Too much disrespect, teacher introduces new program - KLFY News 10

Too much disrespect, teacher introduces new program

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Northside High School teacher, Kathy Roy, says she's fed up with bullying in her classroom and seeing her students disrespect each other. So she has come up with a plan to get students to open up and be real with each other and themselves.

"Stepping over people literally you know in the halls or hitting somebody with a locker and not saying hey I'm sorry," said Roy. So that's why she says that she introduced the reality check programs at area high schools. They are like a mix between team building and an intervention.

"We use a lot of music. A lot of processes. it's interactive experiential," said Roy. And incoming freshman students at Northside will get their reality check over two days next month.

"They're going to have an opportunity to be honest with themselves and each other and the group members and be able to share some things they've never been able to share with anyone in their lives." said Roy.

Roy calls this group her team. They'll will be assisting her for those two days in August. One of the team members, 23-year-old Quincy Mouton, a former student of Roy's, talks about his experiences in high school and why he answered her call to action.

"They see you know the class clown or the jock or the cheerleader whatever you know label that is put on people but a lot of times they don't see that real person in their home setting," said Mouton.

Mouton says it takes work to open yourself up to others and even going into his second year of law school found himself judging one of his classmates.

"From the outside he seems like this confident guy. Can't tell him anything and that's what though I'm not going to be this guy's friend. But throughout this year I've seen him and he's a pretty cool guy you know if you let somebody show themselves to you know it may work out." said Mouton.

The Reality Check for incoming Northside freshmen will take place on August 20 and 21.

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