Guam – A handful of students from five of Guam’s secondary schools have been picked to become Safe School Ambassadors. The student ambassadors are being trained this week to not just talk about bullying and school violence but to put a stop to it by influencing their peers in a positive way.
“It just tells us to step out,” Academy of Our Lady of Guam Junior Dareon Rios said of the program. “Be an influential voice.”
Students from Academy, John F. Kennedy High School, Southern High School, Oceanview Middle School and Inarajan Middle School are participating in the training which began at the Holiday Resort and Spa Tuesday.
“If you’re a teacher of course the students are going to try to hide it from you,” JFK Senior Jesse Balatico said of the importance of getting students involved. “If you’re bullying when a teacher walks by of course you’re gonna be like ‘oh ya this is my friend I’m not trying to bully him’ but when students are around its just nobody cares.”
School Administrators from J.P. Torres Alternative School will also be trained in a customized program focused on its student population.
The Safe School Ambassadors Program is sponsored by the Judiciary of Guam in partnership with Guam DOE and is funded through a consolidated grant from the U.S. Department of Education.