Speaker Challenges Middle School Students to Stop Bullying Behavior

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No hunting campaign raises awareness about bullying on school campuses

Fabian speaking at assembly

I didn't feel safe at my middle school

On May 12, 2010, Hispanic youth speaker Fabian Ramirez spoke at four middle school assemblies in the Eagle Mountain-Saginaw Independent School District. In his speeches Fabian made sure every student was aware of the consequences of school bullying and how schools in the district adopted no hunting zones for bullying behavior on their campuses.

In 2005, Texas passed a law allowing students who are being bullied to be able to transfer schools or districts. School districts are required to address the problem in the discipline management plan and they must use language that prohibits bullying in their code of conduct.

Student s at all assemblies were encouraged to chant, “Bullying, stops with me,” whenever Fabian pointed at them. He made it a point to say that a student can stop bullies by reporting their behavior to the school administration so they can take action. He also recommended that schools across America need a way for students to report bullying behavior without being reprimanded. Schools should also adopt a zero-tolerance bullying policy.

Counselors with the district wanted a youth speaker to speak to the students and let them know about the reality of bullying. Fabian was able to share the story of Phoebe Prince who hung herself in January 2010 and how students who bullied her at school are now facing criminal charges.

School bullying continues to be a problem across America. The term “Bullycide” is being used when a victim kills themselves due to constant bullying from other people.

“Bullying messes with your psyche,” says Fabian Ramirez who shared that over seventy percent of school shooters had been victims of bullying.

“Find a buddy and stick together,” said Ramirez as to how to avoid become a victim. Bullies are less likely to pick on more than one student at a time.

As a middle school bullying speaker Fabian shares his personal experience with students using humor and storytelling to get the important message across. “I didn’t feel safe at school,” Fabian told students during the assemblies. He told students to report bullies the minute they feel threatened. School needs to be a safe place where students can attend without living in fear so that learning can occur.

About Fabian
Fabian Ramirez is a youth motivational speaker based out of Dallas, TX. Fabian has worked with at-risk youth for over ten years and continues to be a driving force in motivating students to finish high school and continue on to college. Fabian was bullied in middle school and now he gets to share his story with thousands of middle school students every year. Consider inviting him to your school to share his powerful message with your students.

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