Jersey City Officials, Students Put On Hollywood-Esque Show

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (CBS 2) — Along with reading, writing, and arithmetic, bullying is a fact of life for many children in our area.

But on Tuesday, Jersey City schools said “enough,” and have launched an innovative program to ban bullying.

It had the feel of a concert, the passion of a religious revival and the talent of American Idol.

But don’t let their cheers and shouts fool you. For the thousands of New Jersey high schoolers who filled the auditorium at St. Peter’s College for a rally launching an anti-bully campaign, the subject matter was a painful one, reports CBS 2’s Don Dahler.

“I was a late bloomer. The girls made fun of me because of that,” one little girl said, hold a sign that read “Outcast.”

“I was beaten so badly, I suffered a concussion and a temporary loss of vision in one eye,” another said.

Every student who performed on stage had been bullied at one time or another. But to the surprise of the audience, that’s not what these kids were talking about.

“I am Kate Winslet, an Academy Award-winning actress. And I am not who you say I am,” one girl said.

“I am Michael Phelps, Olympic gold medalist, and I am not who you say I am,” another said to cheers.

The superintendent for Jersey City Schools said letting the students know that they’re not alone is a big part of the program.

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“I want to tell the bullies, stop bullying. Jersey City’s going to be the leader in this,” Jersey City Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Epps Jr. said.

YouTube videos played a role in the rally as well.

“They harass me every day! They take my money. They make me do their reports,” one student said on video.

The “Ban Bullying Project” includes an 11-minute movie made to show bullies what they’re putting their victims through.

They’re encouraged to make a pledge to stop.

Dancer and student Sadie Ramos said she’s had to stand up to bullies her whole life.

“The bullying is completely different now. Back then it was physical contact. Now it’s talking behind your back and cyber bullying on Facebook and all those things,” Ramos said.

A lot of students claim they don’t even have a chance.

But if this program can catch fire, maybe now, they do.

Across the nation, studies show almost 300,000 kids are physically attacked by bullies every month. And 17 percent of all teens admit they’ve been cyber-bullied in the past 30 days.

Impressed by the Ban Bullying Project? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Comments (11)
  1. Nicole Miceli Oliver says:

    These are my drama students!!!! Congrats to the Conwell Kidz. YOU ROCKED!!!!!

  2. Laura Collins says:

    Myth 1: Bullies Come From Violent – Lower Class Families, Myth 2: Children Are Victims Of Bullying Because Schools Fail To Protect Them, Myth 3: Female Bullies Tease But Rarely Fight Like Male Bullies

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  3. Ileana Rousseau says:

    My daughter’s high school drama class in Ft. Lauderdale has also taken a strong stand against bullying by writing a half hour musical. The script, choreograpy, music, and lyrics were written by the students for students so it is very impactful. I’m so glad to see that kids are standing up everyewhere. CBS News Miami coverd the story. Here is there story;

  4. AliRaza Williams says:

    just goes to show you that you should never be nice in life. nice guys finish last. that goes for girls too. in fact they don’t even finish. so STOP BEING NICE. be rude and aggressive and no one will bully you.

  5. The dude says:


  6. Jim Browsky says:

    Get the kids into a martial art.

    Usually the lames are bullied, the ones that look weak.

    You gotta stay tuff to be tough, going soft is a habit.

    1. Dum Browsky says:

      That’s cute Browsky. Let’s waste the kid’s time into training to be a muscle bound dork. No need for other activities. Just go KARATE!

      Deep thinking there.. NOT!

      1. Nick says:

        I guess there are idiots everywhere – the amazing thing is you almost can write.

  7. Jim Browsky says:

    @ NICK.
    Thats real cute, some real fancy thinking there my friend.
    But the best way to beat a bully is at his own game. Most kids who are bullied usually dont have many if any friends, they are usually loners or just kind of lame, and not kind of defensive skills behinde them.
    Get your kids into sports, boxing, krav maga, karate, some form of martial arts, that way atleast they have a fighting chance!!!!

  8. michelle says:

    It has become a much more intense situation for kids these days compared to what we went thru growing up. Yes, there were some bullies, but most kids could stay out of harm’s way if they were smart. Now there is a growing mindset of bully or be bullied that is becoming much more dangerous for our kids. From what I have seen, the kids try to outdo each other in their bullying tactics to impress their friends and protect their status of being in the popular group. I think it is due to a deterioration of instilling morals and core values in our children. The mantra of treat others the way you would want to be treated is not even hinted at in their homes.

  9. Nick says:

    Just hand out guns. It’s amazing how polite folks are when they know everyone is armed. Problem solved.

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