Morse Pond Students Make Statement On Bullying With Music Video

An opening shot from this year's
- An opening shot from this year's "No Guff" music video produced at Morse Pond school. Student Jordan Lane plays the part of a bullied child. The faceless bully is actually his best friend, Hunter Mulvey.

The video starts out on the Morse Pond School playground, where a young boy stands near a group of girls jumping rope. A bully approaches, calls the boy a “sissy” and pushes him to the ground.

The song “Stand Up” by Sugarland begins to play. “Stand up, you boys and girl; stand up and use your voice,” a woman sings.

One after another, classrooms of students put down their work and stand up in unison. At the end, the whole student body, teachers and administrators are out on the playground “standing behind” the bullied child.

The young boy gets up and the group chants, “don’t stand by, stand up!”

The video celebrates the spirit of Falmouth schools’ “No Guff” week, which wraps up today.

The video, titled “This Bully Didn’t See This Coming”, is posted on YouTube.com and has already been viewed nearly 6,000 times.

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At Tuesday night’s packed public hearing on the school budget, school committee chairman Judith Fenwick paused the three-and-a-half hour discussion and played the video on the high school auditorium’s projection screen. It has also been shown in every classroom in the school system.

The video was directed and produced by Morse Pond’s TEAM (Talented Eager and Motivated) teachers, Brian J. Switzer and Ann D. Goulart. It is their fifth year producing the annual “No Guff” video.

“We want the videos to be positive and have a good message, a strong message, not only for the kids and staff in it, but for the larger community beyond,” Mr. Switzer said yesterday.
Mr. Switzer was pleased to hear the video was shown at Tuesday night’s budget meeting. “We want it to have a life,” he said. “We’re putting it out there as a representation of us.”

The video was first shown Monday morning this week at Morse Pond’s “No Guff” assembly. Mr. Switzer and Ms. Goulart teach video production to Morse Pond 5th and 6th graders. But the students do not help produce the “No Guff” video, they said.

“We like to hide this one,” Mr. Switzer said. “We want that special first viewing” to be a group experience, he said.

“The kids really like it,” Mr. Switzer said. “But in some ways it’s more powerful for the adults.”

“The kids are proud of it, but the adults are moved by it,” Ms. Goulart said.

“It’s the adults that tell us they cry,” Mr. Switzer said.

Sixth grader Jordan W. Lane played the bullied young man in the video, and Hunter P. Mulvey played the bully who pushes Jordan over. The two students joined their teachers to talk about the video.

“It’s funny because he’s like my best friend,” said Jordan of Hunter.

Jordan said he just laughed the first several times Hunter pushed him down. It “took a while” and “many tries” before he could play the part with a straight face, he said.

“Yeah,” Hunter said. “It felt weird and not right to [push Jordan], but we knew we were acting.”

“It was so much fun, I love doing videos like this,” Jordan said.

“It’s an authentic learning experience,” Ms. Goulart said. “The kids can see they’re making a difference.”

The video was filmed in one day, January 17.

Previous years’ “No Guff” videos are available on YouTube as well, including 2011’s inspiring schoolwide production of the song “Lean on Me” titled “Morse Pond Lib Dub,” which has been viewed 21,500 times.

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  • Billcarson

    Anyone that watches this video should ask if the town is bullying the wind turbine victims . Letters to the Editor have been written asking wind turbine abutters to move or just get out of town .This bullying is also a grown up problem. Do you think the wind turbine victims have been treated badly by the town ? Hey they should give up their homes for the sake of the rest of town. You people watch these videos and still don't get it! Everyone in Falmouth should watch this video. Bullying usually starts in a school system and moves onto adult life. The people who bully in adult life tend to be drawn to positions offering them ostensibly legitimate power of some sort, such as local town boards. These local political boards sometimes form private local organizations made up of the bully's superiors and peers who are also bullies. Local town residents aka the taxpayers become scared of the consequences of crossing the bully. The current cause of the adult bulling in Falmouth over the wind turbines is the local political bullies perceives as a threat to their own status and fear fearing that the wind turbine victims will inadvertently or deliberately expose some negative aspect of the wind turbine health and economic fiasco. Everyone in Falmouth should watch this video. This is a good video .Actions speak louder than words - It's time the town takes a hard look . Is the silent majority actually just more people worried about their pocket books ? Because if you are the wind turbines are now costing you money and if you let the local bully keep going back to court it's going to keep costing
  • TomM

    It wouldn't be an Enterprise article if we didn't bring up the turbines. Nice work, everybody!
  • MCool

    TomM - the constant turbine theme is kinda like one's conscience. Every wrong has a small voice always sounding a discontent. Whether heard on the first day or the 1460th, it will be there, as long as the wrong exists.