PCHS students write anti-bullying resolution
February 12, 2014
Park City High School Student Council members Adam Snyder and Sara Tabin were approached several months ago by current Summit County Councilor Roger Armstrong and former Park City Councilor Alex Butwinski with the idea of writing anti-bullying resolutions.
Snyder said they decided that he and Tabin would be more in touch with any sort of bullying going on at the high school. Thursday, Feb. 6, the two students took the podium at the Park City Council meeting to ask the council to approve their resolution and sign it into a proclamation by Park City Mayor Jack Thomas.
"As we were observing, asking around and trying to get a feel for what might be important to be included in our resolution, we noted at that at the high school, we don’t have as much physical violence, group teasing or sort of the stereotypical types of bullying," Tabin said.
However, she added that there have been incidences of "cyber bullying, insidious rumors and malicious gossip." The two juniors decided to focus on "sub-tweeting," a form of Internet bullying when a person uses Twitter to send out a tweet that insults, spreads a rumor or teases another person without mentioning them by name but is clearly about someone in particular.
Snyder introduced a short video that he and Tabin created to highlight all forms of bullying, which they showed to the PCHS student body just before they were released for winter break. The video received applause from both the council and meeting attendees.
Tabin and Snyder then read the resolution, which included the definition of bullying as "a form of aggressive behavior, including, but not limited to, physical bullying, cyber bullying, social exclusion, malicious hearsay, passive aggression, harassment for sexual orientation or gender identification and victimization due to one’s race, socioeconomic status or ethnicity."
They received a standing ovation from all present, and the council unanimously approved the measure. Afterwards, Mayor Thomas signed it and read the proclamation.