Would you intervene if a friend was being called fat, ugly, gay or a whore?
Yes, these words are confronting and people might find them offensive but a group of Bomaderry High School drama students knew, when they recently made an anti-bullying video, they had to use them.
The students made the video as part of Friday’s Bullying No Way day and it’s both shocking and confronting.
However, people need to see it for themselves.
The anti-bullying video is so realistic - it's almost like you are there.
Bystanders is one of the themes of this year’s video and it asks an interesting question - what would you, as a bystander, do?
The students need to be commended for their efforts.
Watch the video to get a grasp of how hurt a person could be if a bystander does nothing.
Students talk about the video and bullying
All the students who took part in the video share many things in common.
They share a love of drama and a desire to make a difference in their school or wider community.
Watch the video to hear a group of students speak about the video and bullying.
This year’s video hits the mark
Teachers Julie Mehic (Head Teacher Wellbeing) and Gina Myers-Brown (Head Teacher Creative and Performing Arts) worked with the student on the video.
They are both in awe of their students.
Both Mrs Mehic and Ms Myers-Brown worked on a similar project last year.
Mrs Mehic decided to do another video because bullying was still an issue
“I decided to do another video because bullying is something that happens 365 days a year,” she said.
“The video is a way to highlight the situation and it’s something we are talking about all this week.
“Having the students involved makes them let us know what the problems are when it comes to bullying.”
Mrs Mehic went in with an idea to target bystanders.
“I went in with that idea with the drama class and they just ran with it. They were the ones who came up with the offensive words that you just hear every day,” she said.
“The words may not even be aimed at you but you hear them just when you are walking through the playground or street."
The head welfare teacher said words like whore, gay, fat or ugly are ones you often hear.
“They are hurtful (the words) and as a bystander, you can make a difference,” Mrs Mehic said.
Ms Myers-Brown said it was important the students owned the project.
Every year students are gaining more skills on how to tackle a social issue, according to Ms Myers-Brown.
“Any drama that impacts on them personally is something they obviously connect with,” Ms Myers-Brown said.
“I have noticed both groups involved with the videos have been brave in the choices they made because it puts themselves out there and I commend them for their bravery.
“The video empowered the students to get the message across.”
Ms Myers said the two videos were different.
“Maybe the first one was more narrative driven and this one is more of a kick in the pants and a snapshot of a particular moment,” she said.
The head creative art teacher added the offensive language used in the video made it more realistic.
Mrs Mehic agreed that the students should be commended for their efforts.
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