SIRSY discusses the impact of their song “Stand” off of their new album “Like a Drum” after Jessica Harrington, a teacher in New York, picked up on the lyrics and started playing the song in her classroom as part of her own anti-bullying campaign. The band began announcing this story at shows as they toured across the United States, and as a result now have school rooms (including special education classrooms) playing the song in New York, California, Colorado, Utah, Michigan, Virginia, and North Carolina.
I will stand;Sirsy – “Stand” (from the album “Like a Drum”)
I will stand up for you.
‘Til you can stand up too.
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SIRSY is a multi-instrumental band hailing from upstate New York, whose big sound comes from Melanie Krahmer and Rich Libutti. Find them online at sirsy.com and on facebook, twitter, instagram and youtube.
According to Special Olympics, bullying is a problem that transcends geographic, racial, ethnic and economic borders and is an issue closely connected to their movement of acceptance and inclusion. In particular, students with disabilities are 2-3 times more likely to be bullied than their peers without disabilities.
Want to read more? Here are some great articles:
- Be Fearless Be Kind (hasbro.com)
- As School Begins, Please Teach Your Children About Disabilities (themighty.com)
- I Was Bullied as a Child With Special Needs. Here’s How You Can Protect Your Kid. (educationpost.org)
- Special Needs Kids And Bullying (stompoutbullying.org)