ITS OKAY 2 SAY!

Adriana Nerio

MICHIGAN – 28% of students between the grades 6-12 are experiencing bullying. Bullying has advanced with technology usage and it needs to be put to an end.

There are so many organizations in the country that are taking action, including in our very own state. A non profit organization, only in Michigan, called Okay 2 Say is a source for students who feel that their safety or others safety is being threatened.

On Wednesday, May 2nd, a speaker named Laura Young, from the State of Michigan Attorney General, came to Lake Michigan Catholic to speak about the different types of bullying and how to use Okay 2 Say. She spoke to both the middle school and the high school about this topic.

In the presentation, Young demonstrated how to use the app, Okay 2 Say. The app is open to any student in Michigan who feels that their safety is threatened in school or at home. You can send a tip through text, email, or by phone.

This service is open 24/7. Tips will be sent as an anonymous text, email, or call. Your tip is private and protected. This app works on IPhone and Android. Alone this year Okay 2 Say has received more than 1,300 tips in Michigan.

During the second part of the presentation, Young explained the different types of bullying and how it can affect students. She showed the students many stories in Michigan about students that were victims of bullying and were lead to suicide.

The message of this presentation was to demonstrate how to use Okay 2 Say and how to stop the silence and help end the violence. Hundreds of kids are victims of bullying and this needs to be put to a stop. With Okay 2 Say it helps students reach out for help and guidance.

Senior, Inae Choi, attended the presentation and felt it was beneficial for students who feel that their safety was threatened.

“It will be hard to get rid of the bullying problem, but having an organization where kids can talk to might help reduce the bullying problem.”

If you or anyone you know feels that their safety is threatened please encourage yourself or others to use Okay 2 Say. There are people who care for your safety. For more additional information visit https://www.michigan.gov/ok2say/. Stop the silence. Help end the violence.

 

Resources:

https://www.michigan.gov/ok2say/

https://www.stopbullying.gov/media/facts/index.html#stats