HOUSTON – In an effort to address a growing societal problem with bullying, students at Houston Middle School participated in an assembly program to learn ways to replace bullying behavior with more positive actions.
The assembly was led by Windell Greene, Sr., a long-time educator and currently an associate with the educational consulting firm Empowerment 360.
Greene told students that bullying behavior comes from a lack of respect for others and authority,but the main problem is a lack of respect for oneself.
“When you learn to respect yourself, you don’t have a problem learning to respect someone else,” Green said. “Bullies don’t ususally pick on people their own size. If you take advantage of someone who is weaker than you, then that speaks volumes about yourself.”
Greene encouraged students to care about each other and show compassion rather than degrading those who are different.
“There are kids with all kinds of issues that somebody ought to want to be a buddy to, instead of being a bully,” Greene said. “When you become so insenstive you can hurt or harm someone, you become hard on the inside. You don’t have any care or concern for yourself or anyone else.”
Assistant Superintendent Chad Spence said the district was glad to welcome Greene in for the motivational assembly.
“We’re using this forum to be proactive,” Spence said. “It’s a good forum to let kids know about bullying and alternatives to that behavior.”
Spence said the district is planning more programs to address the issue and wants to include educational forums for parents and care givers.
“Bullying can be carried over from so many areas,” Spence said.
For Greene, the bottom line is a mutual respect for oneself and others.
“We can have a bully-free school,” Greene said. “We can have children in here who learn to respect one another and build up one another.”