Warren County school officials feel bullying is one of the most troubling issues facing educators today. That’s why safe schools coordinator Sherry Trotman arranged for fourth-grade students at Dibrell to see an anti-bullying program Friday, along with fellow fourth-grade students from Hickory Creek, who were bused in to see the presentation.
Putnam County High School student Logan Taylor, who presented a similar program at Eastside last year, brought his new show, called Bully-Tron, to Dibrell. The show used dance, song, video and spoken word to present a powerful message to children on how to speak out to prevent bullying.
Trotman said Taylor and his four talented dancers have put in considerable time preparing for this show.
“This has been going on for months,” Trotman said. “These are students and young adults who got together and decided something needed to be done about bullying and they needed to do their part.”
Taylor happens to be the grandson of Trotman and her husband, Commissioner Les Trotman. Sherry says she is proud Logan has decided to put this anti-bullying presentation together in a way that will reach the kids.
“I did not know children would inherently fall into this behavior if you don’t teach them any different,” said Sherry. “I thought people knew you should treat other people like you want to be treated. But that’s not the case. What we want people to take away from this is it’s everybody’s job, that everybody needs to take a part in it. We can’t just assume somebody else is doing it. Everybody has to stand up and say it’s wrong to pick on other people.”
Sherry says Bully-Tron addresses another issue that is more and more common today — cyber bullying.
“It’s wrong even if you can’t see their face, if they’re doing cyber bullying,” Sherry said. “They may think, I’m not looking at you, I can’t see the pain in your face so I don’t have to deal with it. I think that’s the message. Whether the person is there, or across the phone line, through a modem or electronically or even if it’s just a text, it’s still got the same impact.”
The Bully-Tron show is a major production, with a stage, lighting and fog effects and a digital projector coming together to hold the student’s attention and get the anti-bullying message across. Taylor says he wants to let kids know they are fine just how they are, and not to let anyone tell them different.
“This is all about anti-bullying,” said Taylor. “It all about self-awareness and self-inspiration. I want everybody to know they are perfect, they are beautiful no matter what. The thing with bullying is the most deadly part about it is it gives the illusion you are alone, and that’s not true. There’s so many people who will support you. You just have to open up and tell somebody if you’re being bullied. Just tell somebody and you’ll get the support you need.”