Here’s the text of this powerful pledge.
I pledge to be an Upstander:
I will stand up to bullying whether I’m at school, at home, at work, in my house of worship; whether I am speaking in the digital cyber world or out in the real world with friends, family, colleagues or teammates.
I will work to make others feel safe and included by treating them with kindness, respect and compassion.
I will not use insulting or demeaning language, slurs, gestures, facial expressions, or jokes about anyone’s sexuality, size, gender, race, any kind of disability, religion, class, politics, or other differences, in person or while using technology.
If I realized I have hurt someone I will apologize.
I will remain vigilant and not be a passive audience or “bystander” to abusive actions or words.
If I see or hear behavior that perpetuates prejudice:
I will speak up! I will let others know that bullying, cruelty, and prejudice are abusive and not acceptable.
If I do not feel safe or if my intervention does not change the poor behaviors, I will tell a trusted adult or person of authority.
I will reach out to someone I know who has been the target of abusive actions or words and let this person know that this is not okay with me and ask how I can help.
If I learn in person or online that someone is feeling seriously depressed or potentially suicidal:
I will reach out and tell this person, “Your life has value and is important, no matter how you feel at the moment, and no matter what others say or think.”
I will strongly encourage this person to get professional help.