Sam Houston students attend anti-bullying campaign

By By Nichole Osinski / American Press

Phil Gugliuzza had a miserable time in high school.

“I was a nerd, I was a geek,” he said. “I was that weird kid.”

But things changed, he said, when the captain of the football team took him under his wing and acted as an older brother.

“That made all the difference in the world,” said Gugliuzza, a former educator who now heads the Louisiana Association of

Student Councils.

Gugliuzza, the keynote speaker Wednesday at an anti-bullying event at Sam Houston High School, gained experience addressing

bullying as director of student activities at a high school in New Orleans.

He talked about the importance of reaching out to friends and family and about the power of saying, “I love you,” and simply

hugging someone. He then directed students to turn and hug those on their right and then those on their left.

“It does make a difference who you are, where you’re going and what you’re living for,” Gugliuzza said. “Because, you see,

ladies and gentlemen, you’ve got a job to do: You’ve got to make people feel loved, wanted and needed. And it’s not always

easy.”

The student councils at Iowa and Sam Houston high schools recently teamed up to sponsor the anti-bullying campaign, called

Save the Drama 4 Ya Mama. The schools raised money to bring in Gugliuzza, who spoke at assemblies at each school.

As a reminder to stop bullying and the “drama” each student received a free silicone wristband with the campaign slogan. They

also pledged to end bullying by signing banners to be displayed at both schools.

“This has become a detrimental effect,” said Vickie Barto, Sam Houston High School library media specialist. “I hope that

students just glean what ramifications could come about if they decide to bully.”

Student council officers at Iowa High School decided to bring in a speaker to address the issue after hearing about another

high school that had done a similar project.

Iowa High Student Council Adviser Jenna Kramer said bullying has spread in schools and has only increased with widespread

use of social media such as Facebook and Twitter.