Principal Daniel Hurst issued Fremont High School a challenge on Sept. 27 during the first whole-school assembly.
The challenge is for students not to get into fights for a whole week. However, if there is a fight, the challenge is for the students to be “upstanders” instead of bystanders.
This was as a result of Hurst watching the movie “Bully” along with the rest of the school on Sept. 21.
Students had learned about the concept of upstanders in their advisories the day before they saw “Bully.”
During the assembly, Leadership students demonstrated how upstanding might look before or during a fight.’
The prize for students each week the school is considered an “upstanding school” is that students will have 30 extra minutes and some extra activities during lunch on Friday the next week. They also were promised to have food vendors come on campus to provide alternatives to the cafeteria lunch.
Reaction from Fremont students and staff were mostly positive.
“It’s a good incentive to get kids to think about being upstanders,” said Deborah Juarez, an academic literacy coach for the Freshman House.
During the first week of the challenge, students almost made it a week without a fight. A fight broke out at lunch just hours before Hurst was to announce whether it had been an upstanding week.
A committee, which had been pre-selected to look into upstander action during fights, decided that two students had acted as upstanders and helped to make the fight less dramatic and involved.
Hurst awarded the school with a partial upstander lunch on Oct. 5. Students had a 65-minute lunch, but no vendors.