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Photos by JASMYN GONZALEZ
Video by Seth Hendrickson
On April 14 Redlands East Valley High School was visited by extreme sports specialist in an attempt to spread anti-bullying awareness. Members of the ASA high school tour program expressed the importance of bullying awareness in a new, engaging way and focused on mind opening statistics that shocked the school’s population. With a high flying show grasping the young generation’s interest, including a miraculous jump over a teacher volunteer, Mr. Ducey, attention was high and the teens were given the message in a more understandable way. This new approach to make people aware of the issues is sure to take the nation by storm and positively impact the United States public schools.
BMX bike experts performed several tricks impressing the students and creating a face to the anti-bullying project. The show gathered all kids together for an important cause. This bike presentation made possible with X Games competitors and extreme athletes worldwide. During the show several statistics about bullying across America alarmed kids and staff alike. These facts were followed by clarification and advice for all kids to further their knowledge on the topic. As the rally went on the heart stopping jumps continued and the advice turned into things each and everyone can do in their lives.
Along with the mind blowing stunts the U.S. Marines were also involved to support the project. They were holding a pull up contest and providing kids with information not only on the military but also on the subject of the day. With their support and the ASA tour team anti-bullying awareness is being taught around the country rather than hidden. The kids today are more informed and have less excuses to turn away from helping a known victim and tell someone about a bully. The main message of their visit was made clear by 24 year professional BMX rider, Gabe Weed, when he said, “ stand up to bullying, if you see anything take a screenshot and show someone, don’t be afraid to come to school because of some bullying, and take advantage of the resources around you.”