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Don't be a bystander

Many people choose to ignore gang and bullying activity in their neighborhoods and schools. Does silence hurt? Think about events in history that may have been prevented or their impact lessened if people had spoken up and did not close their doors against violence. In your school media center, research a war crime or genocide that occurred during the 20th century. Discuss with your classmates what role bystanders played in these events. Look for articles in the St. Petersburg Times about current crimes that continue because of people’s silence. Write a short essay about the information you find. Share your information with your class and here on the NIE Blogging Zone.

Do you see incidents in school or in your neighborhood where bystanders contribute to the situation? Share your thoughts here.

[Last modified: Tuesday, May 25, 2010 12:55pm]


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