George Anthony (back row, from left) and Lindy P. Crescitelli, Peace Dynamics Consultants, joined Fairview Elementary School Principal Matthew Kirkpatrick and students, Raelynn Santoro (middle row, from left) Thomas Barneo, Christopher Bonin, Matthew Rosinski, Megan Froehlich and Kaitlin Tarter, as well as Jillian LaFrier (front row, from left) Alex Lehotsky, Liam O'Brien, Alec Zenker and Robert Cassin on Monday to discuss anti-bullying practices in school.
A horrific incident in 1989 helped to guide George Anthony '83NDC toward what has, for him, become a mission. The death of Yusef Hawkins, a young black man killed in the Bensonhurst neighborhood of Brooklyn, polarized racial tensions in the community after he was confronted by a group of young Italian-American men. In the aftermath, the then psychology teacher was deeply concerned with what he saw happening among the young people in the area. “[The murder] split the school district among racial lines,” he recalls. “It was a terrible time.” So when Columbia University offered a public program in conflict resolution certification, he signed up and has since dedicated himself to helping young people and to becoming an internationally-known expert in the field. His innovative work to combat harassment and bullying in schools was featured on national network programming including the ABC “20/20” special report “Social Cruelty and Bullying in America” and CNN’s highlight of his work as a consultant with the Seeds of Peace program which helps teens in regions of conflict around the world come together to discuss the issues they face in their homeland.
MS 74 pupils confront bullies
Bullying. Society has been dealing with it since biblical times and it’s certainly not going to go away any time soon.
It’s a widespread problem, and it’s not restricted to doing physical harm to someone smaller than you. Bullying also includes teasing, name-calling and spreading unkind rumors about someone for any reason.
See a bully, stop a bully
Educators can make a difference
NYSUT Secretary-Treasurer Lee Cutler, left, speaks with Jamie Nabozny during the union-sponsored conference on bullying. Nabozny, in a heartfelt speech to educators, recalled his years of torment in school at the hands of bullies. Most of the bullying went largely unaddressed by school administrators. Nabozny sued them in federal court for failing to protect him, and won. Photo by El Wise Noisette.