on this topic has come to an end. Have a happy new year.
Shaira Leah Gomez January 13, 2014 at 07:22 AM
Every child has the right to ride a bus, use a restroom, participate in classes, walk the hallways, eat their lunches, and walk home after school in a “safe” environment.But,bullies are everywhere and we don't know when will it happen to them.I would highly encourage you to use this application because it will monitor and can locate your kids and love ones so that you can assure that they are safe.To know all about this, check it out here: http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home
Marie January 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM
The problem is, (true story here) if you have one student who sticks up for the student being bullied, by going after the bully, and holding him accountable when the adult (bus driver) just sits there and does NOTHING but yell to all sit down, while the bully is punching his victim...a student gets up knocks down the bully off the kid and sits on the bully. Who gets in trouble here? The student who stuck up for the innocent kid being bullied. Believe me, my son got detention for standing up for this kid he didn't even know. I thought the bus driver should have been fired. The bully, well, to this day he's still hasn't amounted to much but he also received detention. That's how messed up Rocky Point Schools are.
brookhavenconfucius January 13, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Somehow, MOST OF US, have survived this stuff, because it's about...LIFE ! Survival of the Fittest, and Normal Socialization, unless you have grown up on Mars. If you want to teach limp wristed, 'Surrender" to The Vagaries of Life, to kids, you are going to raise a Generation of Dependent Weaklings....WHICH we have done and allowed to happen. These Weaklings will not be able to do ANYTHING, on their own, and in concert with other people....WHICH they can't these days, because "It's Not Fair", Na Na Na-Na-Na !
Frank Esposito January 13, 2014 at 09:18 PM
Brookhavenconfuius, where did you get that "survival of the fittest" statement? I hope it was not from the work of Darwin. I say that because he only mentions that statement twice in all his work yet mentions "love and cooperation" 95 times. A convenient mis-fact some animals ( only humans by the way ) love to tout while they trounce and abuse the weaker amoung us. Survival of the fittest is not the answer to long term survival; love and cooperation is the way. There are examples of this all around you. Look around, nature is showing you the way. Don't get confused watching all these "nature shows" that only highlight the other parts.
brookhavenconfucius January 14, 2014 at 02:26 AM
"In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed - they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock." Orson Welles in THE THIRD MAN
Laurel Sutton January 14, 2014 at 10:19 AM
What is wrong with some of you people? - any and all measures to help eliminate cruelty, injustice, bullying, etc..etc. should always be welcome in any forum. As for the schools addressing it - bravo! - It's not like they spend the entire school day, everyday, just discussing this - the kids are learning their "abc's" too, so why make such silly comments to the contrary.
brookhavenconfucius January 14, 2014 at 10:27 AM
Our children's Brains Of Impressionable Mush, are being assaulted EVERY DAY, AND IN EVERY WAY, with Indoctrination, with various, and largely USELESS 'Information' by Public Employees who are supported with Tax Payer money ! Parents and their children don't have ANY chance, to discern useful information from the Propaganda.
Frank Esposito January 15, 2014 at 11:28 AM
Brookhavenconfucius, if you want to make valid points try using something better then works of fiction. I quote Dawin and you quote Orson Welles after I correct your use or misuse of a quote by Darwin. Pretty weak my friend. You need to rent a documentary called "I Am" by Tom Shadek. Not that that is the final word but it has very interesting insights. And to laurel... Don't let this Brookhavenconfucius guy get to you. His destiny is writen in stone. He or she will go down babbling like those types always do. The right answer is somewhere in the middle between you and those who fall into the category you title "what's wrong with some of you people". Hang in there everyone it's just human race growing pains... We are headed for greatness but along the way some pretty sick stuff will raise its head. Just never give up and keep steering the good course. We will get very near to heaven on earth.
brookhavenconfucius January 15, 2014 at 03:27 PM
Fact check there Franky. Stop bullying me.


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