Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Barrington High School teachers donned duct tape for photos to raise awareness of discrimination.
Barrington High School halls will display poster-sized photos of teachers with tape on their mouths, who took part in a NOH8 (No Hate) campaign photo shoot. “The duct tape symbolizes all the students who are silenced because of discrimination and bullying . . . We want to bring awareness to treat each other with respect. We’re here to learn, not to pick on each other,” said math teacher Tony Venetico, sponsor of the student-run project. The NOH8 campaign came from United Colors, the high school’s gay-straight alliance, and was inspired by the NOH8 campaign in California, a visual protest of the state’s ban of same sex marriages, Proposition 8. However, Venetico stressed that teachers are not taking a political stand on gender equality …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Three plaintiffs were added to a lawsuit against Maine West High School that alleges coaches condoned hazing.
A lawsuit against Maine West High School alleges that students were hazed and bullied, sometimes at the behest of coaches of some athletic teams. A police investigation into a hazing incident this year led to charges against six students. During a “campus run” the boy’s teammates grabbed him, according to the lawsuit, tore off his underwear, held him down so he could not resist, grabbed his testicles and sodomized him with their fingers and other foreign objects. Des Plaines police told the Chicago Sun-Times that they sought felony charges in the case, but Cook County prosecutors disagreed. Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence for the more serious charges and settled on misdemeanors, the Sun-Times reported. Since that initial …
Monday, February 6, 2012
Troop 40857 win award for making a video that shows how to prevent bullying.
Emma Wood and Barrington Girl Scout Troop 40857 worked together to win the Collaboration Award in the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana Reality Check campaign. Winners were judged on creativity and imagination, the ability to inspire, and the power and effectiveness of storytelling. The Barrington Girl Scouts openly addressed the issue of bullying, and offered clear and direct ways for peers to prevent (and overcome) confrontational situations. The girls received a $250 Best Buy gift card, which will be shared equally among each member of the troop. See the video on YouTube.