Peace and Disarmament

Back to listApr 1, 2012

SGI-USA Hosts Anti-Bullying Event

anti-bullying eventSGI-USA members participating in the anti-bullying event

On April 1, SGI-USA members addressed some 400 high school and college students at the “Moving Beyond Fear: Anti-Bullying Awareness Day” organized by the Indiana University Bloomington Office of Community and School Partnerships (OCSP) at the university’s Union Street Auditorium. Included in the scope of violence and bullying was the proliferation of nuclear weapons between countries.

In his keynote speech, Shawn Woods, a motivational speaker, talked about the effects of bullying on children and adults alike and ways of increasing awareness to bring it to an end. Ottawa Sanders, president of the university’s SGI student club, discussed how nuclear proliferation leads to a type of bullying between countries and ultimately affects individuals. An SGI member gave an example of this point by talking about the appalling effects of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings on innocent civilians.

The day, which also included musical and dance performances, ended with students signing anti-bullying pledges, promising to help victims of bullying and befriend those in need. Kim Morris-Newson, associate director of OCSP and an SGI-USA member, said it's important to understand the issues underlying bullying and to find solutions to help empower young people.

In conjunction with the event, SGI's anti-nuclear weapons exhibition "From a Culture of Violence to a Culture of Peace" was shown until April 10.

[Adapted from an article in the May 18, 2012, issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photo courtesy of Jamel Dotson]