Reaching Out To Each Other

Floral Park students participate in Unity Day, part of National Bullying Prevention Month


Demi Cascio, Co-Editor in Chief

There is no place for hate in this world.

As students, and members of the youngest generation, it only makes sense for all of us to unite and show respect for each other. If you watch the news, or follow social media, it appears that the hate people have for each other is increasing by the second. But everyone needs to stop wasting time and energy on hate, and learn to coexist, regardless of our differences, to improve society.

On October 23, students at Floral Park Memorial took a small step to reach this lofty goal.

As part of the National Bullying Prevention Month activities, Unity Day was an opportunity for students and the entire school community to show support for those who have suffered from bullying. The school environment should be a place for education, and not one infiltrated by bitter hatred. Children need to be taught more about accepting all people, and embracing our differences. Ideally, bullying wouldn’t even be part of a child’s vocabulary by the time of middle school.

Bullying is a form of aggressive behavior by the use of force or coercion to affect others. Bullying can be verbal, physical or even emotional. This last form of bullying comes from when there is repetition in these aggressive behaviors that affect others. The reasons why young people might resort to bullying are varied, but ultimately, it is up to all of us to promote a school community that defeats bullying. Bullying is wrong and discouraged by so many people. And with more efforts like Unity Day, we can continue to come together, educate people about the devastating effects of bullying, and get rid of it once and for all.

As a sign of support and unity, students, teachers and staff wore orange on this day while several classes made decorations throughout the school to help raise awareness. A special thanks to Ms. D’Ammassa, Student Activities Director, who helped organize this event.