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Not in Our Schools: New Media Tools Help Schools Confront Hate

September 20, 2010

Intolerance may be one of the oldest and ugliest stories on Earth. But when it comes to speaking up against hate speech, bullying, and bigotry, students and their communities are finding creative ways to craft an uplifting response. Increasingly, new media tools are playing an important role in these efforts.

“The story of resistance to intolerance is ever new,” says Patrice O’Neill, documentary filmmaker and executive producer of a grassroots organization called Not in Our Town (NIOT). An outgrowth of this anti-hate initiative started a parallel effort called Not in Our School. With resources to guide classroom discussions and compelling examples from across the country, Not in Our School challenges students to tell their own stories about building respectful learning environments. More…

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