By Justin Gilmore
The song I play when I turn on my iPod often depends on my mood. The music can help me escape from life, but more and more often I need some inspiration — a song that reminds me of a core value that I strongly believe in.
If we are serious about making West Virginia bully free, I think we need a soundtrack that empowers us to make change. Every Wednesday, I hope to post a song that has a good message and will provide some midweek inspiration! Send your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Thinking about all the different songs I wanted to feature here was difficult, but I knew instantly which song I wanted to post first: “Children Will Listen,” sung by Bernadette Peters. This song comes from the musical “Into the Woods” a Stephen Sondheim work. (Please note that the musical, like all Sondheim works, is not suitable for all audiences, but this song is definitely appropriate!)
Peters’ character in the musical tells a new father of the importance of avoiding all the mistakes he has made in his life. She reminds him that children may not do what their parents say, but they will learn by example. Anyone who has been in a teaching / parenting / babysitting role over a younger person knows this to be true.
Fairness WV’s program director, Bradley Milam, was recently interviewed for a Charleston Gazette article on WV Bully-Free!
The article, dated August 7, 2011, outlined WV Bully-Free’s efforts to educate the public and policymakers about more effective anti-bullying policies. “It is a campaign that will show the public as well as policymakers that we need to have a much more effective policy here,” Bradley said.
It cited data from GLSEN’s 2009 National School Climate Survey, which showed that nearly nine in 10 lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students had experienced harassment at school within the previous year, and about two-thirds felt unsafe because of their sexual orientation.
The article also highlighted stories from WV Bully-Free’s video project from former WV high school students who experienced bullying and harassment because of their sexual orientation.
Read the Gazette article here.