PCHS Students Stand up Against Bullying

Sydney LaPine

On Monday, October 8th, Park City High School had an assembly to remember.  The assembly was intended to discourage bullying and included a speech by the Utah Attorney General, Sean Reyes, and Nick Vujicic, a well-known motivational speaker. Vujicic was born without arms or legs, a consequence of tetra-amelia syndrome. He spreads the message of self-kindness and serves as an advocate for other students with disabilities.  As he spoke, the phrase “attitude is altitude” was displayed, encouraging students to persevere through difficult times. Vujicic pointed out that bullying and teasing among peers is a leading cause of teen suicide. According to the anonymous survey he took during the assembly, every one in five students at PCHS have experienced suicidal thoughts. The band Foreign Figures, made up of Utah natives, opened and closed the assembly, featuring songs with messages of hope.  The assembly was recorded and played live at other high schools throughout Utah and the nation.