District Attorney George Gascón and Community Partners Launch Anti-Bullying Video Contest

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

CONTACT: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
Brittany Johnson, Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, (415) 445-5479

San Francisco – In honor of October’s National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón joined members of the District Attorney’s Women’s Advisory Committee to launch “Bye Bye Bullying”, a video contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. The purpose of the campaign is to increase awareness about the effects of bullying on students and to encourage positive responses towards bullying.

“With 36% of children who’ve been bullied reporting missing school in the last thirty days, we know we aren’t going to solve bullying by prosecution. It’s going to take partnership, collaboration, and communication,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “We hope this video contest will spark creativity and encourage young people to talk to their peers about the effects of bullying.”

The video contest was an idea generated by the District Attorney’s Women’s Advisory Committee, one of several advisory groups that helps develop policies for the District Attorney’s Office.

The submission period for “Bye Bye Bullying” is from October 3 to Nov 7, 2012. Contestants will create a 60 second video of one of the following themes:
1. What is Bullying? What does bullying and harassment mean to you?
2. Effects of Bullying. What is the impact of bullying and harassment?
3. Effective Ways to Respond to Bullying. What positive responses have teachers, administrators and/or classmates provided to address bullying and harassment at school?

Contest winners will be announced on Dec 4th. Prizes include iPads, a signed baseball by San Francisco Giants Barry Zito, two tickets to a 2013 San Francisco Giants game, sailing lessons, graffiti art classes and much more.

Videos will be evaluated by a panel of Judges including: Renel Brooks-Moon, Radio personality and public address announcer for the San Francisco Giants; Cheryl Jennings, News Anchor for ABC 7 News; Dr. Chris Stewart, San Francisco General Hospital; Kristina Omohundro, Zendesk; San Francisco Youth Commissioners Mia Tu Mutch and Angel Carrion; Irene Van der Zande, Kidpower; and a representative from San Francisco Unified School District.

The contest is presented by the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and sponsored by: the San Francisco Giants, United States Department of Justice, Boys & Girls Club of San Francisco, Kidpower, National Center for Lesbian Rights, Common Sense Media, Filipina Womens’ Network, San Francisco Unified School District, James Hall Photography, Bay Area Video Coalition and Zendesk.

“Bye Bye Bullying” is part of the District Attorney’s Truancy Initiative to keep kids in school. For more information, www.sfdistrictattorney.com