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Anti-bully protest takes new form

Posted at: 05/13/2013 12:14 PM
Updated at: 05/13/2013 6:03 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi



ROTTERDAM - Something different is going on at Mohonasen High School this week.

Some students and faculty will wear the same clothes every day.

They're doing this after seeing one teacher wear the same outfit for this entire school year, as a way to fight bullying.

They were inspired to do this by teacher Faith Perry.

Mrs. Perry, an alternative education teacher, has put on the same floral top, and black slacks every day this school year.

She decided to wear the same outfit all year, after she heard a student make fun of another student in her class for wearing the same clothes two days in a row.

She washes the same every night, or every other night, and puts them right back on the next morning, almost like a uniform, with a big 'anti-bullying' badge.

For a while, students and teachers didn't even notice.

But soon, the questions started - and Mrs. Perry's mission became a popular one.

Angelina Agrelo says she's joining in because she knows what it feels like to be bullied.

Lindsey Gerhard is doing it too - even though she admits, it is a bit nerve-racking.

And they are doing it, with a strong teacher like Mrs. Perry by their side.

There is a law in New York State that requires school districts to protect children against bullying.

The Dignity for all Students Act says schools should guard against any forms of discrimination and harassment based on ethnicity and disability.