High School Students Get the Message about Bullying; Bishop Snyder Event Teaches Teens Lesson on 'How We Treat Each Other'

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High School Students Get the Message about Bullying; Bishop Snyder Event Teaches Teens Lesson on 'How We Treat Each Other'


Woods, Tia, The Florida Times Union


Byline: Tia Woods

At 12:30 p.m. on a recent spring day, students at Bishop Snyder High School on the Westside headed to a surprise assembly.

Principal David Yazdiya and his faculty had planned to release students early that day. But what students didn't know is that, prior to their departure, they would attend a "How We Treat Each Other" assembly with their fellow classmates and faculty.

"All they knew ... is that there may be something going on at 12:30 p.m.," said Yazdiya.

They would end up taking a stand against all forms of bullying.

Vice Principal Lou Pereira said bullying isn't a problem at Bishop Snyder the school hopes to keep it that way - the assembly was a proactive measure. After the assembly ended, students took a post-test to see how well they received the information, he said.

Ryan McCormick, a freshman at Bishop Snyder, said he found the assembly "eye opening."

"I learned that one out of 12 students is bullied. It was life changing," he said.

The buzz around campus in the days before the assembly was "Pax Lumen," which is the school's motto for "Peace and Light."

The students were brought into the school cafeteria, where they watched skits put on by their faculty and a video presentation. …

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