PSA Hopes To Bring Cyber Bullying Awareness To Ladue High School
LADUE, MO (KTVI)–Hurtful, devastating, painful, those are the words young women use to describe what it felt like to be publically ridiculed on a vulgar and at times obscene list created by fellow students at Ladue High School.
Friday at Missouri lawmaker promised to re-introduce legislation to require school districts to format anti-bullying policy that includes a description of how the staff will respond to complaints.
A Ladue parent and now a former graduate have both indicated the high school administration did little to nothing to respond to the harassment and bullying caused by a “slam sheet” targeting five to ten female students distributed at school at the end of the spring term in 2012 and in 2007.
Current University of Missouri senior, Missy Combs said “I don’t want future Ladue girls to feel uncomfortable and violated in their educational environment. She wrote a letter detailing her experiences that was published Friday on the Ladue-FrontenacPatch.com web site. “The continuation of the list year after year is the direct result of teenagers not having consequences for their actions,” Combs wrote.
Speaking to FOX2 by telephone, Combs said Ladue boys targeted successful female students in an effort “to try to bring them down.” She said she was active in school and was a varsity football and competition cheerleader.
A spokesperson for the Ladue School District said the administration has intervened in the past, but it does not “get media attention.”
Missouri State Representative Sue Allen (R) Town and Country said it is time to protect every student in their school setting. “It’s about making the schools accountable” at first step she said. Allen indicated this measure would receive bi-partisan support. Allen attended the closed Ladue School Board meeting with Ladue parent Ruth Ahlemeier on Monday. Ahlemeier tried to file a complaint about the list and the high school’s response to it last spring. She is waiting to see an itemized list of action from the board to combat the bullying.
Unrelated to the public debate over how Ladue handles harassment issues, a sophomore student produced a public service announcement for her school broadcasting class that targets cyberbullying. Lillian Donahue selected the topic because she knows friends who have been bullied over the internet. “Social media isn’t meant to be for something bad. It’s meant to bring people together and to get ideas and information out there; not for putting people down, “she said Friday.
Donahue who is on the school student council and field hockey team as well as other activities believes computers offer insecure teens a chance to hide as they try to put others down. But she has hope her sophomore class will be able to put an end to the so-called tradition of issuing a “senior” or “slam” list each spring.
Donahue’s public service announcement dramatized how an individual feels when they are criticized and ridiculed on social media sites. Her twin sister, Abigail portrayed the bullied coed while Lillian videotaped the action as a class assignment.
Part of the assignment was to post the video to School Tube, a web site that accepts student videos.
You can view the video by clicking here.