by Brittany Weekley
16-year-old Sabrina Inman of Thunder Ridge High School in Douglas County, Colorado has made the news for her heroic stance against bullying. As we all know, bullying exists everywhere, especially in schools. Now, more than ever, students are taking a stance against it.
Inman experienced bullying first-hand at her high school. She states, “You would see kids crying in the bathroom and eating alone in the hallway. For half of the year last year, I was one of those people who sat alone.” The bullying not only affected Inman, but it also affected her parents. Her father reported incidents to the school and to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Inman insisted that more needed to be done, so she decided to take action. She duct taped her face and held a note up, protesting the school’s bullying problems. She also made shirts with the words, “Do I have your attention?” She passed the shirts out to her peers.
After Inman’s protests, the Douglas County School District (DCSD) issued a statement concerning bullying. Paula Hans, DCSD Public Information Officer, said,
“Bullying is a serious issue. The Douglas County School District works tirelessly to build compassion and empathy in our students to prevent bullying from ever happening in the first place, and we respond to every single allegation of bullying in our schools. We also have a team that partners with schools to build a positive and connected culture among our students. The DCSD Prevention and School Culture team works with our schools to spread awareness of the DCSD Student Wellness and Prevention Framework, which teaches students how to recognize when they need help and where to find it.
In accordance with our anti-bullying policies, any staff member who witnesses any form of bullying must stop the bullying immediately, and report the incident. Additionally, students and parents are always encouraged to bring any concern to a trusted school staff member or administrator. That way, immediate and appropriate action is taken for the safety of our students. Additionally, students and parents can report a concern anonymously and 24-7 through programs like Text-a-Tip or Safe2Tell.
Although DCSD won’t discuss details surrounding this particular student, the allegations made by the student were thoroughly investigated and addressed appropriately. This is the process followed for every alleged incident reported in one of our schools, and it was fully implemented in this student’s case.”
Inman simply wanted the school and her peers to understand the seriousness of bullying. She hopes her efforts will make a difference.