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College Athletes Star in New New Anti-Bullying Campaign in Hawaii: VIDEO


A number of high-profile college athletes in Hawaii are taking part in a eries of anti-bullying PSAs that will air in the coming months, the Hawaii Board and Department of Education writes in a release to media.

Watch a KHON report on the PSAs, AFTER THE JUMP...

The BOE writes:

The PSA spots, which were funded by First Hawaiian Bank, will air on numerous TV outlets, including KGMB, KHNL, and Oceanic Time Warner telecasts of UH and high school sports throughout the school year. UH also will showcase the PSAs on the scoreboard during games at Aloha Stadium and the Stan Sheriff Center.

The segments feature BOE member Amemiya, Superintendent Matayoshi, and UH’s Kanani Danielson (Wahine Volleyball), Richard Torres (Football), Jessica Iwata (Wahine Softball) and Miah Ostrowski (Football and Men's Basketball) explaining the dangers of bullying and encouraging students and communities to help promote campus safety.

"We will make our schools safe for our children so they can concentrate on learning," Governor Abercrombie said. "We are addressing bullying in all forms and are committed to working together so that every school has an antibullying plan."

The PSAs come as the DOE and BOE are working on a comprehensive “peaceful schools” program that will employ best practices to combat bullying and ensure every student is respected, honored and valued. Annual training will be provided to faculty, staff and students, families and the community. Student behavior data will be routinely monitored, a confidential reporting system will be developed, and schools will adopt a program to prevent and respond to bullying promptly.

Watch a KHON report on the PSAs, AFTER THE JUMP...

Check out a number of the PSAs HERE.


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  1. this kind of sticks in my craw. it wasn't all that long ago the the extremely homophobic athletic director, with the support of the relevant deans and alumni association changed the teams' designation from the very Hawaiian RAINBOW WARRIORS to the the neutered WARRIORS, eliminating that pesky rainbow-"gay" association.

    when they take their proper name back i will begin to believe them...

    Posted by: bandanajack | Oct 5, 2011 1:05:59 PM

  2. Many support the return of "Rainbows" as the team name. Interestingly I believe it is still the name of the basketball and baseball teams. It was the insecurities of the football (June Jones) and volleyball (Mike Wilton) the brought about the generic "Warriors". Sadly, if you view the six PSA's only one even mentions "sexual orientation". The others are so general as to be meaningless. GET WITH IT UH ATHLETICS!

    Posted by: Lancer808 | Oct 7, 2011 2:14:12 AM

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