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Bullying Culture in Boyle Heights

From: Sara Harris
Length: 07:50

Oscar Rodriguez and René Ayala look at how the subtlest forms of bullying serve as cultural cues for peer intervention in a majority-Latino high school in Los Angeles.

Img_4227_small Oscar Rodriguez and René Ayala are student leaders and activists at Roosevelt High School's communication school on the eastside of Los Angeles. As they set out on what seems to be a simple task-- to define what bullying is at their school-- they realize that little common ground exists, but a lot of common sense and empathy take them a long way. In the face of statewide budget cuts, students rely on their own cultural sensitivities to address bullying when counseling services fall by the wayside. This story features an interview with one the hardest-working staffers at the Los Angeles Unified School District-- bullying prevention and invervention specialist-- Holly Priebe Díaz.

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Oscar Rodriguez and René Ayala are student leaders and activists at Roosevelt High School's communication school on the eastside of Los Angeles. As they set out on what seems to be a simple task-- to define what bullying is at their school-- they realize that little common ground exists, but a lot of common sense and empathy take them a long way. In the face of statewide budget cuts, students rely on their own cultural sensitivities to address bullying when counseling services fall by the wayside. This story features an interview with one the hardest-working staffers at the Los Angeles Unified School District-- bullying prevention and invervention specialist-- Holly Priebe Díaz.

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Very Nice Program

Great program. Excellent use of experts, as well as, students that have experience bullying. Keep up the good work. Looking forward to future pieces.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

According to government statistics gathered in schools around the U.S., “teachers intervene in only 14 percent of classroom bullying incidents and in 4 percent of bullying incidents that happen outside the classroom.” That often leaves students to fend for themselves. Student activists Oscar Rodriguez and René Ayala report on the realities of this statistic from Roosevelt High School in the Boyle Heights neighborhood of Los Angeles. In the face of waning student counseling services, they set out on what seems to be a simple task-- to define what bullying is at their school and whether or not it's a problem.

OUTRO:

René and Oscar's story was produced for Generation PRX's bullying project by Sara Harris at Hear in the City, in Los Angeles.

Additional Credits

Catie Talarski at WNPR and Jones Franzel at GPRX!

Related Website

www.hearinthecity.org