Clarkston High School students encouraged to "Stand Up Against Bullying"

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The cast of Netherworld Haunted House visited ninth grade students at Clarkston High School on Tuesday, October 7 to deliver an anti-bullying presentation called “Don’t Be A Monster.”

In partnership with Communities In Schools of Atlanta, the Don’t Be A Monster campaign is a program delivered in the month of October, which is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month.

The cast spoke about the effects of bullying, while encouraging the group of 700 students to take a stand and speak out against bullying.

The star of the presentation was Frank Shelly, a Frankenstein-inspired character, who played the role as a student being bullied in school. Students watched a video about Frank experiencing mental, physical and cyber bullying by various students at the school. Although Frank appeared to be a real monster; on the contrary, the students learned that the real “monsters” were the students bullying Frank in the video.

At the conclusion of the presentation, students, in unison, took a vow to “to stand up against bullying.” Moments later, a surprise guest, Frank, appeared in person to meet and greet the students.

Don’t Be A Monster presentations are energetic and inspiring. Attendees are challenged to evaluate their understanding of the community and how to be more inclusive of those around them. By teaching students concepts like diversity, expanding their social circles, being a leader, and evaluating how they treat themselves and their peers – bullying will start occurring less in schools. Additionally, students leave the presentation equipped with the tools they need to have an educated and empathetic discussion around bullying.

Check out photos from the day's event:

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