SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) — Queer… brain-dead… psycho…Just a few of the more than one hundred name-calling terms students of the Sabis International Charter School held on signs; a visual representation of what bullying can be. The personal touch these students have put on the anti-bullying movement will be featured at the beginning of ABC’s hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. On Sunday, the family of the late Carl Walker Hoover Jr., was chosen to have a new home constructed.
“Bullying is real and it’s much more real these days because of the Internet,” Jeff Londraville says. Londraville is the Director of Student Life at SABIS. He’s also an author, speaker, and consultant on anti-bullying issues.
“What used to be five or ten people picking on someone, is now seen by hundreds or thousands of people on the Internet. Something like Extreme Makeover is making people more aware of this worldwide situation,” Londraville says.
Londraville says the visual display put on by students Monday is a representation of how harsh words can be just as intimidating as physical bullying.