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“[Marriage] just depends on the heart and if they love me,” one child said. “Underneath is you’re literally the same. You have organs and a heart,” said another. Not in Our School believes these kids are an inspiration and will be the next generation of upstanders.
When bad things happen: resources for dealing with violence
When Jaspreet Singh’s place of worship, the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, was attacked by a white supremacist who murdered six people, she and other teens took initiative to educate the wider community about her faith and heritage.
Community violence can be traumatic for young people and result in long-term consequences such as anxiety, depression, and aggressive behavior. For those who have been victims, witnessed, related to someone, or live in a climate of violence, here are resources to help them heal from the Teaching Tolerance website.
Violence still caused Jaspreet and her friends much grief. “We were helping others, but there wasn’t always enough time to help ourselves,” she told Teaching Tolerance. “[Teachers] told me, ‘If you ever need to talk, please let me know.’ It was really nice to hear that—not just from friends and peers, but from my mentors and teachers.”
Geeks take on bullying at Comic Con
Comic-Con not only featured all of your favorite superheroes, but an anti-bullying panel too.
Carrie Goldman, author of the book Bullied: What Every Teacher, Parent, and Kid Need to Know About Ending the Cycle of Fear, moderated the widely popular event, Comic-Con’s first anti-bullying panel. Human rights organizations such as No H8, the United Nations Association, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, The Anti-Defamation League, and GSLEN were all participants in the discussion.
Goldman said that in geek culture there is a vast amount of peer victimization, harassment, and bullying. She lists male gamers versus female gamers and hardcore gamers versus casual gamers, with issues of misogyny and homophobia and discrimination as common problems in the gaming community. You can read more about the anti-bullying coalition at Comic-Con here.