Kilbourne High students launch anti-bullying effort
ShareThisWednesday, March 16, 2011 12:47 PM
By CANDY BROOKS

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No matter how different that "other kid" may seem, you have this in common: you both put your pants on one leg at a time.

With that in mind, a group of students at Worthington Kilbourne High School has launched an anti-bullying campaign called "One Leg At A Time."

The campaign kicked off this past Sunday with the premiere of the Kilbourne student-made video at the McConnell Arts Center.

Students from Worthington elementary, middle, and high schools play themselves in the video, talking about how it feels to be bullied or to be a bully. A high school counselor also gives advice on how to handle being bullied.

The idea for the video and the campaign came to health teacher Lori Povisil at the beginning of the school year, when her enthusiasm for the coming adventure was cut short by hearing about students who committed suicide because they were bullied.

"Bullycide" seems to have become more prevalent in recent years, and she decided to try to do something about it.

She approached students, who met, decided on a direction, and set out to make the video.

They settled on a theme, lined up students to interview, then worked long hours, finishing the video just hours before the premiere.

"Starring" in the video were students from Bluffsview and Worthington Estates elementary schools, Kilbourne and McCord middle schools, and Kilbourne High School.

Becca Amato and Ben Neiger did the video recording, production, and editing.

All of those involved feel passionate about stopping bullying, Povisil said.

The students are also raising money for the campaign by selling "One Leg At A Time" T-shirts, lanyards, and bracelets. The green bracelets say "Be Nice" and are meant to be handed to anyone to remind them not to bully.

A "One Leg At A Time" website (www.onedayatatime.org) was launched this week, and more anti-bullying activities will be taking place in the future. Among future efforts are to address cyber-bullying, which will be a big project, Povisil said.

"This whole thing has taken on a life of its own," she said.