Lieutenant Joe Schillaci, of the Miami [Florida] Police Department, spoke with GMS students and RVH fifth grade students about bullying on Friday, Oct. 28.
to portray courteous behavior in the school hallway.
Joe Schillaci, Miami Police Department
On Friday, Oct. 28, GMS students and RVH fifth graders listened to Lieutenant Joe Schillaci of the Miami [Florida] Police Department.
SRO Bryan Burks arranged for the presentation.
He currently serves as Deputy Commander of The City of Miami Police Department's Communications Section where he oversees the 911system and also commands the department's Hostage Negotiating Team.
emphasized that sticks and stones will break bones, that words will definitely hurt someone, and that people need to protect each other.
The first stop was the land of violence.
told a story of a 13-year-old girl who became violent because another classmate kept bullying her
Through this story students learned how devastating words can be.
In the second stop, the land of judgment, he
referred to "Don't judge a book by its cover.
explained that no one can know another's story by looking at that person.
told a story about his
sister, Jamie, who was bullied while she
was young and as a result turned to drugs and alcohol, an example of how words stay with a person forever and that what affects one person directly will affect everyone indirectly.
noted that bullying and violence occur everywhere, whether at school, work or home, and students have a responsibility to stop bullying and violence when they see it by telling someone when they witness bullying.
To avoid bullying, they need to walk away.
Doing so will change the world and make a difference.
The last thing Lt.
did in the land of judgment was to honor teachers for giving students an education and for their nurture and care.
In the land of agape and forgiveness, Lt.
defined agape as being the greatest love of all that is far greater than love for parents.
Most importantly, agape is the love and respect that people have for each other, so they need to care and be kind to each other.
told the students that what makes one special is what the person has on the inside.
had the students take the following oath: "Before I leave here today, I will be special because I am special."