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Utterback's Bullying Prevention Student Ambassadors honored

Posted April 25, 2012

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild proclaimed April 22 through 28 "Bullying Prevention Week" at the Mayor and Council Meeting on April 24, 2012. Bullying Prevention Student Ambassadors from Utterback Middle Magnet School were invited to the meeting to discuss their bullying prevention efforts and received certificates for their commitment to the Tucson community.

Seventh grader Tahmia Waggoner wants the community to know that students at Utterback are serious about preventing bullying. "We read articles in the newspaper or hear stories on TV news programs about students who have suffered great physical and emotional pain because they have been victims of bullying at school," Tahmia noted in a speech she prepared for the Mayor and Council. "We at Utterback Middle School want to take a stand against bullying."

According to Tahmia, the Bullying Prevention Student Ambassadors at Utterback are doing quite a bit to create a caring community that does not tolerate bullying. In addition to pledging to prevent bullying, students have also been trained on how to recognize bullying situations and provide help to victims of bullying.

"Research shows the power to stop bullying lies with the bystanders," said Qamar Sabtow, another Student Ambassador from Utterback. "Be a bystander that cares. Take a stand against bullying. Each and every one of us can help to stop it."

At the end of the evening, eighth grader Guadalupe Romero invited the Bullying Prevention Student Ambassadors to join her in reciting the Student Bullying Prevention Pledge that over 200 Utterback students have already taken and signed:

Student Bullying Prevention Pledge

1.I will not bully other students.
2.I will help students who are being bullied by speaking out and by getting adult help.
3.I will use extra effort to include all students in activities at our school
4.I will report any bullying I know about or see.

 Photo of students at council meeting
Utterback Bullying Prevention Student Ambassadors listen to proclamation
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The students received certificates for their work.