Ok, get ready Saratoga, Schoharie, Schenectady, Rennselaer, and Albany Counties!  You have childen in your schools who are so upset about bullying that they are willing to sing about it!  Here is their (and my) labor of love!

The statistics regarding bullying are staggering. This is probably an old study too. There's child bullying, adult bullying, teacher bullying, cyberbullying - the list goes on and on. If you'd like to read just how much of it is going on, you can check out bullyingstatistics.org.

How do we stop it? How do we drill it into peoples' heads how wrong it is? I guess you have to start young, so with the support of Dr. Phil Fusco of Academy of Character Education at Sage Colleges, I proudly present a song co-written by six different classes in the Capital Region.  Each one contributed either a verse or a chorus or a comment or something, and it was "sewn" together using a Macbook Pro, my keyboards, some software, and lots of Dunkin Donuts pumpkin coffee.

OK - Here is the song, with the lyrics under the photos.

photo by Richie

"Bullying's Wrong" 

(The 5 County Capital Region Anti-Bullying Theme)

    ©2013 Richie Phillips All Rights Reserved

Bullying is bad, bullying is wrong
If you don't like hurting others, then sing our bullying song
Please don't be just like King Kong
Tell every bully in the nation "bullying's wrong"
It happens in the hallway, it happens on the bus
We certainly don't like it when it happens to us
It happens on the playground, it happens it anywhere
Start to show you care, and don't act like a bear!  GROWL"
Bullying's bad!  Tell them to stop!   Go away!
In fact it is a word that we would like to drop
Tell an adult or a recess aid,
Have the courage to say "STOP".  Don't be afraid!
Do not be mean, come and join our team
to stop those bullies NOW!
Bullying's sad, bullying hurts
So standup to that bully when you're treated like dirt
the bullying's good, but we feel bad
bullying makes everybody sad ....
....Just walk away ..... Here's what you say
    "I don't like what you're doing!". My words will be real strong
     Don't shout --Don't stay
   Bullying's wrong!  All together now
repeat all at the same time!
      Tell everyone in the world--DON'T BE A BULLY!!!

Wow - what an amazing job by these kids. I was honored to work with each and every one of them along with the teachers and other faculty.  Very special thanks to:

        Mrs. Shuette (Stillwater)
        Ms. Pink (Jefferson)
        Ms. Lynch (Pine Hills)
        Ms. Jeschke (Poestenkill)
        Ms. Trainor (Menands)
       Mrs. Yager (Schoharie)
 Let's all do what we can to stop this growing problem plaguing our society!