Every day, 160,000 students miss school because of bullying. A group of Colorado Shakespeare Festival actors is working to change that. During the school year, a handful of CSF actors goes on tour to local elementary, middle and high schools to perform a Shakespeare play. Then the actors host a workshop, highlighting themes from the Bard’s writing to define bullying and discuss how students can prevent it and become an upstander.
Every day 160,000 students miss school because of bullying
[Hands, put your empty hands in mine]
[And scars, show me all the scars you hide.]
Have you ever seen bullying behavior at your school?
How often do we step in to prevent it?
Sorrow on you and all the pack of you that triumphed thus upon my misery!
In Colorado a group of actors is using theatre to make school safer
They perform a Shakespeare play that highlights mistreatment and bullying.
In a workshop after the play, students learn how to be upstanders, instead of bystanders.
When someone steps in to help we call them an upstander.
If you are an upstander you can make a difference.
What are some things we could do to be upstanders?
Hey, I don’t think that’s really cool
I don’t think that’s a good idea
Put yourself in her shoes. What do you think she’s going through?
And the word for that is empathy. Developing empathy is the key to building a safer community.
[‘Cuz I’m gonna stand by you. Even if we’re breaking down we can find a way to break through…]
One way to become an upstander is to contact Safe 2 Tell, an anonymous tip line.
This is a great way that you can prevent violence when you see it.
[I’m gonna stand by you. Even if we’re breaking down, we can find a way to break through]
[Even if we can’t find heaven… Love, you’re not alone.]
[Cuz I’m gonna stand by you.]
Stand up for each other.
We could choose to help.
Call Safe 2 Tell.
You could save a life.
Don’t be afraid to get help.
You can make a difference.
[‘Cuz I’m gonna stand by you. Love you’re not alone, I’m gonna stand by you.]
This video was made in conjunction with the Colorado Shakespeare Festival, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence, and the CU Boulder Office for Outreach and Engagement.
Safe 2 Tell Colorado. Video by Landlocked Films. “Stand By You” sung by Rachel Platten. Written by Matthew Morris, Rachel Platten, Jack Antonoff, and Joy Williams. BMG Platinum.
The Shakespeare and Violence Prevention Program website: www.coloradoshakes.org. Safe 2 Tell website and phone number: www.safe2tell.org (877)542-7233