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Monday, May 07, 2007

Hero in the Hallway video

I have posted this video on bullying on our Media Center blog, Classroom 2.0 at Ning, and now here. Several bloggers are mentioning this video, but I first saw it from Steve Dembo at Teach42 this morning.

The thing that really made me follow through with posting and promoting the video is two-fold:
  1. The comments on the YouTube page demonstrate the video's power on people who were bullied.
  2. It was created by two guys (are they brothers?), Kyle Barrett (University of Illinois) & Bobby Barrett (Cary Grove High School). I am assuming they are students, although they could be professor, high school teacher. I want to find out more about them, because they are good at their craft. (Secretly, I hope they are students.)
The video is being used as a promotional video for The Spirit Desk, LLC. It does appear that the creators of the video are students. As I clicked through the Spirit Desk web site, there is a mention of a Cary Grove student receiving a Hero Award.

Bullying is something students face everyday...in every school. It is a part of growing up...an unfortunate part, but real nonetheless. There may be differing levels of bullying, but it is bullying nonetheless. Some incidents may be more obvious than others, but students go to school intimidated by someone else...everyday...in every school... Some kids are being bullied, but they may not realize this is what is happening. Taking a pencil, cutting in line, name-calling, shoving, the stares of intimidation, the jokes... "Oh, we are just playin' around," they say. But are they? Where might it lead?

No I don't have statistics, but you know what??? Some things don't need statistics to be true. Sometimes it takes only a moment to observe students in the hallway between classes, and if you are honest, you will know you have seen bullying sometime during the day. Let me know if you think I'm wrong. I can take it.

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At 10:31 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi. I am trying to find out how to get a copy of this video. I am a school psychologist and would love to add this to my bullying/relational aggression curriculum. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks so much for posting this.

At 2:22 PM, Blogger Ric Murry said...


I hope you come back to see this, or get in touch with me at

rrmurry at gmail.com

The video can be found at The Spirit Desk -


At 3:47 PM, Blogger BARRETT said...

they are cousins and students


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