As a requirement of the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying legislation, schools across New Jersey celebrated a “Week of Respect” from Oct 3 – Oct. 7. The intention of this week is “to recognize the importance of character education, by providing age appropriate instruction focusing on the prevention of harassment, intimidation and bullying.”
The Forest Ave Elementary School SCA in Verona sponsored an anti-bullying assembly on Tue., Oct. 4, titled “Through Another’s Eyes.” The presenter was Snakes-N-Scales. Their anti-bullying school assemblies look at the subject using animals that are often misunderstood and feared, like snakes, spiders and alligators. They try to have children see through their eyes at themselves and learn to understand that the point of view of a person, or an animal, is important to understanding. Since bullying often arises from dislike, and dislike comes from misunderstanding and fear, if understanding is created and fear eliminated, then much of the bullying will not occur.