Millions of school children across the nation have been the victim of bullying over the years. Last night I attended a function sponsored by the Irvington Diversity Foundation with over 700 other parents, children and community leaders. This event was amazing. Every school district in Greenburgh, the county, state and nation should follow the example of Irvington---constantly making students aware that bullying is unacceptable(www.IrvingtonDiversity.org).
Schools and communities that are supportive of diversity can make a positive difference in combatting prejudice, hate, bigotry and bullying. At the event last night the Irvington Diversity Foundation highlighted the fact that bullying includes but is not limited to harassment, discrimination based on race, color, weight, national origin, ethnicity, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender or sex. Cyberbullying is defined as harassment or bullying which takes place through any form of electronic communication.
A highlight of the event was a performance by 15 year old Julianna Padilla.
She is a stutterer and is involved in an organization called The Stuttering
Association for the Young. She had a very difficult time speaking to those
assembled last night. But she could sing beautifully. Never realized that those
who stutter and find it difficult to talk use a different part of their brain
when they sing. The following link was found on You Tube.
Put your Hands up by Julianna Padillla