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.”
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 NIOT.org.
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.