LAPD Helps Venice Students Prevent Bullying

About 650 Venice High School students gathered for an anti-bullying assembly

LAPD Pacific Area hosted “Stand Up and Speak Out Against Bullying” on Nov. 15 at an assembly with 650 students at Venice High School. Topics discussed included bullying, cyber bullying, text bullying, Facebook, Instagram, and other social media tools.  

The students were shown short videos and a power point presentation. The assembly provided information and resources how to identify, address and prevent bullying. Students were given anti bullying wrist bands and a booklet on online responsibility, “Stop, Think, Click.” Guest speakers were: LAPD Commander Dennis Kato, Operations West Bureau, LAPD Pacific Area Lt. Edward Pape, and Monica Harmon, LAPD Volunteer/Stand Up and Speak Out Against Bullying Campaign

In attendance were: Senior Lead Officer Gregg Jacobus, Senior Lead Officer Marcy Garcia, Senior Lead Officer Juan Ceja, LAPD Pacific Area Community Relations personnel, and Gloria Prado, LAPD Pacific Volunteer. 

Monica Harmon created the Stand Up and Speak Out Against Bullying Campaign in 2011 in partnership with LAPD. Since then the campaign has been to every part of Los Angeles, and over 20,000 students, parent groups, community meetings, non profits have all seen the presentation.   

Throughout the nation 160,000 students don’t go to school for fear of being bullied.  There are 3 forms of bullying verbal, physical and social sometimes referred to as relational bullying, involves hurting someone’s reputation or relationships. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicates that, nationwide, 20% of students in grades 9–12 experienced bullying.


Stop Bullying.gov




Olweus Bulying Prevention Program



Jim Corcoran November 19, 2012 at 03:41 PM
A high school in Appleton, Wisconsin tried an experiment under the enlightened guidance of their principal, LuAnn Coenen. She wanted to see if she could positively affect the fighting, weapons-carrying and general lack of focus and discipline in the school by changing the food the kids ate. Vending machines were replaced with water coolers; hamburgers and French fries were taken off the menu and replaced with fresh vegetables and fruit, whole grain breads and a salad bar. With the departure of junk food, she also saw the departure of vandalism, litter and the need for police patrolling her hallways. The students were calm, socially engaged and focused on their schoolwork. Problems were minimal. And all Ms. Coenen did was change the menu! Please watch "Forks Over Knives" for FREE to learn more about the implications of a meat-based diet vs a plant-based diet. Go to http://www.hulu.com/watch/279734 and do yourself and your family a favor! & Dr. Antonia Demas conducted a pilot program for youthful offenders at Bay Point School, a controlled residence for select male juvenile delinquents. Incorporating the principles of her curriculum, Demas' results were astounding: Grade point averages increased, athletic performance and strength improved, aggressive behavior declined, acne cleared, excess weight came down, and every single one of the participants reported general improvements in well-being. http://foodstudies.org/
Deborah Lashever November 19, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Awesome project! Although, kids learn more from watching what adults do rather than what they say. This is a valiant effort but if these kids watch their elders and authorities bullying in their community they will absorb that far more than a cool talk and video. Please support Venice United as we search for real answers to the violence we see in our community. For example, the Ron Weekley case, where just a couple of months ago a 20 year old boy--that many at Venice High have known all their lives--got thrown on the ground (at Sunset and 6th) and handcuffed by three LAPD while the fourth punched him in the face. These Venice High Schoolers know intimately about this case and others that involve police violence against them and kids and adults they know. They watch citizens and police harass and disrespect unHoused people daily, which some of you out there actually advocate for! (You know who you are....) And so much more, including the news and films and TV shows..... Ours is a culture steeped in violence and bullying. If we want to rid our kids of bullying--as with everything else in life--we need to look at ourselves first!
Mel Worthington November 20, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Venice United is a fake. They have nothing to do with violence and bullying education in the schools. I wouldn't give dime one of my money to this loser organization.
Jim Smith November 21, 2012 at 02:40 AM
Who will guard the guards? - Juvenal
Deborah Lashever November 22, 2012 at 12:42 AM
You must be thinking of some other org. What do you mean a fake? We are working on our first project now so how do you know what we do? We ask no one for any money. Ever. You are absolutely wrong about that. I'm not sure how you can berate an org without knowing anything about it....


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