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'Say Something' at Burnet Middle School

Dear Editor,

Last week at Burnet Middle School, we trained our student body to “Say Something” if they suspect that a classmate is going to harm themselves or others. We wanted to share this training because we wouldn’t be able to live with ourselves if something happened to a classmate and we could have prevented it.

Part of our training is to teach our fellow students how to be “upstanders.” An upstander is someone who stands up, not stands by. They speak up for what’s right and are the kind of people who will “Say Something.”

No school is immune to violence and suicides. Everyone thinks “it won’t happen to here,” “it won’t happen to me.” But, anyone can be going through something that might make them consider violence. Anyone.


'Say Something' urges student awareness

Karen Bird, left, and Zoe Nicholl talk to Burnet Middle School seventh graders Monday morning, Oct. 16, during assembly about being alert to warning signs, signals and threats of school violence as part of 'Say Something' week.

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

Working on the belief every act of violence is preventable, Burnet Middle School Interact students taught their peers to “Say Something” Monday morning during assemblies at the school auditorium.

All week long, during homeroom, BMS students will learn strategies for speaking up if they see warning signs of impending violence or if they feel a student may harm himself or herself or others as part of “Say Something,” a program sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation.

Under the tutelage of their sponsor, Sara Te, Interact students Katie Bird, Madi Stires, Mady Jones, Kylie Butcher and Zoe Nicholl showed videos to seventh graders Monday morning and led discussions about when it is appropriate to “Say Something.”

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