STAND FOR THE SILENT (SFTS) - Coyote Chapter
In May 2015, the Edens/Williams pod at Cyd Lash Academy, a public therapeutic high school, located in Gages Lake, IL had the opportunity to hear Kirk Smalley speak about his son, Ty Smalley, a victim of bullying. Ty Smalley took his own life at the age of eleven after being suspended from school for retaliating against a bully that had been bullying him for over two years. Mr. Smalley explained that a group of students from Oklahoma State University- Oklahoma City started the Stand For The Silent (SFTS) organization in 2010 after learning of Ty’s death to end bullying and stand for those that can not. Mr. Smalley’s story was so powerful and impactful that our students voiced a desire, almost a need, to begin our own chapter. In September 2015, we were honored to be recognized as an official chapter within the SFTS organization.
The SFTS Coyote Chapter’s mission is to stand together not as individuals but as a group to empower others to not be bystanders to bullying. We will demonstrate this by caring about other people’s feelings and protecting victims by speaking up when one sees bullying in any form. We will share psycho-educational anti- bullying materials in varied formats to both students and staff in educational settings.
The SFTS Coyote Chapter’s intent is to meet at least twice monthly to explore the impact bullying has on children. We will wear our SFTS t-shirts every other Friday to raise awareness of our chapter and encourage discussions about ways to reduce bullying in the school setting. Our meetings will consist of discussing, planning and implementing goals and objectives related to Stand For The Silent. We will use group time to design posters to display at our school, plan talks with other schools, raise funds for our chapter and the SFTS organization (pizza, nachos, cookies, valentine’s day, candy cane sale), have a specific art therapy group to focus on making an anti-bullying book that can be read to elementary school students, call other chapters and learn what they have done, send emails to educational facilities about our chapter, have assemblies at our school and later other schools, develop our own website, participate in morning announcements, make anti- bullying videos, and develop a quarterly newsletter to be sent home to parents and students.
SFTS Coyote pledge:
“From this day forward, I promise to respect those around me as well as respect myself. I am somebody and I can make a difference. I can make another feel loved. I can be the helping hand that leads another back to the path of hope and aspiration. I will not stand silent as others try to spread hatred through my community. Instead, I pledge to lift up those victims and show them their life matters. I will be the change because, I am somebody.”
The SFTS Coyote Chapter’s motto is Keep Calm and Stand For The Silent
Sponsor: Stacey Gottlieb, LCSW
Co- Sponsors: Kim Eden, Teresa McCabe
Publicity: Stacey Gottlieb
Programs: Stacey Gottlieb
Projects: Stacey Gottlieb
Fall 2016 Coyote Chapter President: Barron
Fall 2016 Coyote Chapter Vice President: WIll
Fall 2016 Coyote Chapter Secretary: Vacancy
Fall 2016 Coyote Chapter Treasurer: Travis
To learn more about SFTS national chapter, go to http://www.standforthesilent.org/
To learn more about our local chapter, you can contact Stacey Gottlieb at firstname.lastname@example.org
To report bullying, go to this LINK