Lancaster school featured in PBS premiere of Not In Our Town: Class Actions

LANCASTER – At 10:30 p.m. tonight, Lancaster’s Del Sur middle school will be featured in the nationally broadcast PBS premiere of Not In Our Town – Class Actions, a documentary which profiles students and community members who are creating change in the wake of racism, anti-Semitism, and the traumatic consequences of bullying.

The half-hour documentary will highlight how Del Sur counselor Lauri Massari  organized an anti-bullying campaign that brought together the community and its four school districts serving 50,000 students.

“We had two suicides that happened within 50 miles of our school and our town,” Massari says in Class Actions. “When something like this happens so close to your own community it’s a wake-up call and you realize that this could happen to any one of us and we’ve got to do something a little bit more because apparently what we were doing isn’t working isn’t enough.”

The strength of the anti-bullying program, Massari says, lies in student involvement, “Kids create change on campus, not adults. They have the power to create the culture that’s important to them.”  Massari also encourages students to focus on the positive aspects of “peer power” versus “peer pressure.”

Narrated by Yul Kwon, the documentary features Lancaster, Oxford, Mississippi and Bloomington, Indiana as they share how they are standing against hate and bullying.

Lancaster residents may tune-in at 10:30 p.m. to their local PBS channel KOCE, which can be found on Time Warner Cable’s PBS channels 408 (HD) and 240 (Standard Definition).

For more information regarding the “Not In Our Town” program, visit

View video of counselor Lauri Massari describing why she created a Not In Our School anti-bullying program at Del Sur school and how it spread to the entire Lancaster community in the DVD extra from the PBS program, Not In Our Town: Class Actions.

View the opening/teaser of the PBS premiere of Not In Our Town – Class Actions below.

  3 comments for “Lancaster school featured in PBS premiere of Not In Our Town: Class Actions

  1. S Medrano
    February 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Again Mr Ace my previous post says it all…you are the one willingly sharing info regarding your dysfunctional family to the cyberspace world…the topic was Bullying…I prefer Springer!

  2. S Medrano
    February 14, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    WOW! Your grandchildren must be so proud of you! Perhaps you were bullied as a child??

    • S Medrano
      February 15, 2012 at 5:14 pm

      Apparently your personal convictions didn’t work to well with your daughter…so sorry to hear about the grandkids, hopefully they will overcome. Glad to know you have a gym where you can kick butt!

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