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    We CAN Prevent School Violence
    Lifestyle

    We CAN Prevent School Violence

    Famed psychologist Alice Miller conducted an extensive study into what inspires people to commit acts of violence and abuse. As the saying goes, “Hurt people hurt people,” but not all people who’ve been hurt go on to hurt others.
    Bullying Acronyms
    Lifestyle

    Bullying Acronyms

    These acronyms show several things. First, there is not clear mechanism for reporting. Second, acronyms like SAFE make the victim responsible for stopping the bullying, which is not always possible.
    Improving and Simplifying: In the Right Direction
    Lifestyle

    Improving and Simplifying: In the Right Direction

    Bullying has been a recognized problem for many years, and as we approach 2020, we still face this issue. Despite enormous resources being allocated to fighting bullying, outcomes haven’t improved significantly, which means that the issue is in how the problem is being handled. The new decade should be associated…
    Bully Facts: It’s Not Black and White
    Education

    Bully Facts: It’s Not Black and White

    It’s easy to understand bullying as a simple problem of “bad” kids making life difficult for the “good” kids. This is a common way of thinking that dictates the approach to handling the issue. Counselors, school officials, and educators may be tempted to punish the bullies and support the victims,…
    Bridging the Trust Gap
    Lifestyle

    Bridging the Trust Gap

    There is a gap in trust between students and their educators causing a systemic breakdown in communication. We’ll take a look at the causes of that gap in trust from both the student and educator side and what can be done to address mutual concerns. Educators expect students to willingly…
    Security Theater
    Counselor Resources

    Security Theater

    As educators, we can’t let ourselves be lulled into a false sense of safety by security theater.The images of so-called safety in the classroom have changed throughout history– from students ducking under desks to save themselves from a nuclear attack to doors being blocked by patented barricades to stop a…
    What is bullying, anyway?
    Education

    What is bullying, anyway?

    Last week, I was at a conference talking to a former educator whose wife still teaches. He told me a story of how a parent called his wife to report that their child is being bullied. The teacher was frustrated by dealing with this vague claim in addition to her…
    Science of Stress and Anxiety
    Education

    Science of Stress and Anxiety

    Anxiety is born from stress, but not all stress is bad. There is a performance curve related to stress level. Learning how your body reacts to stress and changing how you react to stress is the first step in overcoming anxiety and avoiding burnout.
    National Mental Health Month
    Counselor Resources

    National Mental Health Month

    As mental health advocates, we are proudly celebrating May being National Mental Health Month at FightSong!Did you know that National Mental Health Month began in 1949? It was founded  “to increase awareness of the importance of mental health and wellness in Americans’ lives, and to celebrate recovery from mental illness.”…

    Who Are The FightSong! Heroes?

      Ashlan Park

      Ashlan Park

      John wanted to break as many stereotypes about Asians as he could. “Asian characters: they’re nerdy, they’re never really cool unless they’re martial artists or something like that. I thought making Ashlan a DJ would be...a very positive and cool representation."
      Aisha Powell

      Aisha Powell

      Aisha's dress is a little more formal-- she wants to become a teacher and she takes herself very seriously. "Aisha comes from the girls and women that were a part of my life and that I haven’t had a chance to see a lot of."
      Reese Carter

      Reese Carter

      Reese found out a friend, a (female) skater, refused to report some students who were physically threatening her every single day in person and on Facebook. When Reese reported it through FS! - He felt like he was protecting his best friend from what he saw was an escalating threat…
      Victor Romero

      Victor Romero

      Even before Victor lost his arm in a car accident when he was 15, Victor had depression. Victor decided to DM his school counselor using FightSong figuring he didn't have anything to lose. His counselor messaged back right away, inviting him into her office and confirming he was safe. Feeling…
      Kai Greene

      Kai Greene

      Getting involved is more important when you’re a part of a marginalized community,” John told us, which is why Kai became an activist. When describing Kai’s gender presentation, John adds that the artist, “wanted everything to read as more neutral."
      Fariha Kapoor

      Fariha Kapoor

      A complicated character like the rest of the FS! Heroes, “She’s a really good basketball player and she’s taking the classic jock character and turning it on its head a bit.”
      John Berry

      John Berry

      John Berry is an Animator, Illustrator, and Teacher currently living and working in Kansas City, MO.

      Our FightSong! Heroes were created as uniquely complicated individuals that all students could find a little bit of themselves in.

      Every FightSong! school receives art quality posters featuring all of the characters and they can be seen throughout our website and social media.

       

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