Rodeo Clown Counsels Students Against Bullying

by Rillene Nielsen

Rodeo clown JJ Harrison doesn’t kid around when it comes to bullying. In an assembly on Friday, March 4, 2016, JJ taught students how to “buck bullies out of their lives.”

He explained how students could tell the difference between bullying and simple teasing.  Bullying is “repeated aggressive behavior with an imbalance of power” he taught.  Then he offered five steps students could take to ensure they are not acting like bullies.

  1.  Treat others the way you want to be treated.
  2. Be courteous and polite.
  3. Listen to want others have to say.
  4. Don’t insult people, or make fun of them, or call them names.
  5. Don’t judge people before you get to know them.

But what should someone do if they think they are being bullied?  TELL!  Tell someone—anyone—everyone until they get the help they need. Here at Spanish Fork Junior High, students can go to teachers, counselors, or any person in the administrative office with their concerns.

JJ’s presentation not only showcased the importance of avoiding bullying, but he also showed off his rodeo skills—one of which was roping.  Our You Tube channel is showcasing a great video of SFJH VP Mr. Whitney trying hard to avoid JJ’s lariat. 

He lost.