Bulying Meets Its Match
School back in full swing and we are not even into a week of it and the bullying has begun. The teasing and the taunts happen everywhere including hallways and on playgrounds, but today, mean kids hide under the mask of social media.
And for 17 year old Kevin Curwick who is a Osseo High School senior, its no different. He sees these ugly, terrible, mean teasings all over Twitter and he's had enough.
Kevin is a popular kid and he's one of the Osseo Highs football team's captains. The taunts are not about him; they are about his fellow students but he decided he could no longer sit on the sidelines when online bullying became a spectator sport in his school.
"I wasn't personally attacked but it just hit me the wrong way, these were coming out about my friends. I want them to feel welcomed, be happy about what they are and what they contribute to Osseo," he said.
So he quietly made his own Twitter account, logging on to lift spirits. @OsseoNiceThings singles out students for their gifts.
"She is so good at dancing, she gets more scholarships than D1 athletes," he tweeted about a girl attacked on another account.
"Doesn't get enough credit for his effort, Michael Day," said Curwick, who anonymously wrote about his football teammate. "He's a genuine guy works hard on and off the field, he's just a great guy to know."
He called another student, a "great artist, but even better friend."
But unlike the bullies, Kevin decided it was time to step up and step out of anonymity.
His coach said "He is a dream kid to have on your team, with a 4.0, a community leader, does everything like that. To find a kid that can be strong enough to take the other angle. Very mature of Kevin to do something like that and hopefully it catches on, even if kids think it is hokey, that's ok.
And the really cool thing is since he started posting, similar pages have now popped up around Twitter, spreading to other schools around the suburbs. And the bullying attacks have disappeared!
Kevin has made kindness go viral.
We need just one kid from each school to do this this year.