Phoenix Multicultural Academy fourth grader Nicole Boswell, holds a sign to show her stance on bullying on Blue Shirt Day. (Photos by Jose Juarez / Special to The Detroit New)
Messages of acceptance and tolerance were behind a “flash mob” that gathered Monday at Phoenix Multicultural Academy in Detroit. Students at the school, operated by the Education Achievement Authority, said they were taking a stand against bullying.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy for bullying at Phoenix Multicultural Academy, and there is no place for it in a learning environment,” principal Alex Cintron said. “We want our students focused on learning. Bullying never has any place at our school or any other school.”
School staff and the Detroit Parent Network gave students blue “stop bullying” T-shirts and wristbands. Blue Shirt Day is a national event organized by Stomp Out Bullying, a nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness of the issue.
— Jennifer Chambers