"What If" Week

Fullerton Union High School, Fullerton Joint Union High School District

According to a recent study published in the American Journal of Public Health, one out of four students has experienced bullying. Using these statistics and personal stories, Fullerton Union High School (FUHS) developed a week long anti-bullying campaign. During the week of February 14-17, 2012, Friday Night Live (FNL) members hosted a "What If" campaign in which they posed a positive question on campus each day through daily announcements and posters blitzed all over campus walls. Questions included: What if everybody loved each other? What if everybody gave each other hugs? What if everybody gave each other compliments? What if nobody judged each other? Beyond daily themes, FNL members posted stories of bullying around a tree in their center quad. They also designed a flyer encouraging students to compliment their peers. In addition, FNL members partnered with the FUHS Gay-Straight Alliance and Drama clubs to host a production of Adam's Letter, a play addressing the issue and impact of teen bullying and suicide. At the end of each performance, students participated in a forum about the effects of bullying and discussed what could be done to make a positive impact. The production ran each period, reaching an estimated 1,125 students on campus.