A Lady Lion Takes on School Bullying
School bullying remains a challenge in communities around the country, and the problem is pervasive enough that its victims are sometimes kids no one would suspect. Even a poised, intelligent star athlete can sometimes find herself a target, as Gizelle Studevent can attest.
A senior guard on the ninth-ranked Lady Lion basketball team, Studevent is the woman behind Penn State Athletes Take Action, an anti-bullying initiative through which she and other student athletes speak to local middle-schoolers. According to this ESPN piece, the idea grew from an independent study project into a practical way to raise awareness and empathy among kids most likely to be engaged in bullying—on one side or the other. For Studevent, it’s personal: she was targeted by her own teammates as a high schooler in Southern California. Now, she’s doing what she can to help others avoid that pain.
Ryan Jones, senior editor