Rutgers Football Players Bring Anti-Bullying Message To Metuchen Sixth Graders

METUCHEN — On Wednesday, May 2, sixth grade students at Edgar Middle School attended an Anti-Bullying Assembly featuring five Rutgers University football players. The athletes sent a clear message to the students that bullying is unacceptable. The assembly featured Rutgers players J.T. Tartacoff, Duron Harmon, Brandon Jones, Logan Ryan, and Timothy Wright.

Edgar teachers Suzy Menafro (Language Arts), Erin Santasieri (Special Education), and Melanie Wansor (Health) organized this assembly for the sixth grade students. The assembly started out with a brief review of what the students learned from reading the book “Crash” by Jerry Spinelli in their Language Arts classes this year. Then, the students had a brief review of bullying terms and the healthy ways to deal with bullying.

After the review, the students presented skits, which they created in health class, demonstrating the different types of bullying and healthy reactions to put a stop to bullying. In each skit, the guest athlete was the “victim.” Following the skits the teachers discussed why it is important to report, support, or stand up to bullying. They also discussed how the victim would feel if “nothing happened.”

Then, guest athlete Timothy Wright shared a personal experience from his childhood in which he put a stop to bullying. True empathy was expressed and there was a valuable message behind his story.

Prior to the assembly, the students submitted questions that they wanted to ask the athletes. The questions that were selected asked about the athletes’ personal experiences with bullying.

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