BCPS students to bullies: You’re not welcome here!

Kind-O-Grams at Kingsville Elementary

With cheers and bright green wrist bands, the first Baltimore County Public Schools Anti-Bullying Day got off to a rousing start on Friday, March 1, at Lansdowne Middle School and scores of other BCPS schools across the county.

The day was designated as the school system’s Anti-Bullying Day earlier this year by members of Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance’s Student Advisory Board. Those members joined Dr. Dance and County Executive Kevin Kamenetz at a pep rally against bullying on March 1, the official kickoff to a day of activities and events at schools across Baltimore County, all aimed at promoting respect and raising awareness about the effects of bullying.

County Executive Kamenetz proclaimed the day as “Anti-Bullying Day” in Baltimore County, and Dr. Dance spoke about the importance of ensuring safe, welcoming learning environments – schools free of bullies – for all students.

The kickoff and dignitaries also came to Lansdowne Middle to honor Kaeviya Butler, a Grade 7 student at the school who was recognized for her winning slogan, “#TeamNoBullying,” in a competition held among middle and high school student councils.

Kingsville students hold Kind-O-Grams
Anti-bullying relay races at Lansdowne Middle School
Kaeviya Butler of Lansdowne Middle School and her mother display their green wrist bands
Student Advisory Board members show their green wrist bands
Timonium ES Peace Patrol

That slogan adorns the latest and most popular fashion accessory among BCPS students and staff this month, those green wrist bands that on Friday seemed everywhere. “I’ve got mine on,” Dr. Dance told Grade 7 students at Lansdowne, lifting an arm in a show of support.

Students across Baltimore County schools also signed an Anti-Bullying Pledge and participated in scores of unique and creative activities to show their commitment to non-bullying, from relay races at Lansdowne Middle to anti-bullying lunchtime flash mobs at Hawthorne Elementary School to “bully-proof” lessons at Chesapeake Terrace Elementary School.

Across the district, students also viewed a message from Dr. Dance about bullying and exchanged “Kindness Cards” with one another to foster respect and school unity.



Story and photos by Charles Herndon, BCPS Communications Specialist, and school Good News Ambassadors.
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