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For the seventh consecutive year, Stagg High School in Palos Hills, held its annual week-long Say Something program that educates students not only on preventing bullying, but also on preventing any type of violence inside or outside of the classroom. (Supplied photos)

For the seventh consecutive year, Stagg High School in Palos Hills, held its annual week-long Say Something program that educates students not only on preventing bullying, but also on preventing any type of violence inside or outside of the classroom. (Supplied photos)

Stagg students pledge to fight bullying

By Kelly White

Stagg High School students strive to put a stop to bullying.

For the seventh consecutive year, the school at 8015 W. 111th St. in Palos Hills, held its annual week-long Say Something program that educates students not only on preventing bullying, but also on preventing any type of violence inside or outside of the classroom.

“I feel that Say Something sheds a lot of light on mental health,” Amar Ahmed, 16, of Palos Hills, said. “It allows students to say something without being afraid of getting in trouble.”

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Assistant Principal Mary Pat Carr and Stagg’s Deans’ Secretary Mary Dotson were happy to promote Say Something Week at the high school in Palos Hills.

Through Say Something, students feel empowered to keep themselves and others safe, said Assistant Principal Mary Pat Carr.

Through the program, students learn what are concerning behaviors that they should report and can prevent someone or may people from being harmed or harming someone else. They also learn more about the resources available to them and create action plans in advance of emergencies.

“Say Something is a significant part of the culture at Stagg; it is part of what we do and who we are,” Carr said. “We honor Say Something Week each fall, but really consider it a kickoff event for the efforts that we make all year to empower our students to be advocates for their safety and the safety of others.

Our students and staff take pride in the work they have done and their willingness to work collaboratively to prevent violence or tragedy. All year long, our staff are committed to be a support for our students and encourage them to make a report to them, with the expectation that they will take it seriously and will follow up.”

Say Something Week is a call to action for students across the country sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise. The Sandy Hook Promise was founded by parents who lost their children at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012. The horrific event took the lives of 20 students and 16 educators.

The Sandy Hook Promise works to empower students to make a report to a trusted adult when they have a concern about safety. The project aims to show not only students, but also educators, how to look for warning signs, signals and threats, especially in social media, of an individual who may be a threat to themselves or others and to say something to a trusted adult to get help.

This is exactly what Say Something at Stagg enforces, as well.

“Personally, I love the way that it brings all members of our community together,” Carr said. “Our students, staff, local first responders, and families all use Say Something as a vehicle to strengthen relationships and improve the safety of our school and community. Stagg’s passion for the message of Say Something never ceases to amaze me. Our students, staff, and community use Say Something to show they care for each other and look out for each other.”

Stagg High School has been participating in Say Something Week since 2015 and is committed to delivering this important message to anyone within the local community.

Various clubs and organizations within the school helped to promote the positive health week, including: Stagg’s audio/visual Club who filmed and edited a video that all students view in Advisory about Say Something; the school’s student council who decorated the entire campus for Say Something Week; the I Am Here Club, AV Club, and Speech Team who narrated the video that all students viewed about the importance of saying something; the art department who created a pledge banner for 1000’s of students to sign at their lunch to commit to saying something if they ever have a safety concern; and students with special need who sorted and distributed Say Something bracelets to all on campus students.

All students within the school took a pledge to say something and shared a message of thanks to their trusted adult.

“What I value most about Say Something is that Stagg is a very open environment where conversation is encouraged,” Courtney Conroy, 16, of Palos Hills, said. “There are more teachers than I can count on my fingers who I could go to Say Something if I feel like I’m in danger or have an issue to be addressed. I’m glad it’s been implemented in our school and I hope it continues for years to come.”

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Stagg High School Principal Eric Olsen pledges to Say Something during the annual program at the high school, 8015 W. 111th St., Palos Hills.

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