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'Every Student Counts': Anti-Bullying Demonstration at Aberdeen High School

Students and parents stood on Paradise Road asking for support against bullies.

"Support anti-bullying," "Every student counts" and "Please support the victims—don't retaliate!" were the messages of this group on Paradise Road across from Aberdeen High School. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
"Support anti-bullying," "Every student counts" and "Please support the victims—don't retaliate!" were the messages of this group on Paradise Road across from Aberdeen High School. (Credit: Elizabeth Janney)
As Aberdeen High School celebrated its designation as "School of the Year" on Friday, demonstrators held a peaceful protest outside spotlighting anti-bullying efforts.

Aberdeen hosted two forums about bullying in December, according to The Aegis, which reported parents were upset about the climate at Aberdeen High School.

After an Aberdeen High School senior with special needs was reportedly harassed by other students and punched in the face, his family told ABC 2 News that they had filed eight bullying reports, written to the governor and filed a civil lawsuit.

The student reportedly said: "...what is it going to take? Do I have to get stabbed before the school will do anything?" according to ABC 2 News.

Parents at Friday's protest on Paradise Road said there was a retaliatory environment at the school.

"It's gotten very serious. It's led to this," Kathy Dominick said, holding a sign that stated: "HCPS, be proactive. Prevent a critical incident."

A critical incident is a stabbing, shooting or other tragedy that may result from bullying, according to a parent who did not wish to be identified.

Dominick said she attended Aberdeen High School in the '70s. "I have grandchildren that are going to be entering schools, and I want to know that my grandchildren are safe in the future," Dominick said. "I certainly don't feel that way right now."

Last month, Aberdeen Mayor Michael Bennett told parents that it was "going to take enough adults getting the hair on the backs of their necks up and saying, 'That's enough,'" The Aegis reported.

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Ricardo Carlos Castro January 21, 2014 at 08:40 PM
It is not really fun when you are the one that is being bullied. bullying has been the most common issues that is present in every school throughout the world, most of the bullied students suffer from not just physical as well as emotional and psychological distress, this could lower the child's self esteem and confidence. Parents should always make sure that their children is bully free, they must ensure their child safety and security towards this common problem. So I also suggest a safety application that your child could use if he/she in trouble, just check it here: http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.
Jassen Sanders January 27, 2014 at 08:30 PM
Sorround yourself with only people who are going to lift you higher. It is precisely because bullying is an intractable problem that schools and parents need to get more realistic about it. It’s not going away, so deal with it firmly so it can at least be kept under control. Thus, being a parent I've learned to be vigilant and more particular on the safety of my teens especially when it comes with bullying cases. Then I found this site that provides a protection for children from a safety mobile protection that can access family, friends and 911 in times of emergency. I just downloaded their service on their iPhone. Here’s where you can find it: http://www.SafeKidZone.com/

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