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Who Do You Think You Are?

"Last week, the student body at Cypress Ranch High School came together to create a anti-bullying video to the song “Who Do U Think U R?,” a song written and sung by student Kaitlyn K. The project was filmed and performed entirely by the students in Cypress, TX."

-From The Advocate

This video is extraordinary for a number of reasons, not to mention the main one being that everyone who's lip synching is walking backwards. As easy as that sounds, give a whirl sometime. I ask my students to change their Topography occasionally, and very few of them ever walk backwards for a long period of time. For me, this is the heart of this video. It's unfamiliar, and courageous behavior. This is what this song and all these teenagers, are all about. Using their voices, and finding their power.

And from me personally, thank you Cypress. From all the former kids who were bullied. We never forget. Every once in a while I'm still terrified to walk down the halls of my own University, It suddenly hits me, and something happens to my gut. But now, I'm able to hold my head up because of this new generation. These people are smarter than we were and kinder than we were. And it shows.

Watch the video. You won't forget it.


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Apr. 6th, 2012 01:09 pm (UTC)
These people are smarter than we were and kinder than we were. And it shows.

I agree. I saw a blurb the other day about a catholic high school that had an assembly which, at one point addressed marriage as being only for man and woman. Many of the students did not agree and several protested and some walked out. A few more generations and people will wonder what the fuss was all about...
Apr. 6th, 2012 09:47 pm (UTC)
I will say something you hate. As a child I was weak. I endured a very unpleasant disaese. I was never expected to walk or think. I surpassed expectation. Still weak, my parents were sure I needed to learn Judo. Bullies faced me. I learned the antidote. You don't have to win, you just have to make it painful for them to play. I know bullyism is horrible as I suffered it. I also know you can't stop it. Train the victim to be the warrior. Learn to fight to protect yourself and others. Never surrender to fear.
Apr. 8th, 2012 12:42 pm (UTC)
That video is a thing of beauty. Each of those kids has a story to tell his or her families and friends outside of school. One day, they'll all have a story to tell their kids, and the message will spread through generations. Cypress Ranch High School is doing something right!
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