Students across Baltimore County participated in the school system's first ever Anti-Bullying Day recently, and Catonsville High School's contributions got noticed.
"We bet you can't watch without getting chills," Baltimore County Public Schools posted on its Facebook page, sharing a video that Catonsville students produced.
In just under four minutes, Ms. Dorsey's first-period psychology class at Catonsville High School captured the toll of being undercut by peers, from absenteeism to suicide attempts.
The video was one of several that Catonsville students created to raise awareness about the issue of bullying. They judged the best videos, and selected the one Dorsey's class made as the winner, according to the high school's newspaper, The Comet. Students also signed a pledge against bullying on March 1 and made posters with anti-bullying messages.
There were 541 incidences of bullying in the Baltimore County Public School system in 2010–2011, according to the most recent report submitted to the state. Reports of bullying have increased more than 350 percent between 2007 and 2011, according to Baltimore County Public Schools.
Even so, Catonsville students reported feeling insulated from the behavior.
"We’ve been fortunate enough to avoid the problem more than most schools have," according to The Comet.
Bullying is most commonly reported among the 12-year-old age group.