Briscoe Junior goes orange to fight prejudice

Briscoe Junior High students Rachel Mgbeike and Alexander Jopio carry the “Resolution of Respect” signed by Briscoe students.

No, the Briscoe Jr. High Eagles have not changed their colors from black and gold to orange.

But students and staff are trying to make a change for the better on their campus.

Briscoe is an Anti-Defamation League “No Place for Hate” campus. Once a month, the students dress in orange to remind themselves that they have pledged to respect the differences in their classmates and challenge bigotry and prejudice.

“We’ve also distributed orange wristbands to all the faculty and staff,” said Briscoe Principal Mike Semmler. “They serve as a daily reminder that we have signed a pledge against bullying and prejudice.”

Semmler said the faculty is using advisory periods to teach anti-bullying lessons. Students signed a “Resolution of Respect,” pledging to make the school a “No Place for Hate” zone and the school is using a website – stopwalktalk.org   – so that students have an anonymous way to report bullying in the school.

Monthly  assemblies are used to drive the point home.

“I just want to remind the students that we are all in this together,” Semmler said.

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