The Ottumwa Courier

Education

May 8, 2013

An artistic defense against hurtful names and bullying

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"Our differences are what make us human; we should all be allowed to have our differences and we need to accept everyone for who they are," Mechert said.

Not all labels are bad, she said. But good or bad, human beings seem to love putting each other in categories: fat, autistic, weirdo.

"You're going to have labels whether you want them are not. People are going to [assign you] a label. This is a way to show that you are empowered, that your label doesn't bother you, that you are not that person, you can remove that blindfold. It's a way of holding it and removing it."

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 15, there will be an open photo shoot held in a meeting room at the Hotel Ottumwa. Anybody can come, she said, choose their label and get their picture taken. Mechert says there is no charge to participate, but anyone under 18 must get a parent to sign the consent form.

To see reporter Mark Newman's Twitter feed, go to @couriermark. To see the anti-bully website, visit www.pieceofmecampaign.org.

 

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