A Call to Fight Bullying Through Education

Parents and students participate in a traditional dance at an anti-bullying forum at the Mexican American Students’ Alliance on Jan. 13. (Photo by Jaya Sandaresh via Mott Haven Herald)

Some 50 South Bronx parents and students turned out for an anti-bullying forum to call for a Culturally Responsive Curriculum in schools that would educate children on indigenous cultures in Latin America, as well as on African-American, Asian and Native cultures, reports Jaya Sundaresh for Mott Haven Herald.

Ofelia Feliciano was one of the parents who spoke at the event.

“I come from an indigenous Aztec family, and I am not ashamed of it,” said Feliciano in Spanish at a forum at the Mexican American Students’ Alliance’s (MASA) Centro Tlanezcalli on Sunday, Jan. 13. Feliciano, who is a member of MASA’s Parents in Action said that the school her children attend has not instilled a sense of self-worth and cultural pride like she had growing up in her native country. Although she has tried to supplement the shortcomings of the school’s curriculum at home, she said that the children are bullied constantly by other kids who see them as different.

The bullying wouldn’t be so intense, “if they know how to identify themselves,” said Feliciano.

What is the percentage of students involved in incidents of bullying, according to local teachers? How did the district superintendent, who attended the forum, respond, and why did the response not satisfy many of the parents? Find out at Mott Haven Herald.

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