Mayor Jack Hobbie declared “Stand for the Silent” observances in Nebraska City on Friday, April 26, to raise awareness about the damaging impacts of bullying.
The proclamation said 70 percent of Nebraska City middle school students regard bullying a large problem at their school.
It said relentless bullying is linked to school drop-outs and school violence subsequent to harassment.
“It is a myth that youth will outgrow bullying,” the proclamation said. “This is a problem that needs to be addressed immediately.”
The mayor said Stand for the Silent educates youth on the prolonged effects of bullying and the impression it leaves on their peers.
In 2012, over 1,000 Otoe County students joined the national Stand for the Silent movement and pledged to make a difference in their schools and communities by taking a stand against bullying.
The Nebraska City Middle School showed a video about bullying at an Oklahoma school that led to the 2010 suicide of 11-year-old Ty Smalley.
The national movement includes seven seconds of silence and a pledge to take a stand against bullying.
A United Against Violence in Southeast Nebraska committee is helping to organize observances on April 26.
The committee has provided Syracuse, Palmyra-Bennet, Nebraska City public and Lourdes Central Catholic with violence-preventing curriculum material.
“The hope is that by teaching students the skills that strengthen their ability to manage emotions, have empathy and solve problems that it will significantly reduce youth violence in Otoe County,” said Traic Reuter of St. Mary's Community Hospital.
Reuter said window and yard signs are available by contacting her at email@example.com.