Fighting bullying: one prevention comic book at a time
Fighting bullying – [ph – ī – t – ing, boo l-ee – ing] v. stopping the harm/intimidation physically or verbally facing young people today
Centerstone Prevention Services created its second comic book for students fighting bullying in school. Download Smokescreen: No Time for Bullies at whoyouwant2be.org/prevention-comic-books
Written by Centerstone Senior Media Specialist Ian Skotte, with illustrations by Nashville artist Michael Cribbs, Smokescreen: No Time for Bullies teaches students the importance of not acting on impulse when provoked by a bully. The 16-page, full-color comic introduces Smokescreen, a student mastering his skills superhero school. Meanwhile, the Manipulator, and her henchman, Hippo, attempt to lure Smokescreen into retaliating against their bullying. This leads to our hero getting kicked out of school. Centerstone Program Coordinator Ashleigh Hall, a Certified Prevention Specialist, adds: “Real life choices contain lasting effects on you and those around you.”
Centerstone committed to fighting bullying
Therefore by creating this comic, Centerstone aims to teach students the importance of making the right choice when fighting bullying. As a result, even seeing a fellow student bullied, students can help by fighting bullying. To get the conversation started, Centerstone offers a special Q&A insert with questions based on the comic book.
Tabatha Floyd is a team leader for Centerstone’s Violence and Bullying Prevention services. She points out fighting bullying can occur 10 seconds thanks to a bystander stepping in to help.
“Several scenes in this new comic book where bystanders comment about the degree of bullying taking place,” Floyd said. “What we’d like to see students stepping in and saying something – or telling a teacher or an adult about what’s happening – rather than sitting back and watching the bullying unfold.”
Centerstone will distribute Smokescreen: No Time for Bullies during presentations in Tennessee schools.
Centerstone’s no stranger to the comic world. Because in 2015 Spark and the Sext Message that Nearly Destroys Her earned Davey and Interactive and Visual Arts awards.
“My students really enjoy these comics,” said Kristi Huffine, a school counselor at Ellis Middle School. “I really liked the insert. It gives us a way to discuss these topics after reading.”