I recently did a story about an effort undertaken by a group of Irondequoit students—and I must say—I was impressed.
Eastridge High School senior Molly Sprague was tasked with picking a topic close to her heart.
She would frame a class project around the topic of her choice. That topic was bullying.
While the teen said she’s never been bullied, her brother and friends have.
She had not seen the recent "Bully" documentary but was aware of the anti-bullying movement.
“Everyone is different and that is what we all have in common,” said Sprague.
Her public service announcement
shares that precise sentiment.
Molly’s brother shot and edited the PSA which featured a handful of classmates.
“People don't notice that bullying is an everyday thing,” said Sarah Oberst, a student at Eastridge and one of the students featured in the PSA.
Oberst said she had her own experience bullying and being a bully.
“I did it because I was frustrated…and I could have used other stuff that I realized later on,” explained Oberst.
There’s nothing unique about students who are against bullying; but the actions of these students illustrate a deeper desire to curb the problem. Even Molly questions whether bullying will ever end. She hopes more people watch her PSA and help step-in or end mistreatment of peers.
Evan White, Reporter