NAUGATUCK − On Jan. 8, Naugatuck High School students administrated the anti-bullying program, Crossing the Line, in the NHS auditorium. The program was coordinated by NHS alumna Chelsea Maza.
Juniors and seniors at NHS had been preparing for this assembly since the beginning of the school year. The Crossing the Line production is a huge event each year
and presented to the current sophomore class. The reaction to this assembly is the same each year. It is a huge hit with barely any dry eyes in the audience. Students definitely learn from this assembly, and take its lessons to use in every day life.
The assembly began with numerous PowerPoint presentations and videos that explained what bullying is, what types of bullying are common, and the roles played in each occurrence. Staff also put together learning activities and went to Advisory classrooms to further inform sophomore students about the roles of bullying in smaller groups.
“I think the show went well,” said Frank Ruela, a senior at NHS and staff member of Crossing the Line. “I think going to the Advisory classes really helped spread awareness.”
Toward the ending half of the assembly, a panel of students shared and confessed their experiences as bullies, allies, bystanders and victims to the students as a way to show how bullying is all around us and affects many students and sometimes goes unnoticed. Afterward, a confidential open mic opportunity was offered to students in the audience to share their feelings and experiences without names or blame.
Multiple musical performances, including Senior Jussonjah Dube; Junior Taylor Campos and Sophomore Anthony Conner; Senior Paul Munko; and the brother/sister duo of Seniors Alex and Nick Hernandez.
Reactions to the program were positive. Some cried; most felt sympathy and compassion toward victims, and some even reached out to help others.
“It was good,” says Sophomore Lirim Beluli, about the show. “It really made me think about stuff that goes around at school.”
Mckenzi Staples, also a sophomore and attendant of the assembly, said, “My favorite part was open mic …I thought it was very inspiring to see what people actually go through.”