No Place For Hate School

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Anti-Defamation League Honors Over 150 Local ‘No Place For Hate’ Schools

May 23, 2019 - 3:16 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Students at more than 150 schools were recognized Thursday for their work with the Anti-Defamation League.

Deandra Evans tells WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell that she witnesses bullying every day.

“The words that people use, the phrases, the insulting slurs,” she notes.

The senior from a high school in the Bronx is part of a program called “'Wear Your Advocacy on Your Sleeve,” which encourages students to actively display the causes they care on their clothing.

“We write down something that we feel very passionate about like stop bullying, or stop sexual harassment,” Evans explains.

The message is written down on a piece of tape that is actually put on their sleeves, or over their heart as part of the ADL’s “No Place for Hate” initiative.

Evans’ school was among the many at the ADL’s “No Place for Hate Recognition Ceremony,” which honors students and educators from schools New York and parts of northern New Jersey who have completed requirements to become a “No Place for Hate” school.

Evan Bernstein, the New York/New Jersey Regional Director at the Anti-Defamation League, says that the program is crucial in high schools to teach students to fight for causes they believe in.

“You want to get to them while they are still pliable and when you can still have those conversations before it just turns into a situation where they just can't be changed,” he said.

While the ceremony only honored local schools, the program is in institutions all across the country.