A group of Rye Neck Middle School students in sixth through eighth grade, who had demonstrated leadership skills as members of the school community, partnered with representatives from the Anti-Defamation League for a workshop on Oct. 24.

As part of a worldwide movement, the students engaged in an important conversation about how cyberbullying affects their community and how they can prevent it. Empowered to become allies and stand up for what’s right, they participated in a variety of activities and action planning to discover how they can make a positive difference in their school and community. 

“We want to stress that Rye Neck Middle School is a place of acceptance where all students are welcomed and accepted for who they are, and that there really is no place for hate here,” guidance counselor Meegan Lawlor said. 

Lawlor said that while technology provides students with a wide range of opportunities, it is important to teach them how to use it safely and think before they post anything online. 

Throughout the school year, the core group of students will help spread the message of acceptance to the entire school and continue to participate in activities that promote unity and respect among their peers. 

For the fifth consecutive year, Rye Neck Middle School is participating in the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate program, which is designed to create an inclusive and tolerant school community by empowering students to reduce bullying.