Jamie Nobozny will be speaking Wed. Jan. 30th at the Greenway High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.

Bullying has reached epidemic levels around the US.

It’s an issue here in the Itasca area and a reoccurring topic here on the Itasca Area Initiative for Student Success blog. Our student blogger, Izzie Olson has written about it, The end of bullying begins with me, and used it to shape her TEDxYouth@1000Lakes talk, Kids these days face challenges with courage. Other area youth, like Olivia Golemgeske in  her 2011 TEDx1000Lakes talk,  A vaccine for bullying, speak out against bullying when given a platform.

Jamie Nobozny will be at the Greenway Auditorium tomorrow night, Wednesday, January 30, at 7 pm to share his story. Here’s the snapshot: Jamie grew up in Ashland, Wisconsin, and was targeted in middle school for being gay. He was bullied for years – until a beating that put him in hospital led him to win a Landmark Lawsuit in Federal court that establishes that all young people deserve a safe educational experience. The Southern Poverty Law Center produced a documentary titled “Bullied” that chronicles his life. Jamie now speaks out for the millions of kids bullied in our schools every day. Jamie travels the country and shares his story so that no child has to endure what he endured.

A Pathway to Student Success

We believe that student success is the cornerstone of community success, and that bullying does nothing to support this belief or the goal, “Every student will feel accepted”.

Please help spread the word. And please watch Izzie and Olivia’s talks. They each end by calling the question, “What are you willing to do to end bullying?” They understand that we all have a role to play in ending this epidemic. Do you? What are you will to do to end bullying? 

To learn more about bullying:

Bullying Basics from Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center

And food for thought:

The Cruelty Crisis: Bullying Isn’t a School Problem, It’s a National Pastime, Brene Brown, PhD, Psychology Today.