Solving the problems of violence and bullying were on the minds of many as Benton Harbor High School students came together to talk about peace.
Violence and bullying are nationwide issues, but some students want to end it.
“I wanted to teach the young people that if there is a problem in the community, they have the power to solve it,” says Elnora Gavin, a business education teacher.
Gavin’s students teamed up with “Think Respect” and after some planning they held a peace ceremony.
High school students packed the auditorium Friday to listen to several speakers explain what a peace ceremony is, why it is so important to end violence, end bullying and have more respect.
“Day-by-day we witness students getting bullied, abused, accused, you know falsely accused of things that they don’t really, you know, have any fault in and it is just time we speak out because if no one ever speaks out we will never get this problem solved,” says senior, Dontrell Sims.
“If you happen to be a student who is being bullied when you come to school or you are being made uncomfortable by your classmates when you come to school you are not going to be too worried about learning about that new algebra equation,” adds Safe and Supportive School Building Liaison, Kristi Domrase.
“The last day of school, right after school, that's when we fight and I think that it’s time to change that. Just because that is tradition doesn't mean it has to be that way”, says Gavin.
Teachers say the last day of school has been declared as a day of peace.
To celebrate, they will have a peace walk June 6th at 11:10 A.M.