Vermont students rewarded for school-violence PSAs

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A team of students from Hazen Union High School won first prize in a statewide contest to produce a video public service announcement that promotes school safety.

The competition was based on the state’s ‘See Something, Say Something’ campaign. The short video entries included topics such as combating bullying, stopping violence and preventing self-harm.

Gov. Phil Scott and Vermont-NEA President Don Tinney presented the awards at the State House on Monday. The PSAs will be broadcast on local news channels.

he Hazen Union team took its inspiration for the winning video from team leader Tivy Parchment. 

“I found a note on the ground that had some hints of explicit self-harm issues,” said Parchment, who took the note to a teacher. 

Students from Stafford Technical Center took second place. Led by team leader Logan Kenyon they were influenced by the foiled plot of a school shooting at Fair Haven High School. 

Taking third place were the students at Northwest Technical Center, led by team leader Kaylee Green. 

Gov. Phil Scott and Vermont-NEA President Don Tinney presented the awards at the State House on Monday,. The PSAs will be broadcast on local news channels.

“Like in the case of Fair Haven High School, if we have people who are willing to step up and share their concerns for what they have seen or what they may have heard, we have a real chance of stopping acts of violence,” said Rob Evans, the liaison for the Vermont School Safety Center. 

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