ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - A Mohonasen High School teacher has taken action to combat bullying, by wearing the same clothes every day to show students it doesn't matter what's on the outside of a person.
Last year, Mohonasen High School teacher Faith Perry had a student who only had a few sets of clothes and got bullied for wearing the same pants for two days in a row.
To show that she would not tolerate this behavior, Perry decided to wear the same outfit every day for the rest of the school year.
"It doesn't matter what's on the inside, it's what's on the inside -- my character and actions," said Perry.
But it didn't stop there. Because of the impact her actions had on her students, Perry decided to wear the same outfit every day for the current school year, as well.
"I wear the same outfit every day to show that it does not matter what I wear on the outside, but it is what's inside the counts," Perry told Pinewood school. "My character, my actions and my treatment of others is what's important."
She said, "I have to wash my clothes after I wear them so my clothes are clean and I can look presentable for work. This is important too, because as a professional I have to look my best."
Perry says she will choose one new outfit to wear to school every day next year too.
"I will continue for the rest of my teaching career or until bullying stops," she said.
Pinewood school has decided to support Perry's efforts as part of their year-long "Take a Stand, Lend a Hand" anti-bullying program. The school's Character Counts Committee has sponsored various monthly activities to promote character development and stand against bullying.
All week long, Pinewood Principal Mrs. Kavanaugh plans to wear the same outfit every day, and she has invited all building faculty and staff to do the same.
"One of our biggest fears is when we send out kids to school is that they'll be bullied. It's good to know there is a teacher that wants to take a stand," said parent Tammi Crowther.
Parents are being encouraged to talk with their children about bullying and the negative impact it can have on both individuals and school communities.
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