Bullying Laid to Rest with Special Service at Truman Middle

Truman Middle School teachers, administrators, and students spared no detail as they laid bullying to rest during an event for Anti-Bullying Week in the Jefferson Parish Public School System. The school held a jazz funeral for bullying. It included a formal service in the gymnasium, performances by the school’s band and a brass band, speeches from students and staff, and a young Mardi Gras Indian.

“I’m excited. Words cannot express what I’m feeling right now,” said Truman Middle Principal Terry Johnson. “I just want to keep it going.”

Johnson said the event marked another special, positive moment for the school. Bullying is an issue facing every school, and everyone a Truman was excited about taking action. Members of the school’s National Junior Honor Society participated in the event, and there was a laundry list of teachers and staff members who played a vital role.

“We are a family and we operate as one,” said Johnson. “They do first class work.”

Bullying hits close to home for Johnson. It’s something she was a victim of growing up, and something the Truman family wants to eliminate for their students.

“I was just a miracle and I had family support to make me who I am today,” said Johnson. “I want to spread whatever positives I can here. I want to make it a reality for my kids.”