News News Stories — 30 November 2012
News:  Students participate in anti-bullying assesmbly

On Oct. 31, the Rock Creek student body listened to an assembly with Phil Chalmers.

Chalmers is an author, television personality, assembly speaker and a police trainer. Chalmers studies juvenile homicide and mass murders, and he is an expert in youth behavior, youth culture and youth entertainment. Chalmers is an author of three books: “Inside the Mind of a Teen Killer,” “The Encyclopedia of Teen Killers” and “True Lies.”

“We chose him because he was a well-known speaker in the area, and we had the opportunity,” principal Eric Koppes said.

During the assembly at Rock Creek, Chalmers discussed various topics that affect teenagers, such as safe sex, appropriate phone use, drug use, suicide,and emotional and physical bullying.

“Phil kept it very real and put the topics in a perspective that everyone understood,” Koppes said. “I think he sent a good message to all the students.”

The assembly was educational, and students said they would like for Chalmers to come back for the new students every year.

“Bullying has always been a big thing, but this assembly gave us more sense on how bad it actually can get and made us more alert,” senior Randall Thomas said.

As most students would agree, freshman Katrina Miller said, “I liked how we could visit with him and take pictures with him afterwards.”

According to Koppes, the assembly with Chalmers was just one of the ways that the school hopes to encourage students to stop bullying. In addition, Koppes said that on Nov. 26 and Nov. 28, there were assemblies on NetSmartz for junior high students and sophomore through senior classes; freshmen have already listened to this information.

“Another way to combat bullying is to tell your parents and teachers before it gets too bad,” Koppes said.

Story and photo by Mickenzie Blaise, Staff Member

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