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Bullying Assembly Uses Comedy to Reach Students
Date:5/24/2010

Phoebe Prince was stalked and harassed for months before committing suicide. This type of bullying behavior is becoming a staple of youth culture. Keith Deltano is using comedy to fight this serious problem.

(PRWEB) May 24, 2010 -- Phoebe Prince was stalked and harassed at school for months before committing suicide. In a nation where students are being bullied to death, is comedy the appropriate vehicle to use to address bullying? Keith Deltano thinks it is. He uses comedy to conduct anti bullying assemblies. Bullying is a tough and sometimes controversial topic that few would associate with comedy. However, Keith believes that “serious comedy” forces the students to examine how they treat one another.

Keith points out that comedy has always been used to deal with controversial topics. Keith says, “Richard Pryor used comedy to attack institutionalized racism, Bill Cosby used comedy to highlight the challenges faced by the American family, so it shouldn’t seem so unusual that I use comedy to take on bullies .” Keith believes the students respond to comedy because of what it’s not: boring. “The students come into the bullying assembly expecting a lecture. They have that ‘not another lecture look’ any teacher in America is familiar with. Within seconds I have them laughing…at themselves and their prejudice, critical and judgmental attitudes.”

Keith uses comedy to get the students to redefine what they consider bullying. Keith believes most students would define bullying as physical contact. Keith feels they just don’t consider gossip, off or online, as
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