Students at C. J. Hooker Middle School recently participated in an interactive workshop to review DASA, or the Dignity for All Students Act. Social Worker Lauren Levesque led students through the major points of DASA, which went into effect in 2012 in order to provide New York public school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, harassment and bullying while in school.
Students reviewed the 11 protected classes of DASA, which are race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender, and sex. DASA prohibits harassment based on any of these classes, whether they are real or perceived.
The students also watched a brief film about a girl who was bullied for having a disability, and discussed its different components, the effects of being bullied, and the importance of being kind, accepting, and an upstander.