Words Hurt! (Grades 6-8)

Source: Character.org

We noticed an increase in students with hurt feelings because of other students’ comments. Many comments were meant to be “funny,” not necessarily with the intent of hurting someone else. students and staff felt that we needed to explore this, to learn how the words we say can negatively impact others. We learned that many of our middle school students were saying hurtful things and they just didn’t know that what they were saying could be hurtful to others who were different than themselves. We also wanted to get away from phrases such as, “no offense, but……,” “just joking,” “I didn’t mean anything by it.”

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