Dr. Warren Throckmorton has developed FREE resources for youth workers (of any type) to use in talking about bullying prevention – especially in regards to gay and lesbian teens. Below are his remarks about the resources:
The following resources are designed to be used with youth in religious education, sunday schools or youth group meetings. They are all free downloads for use and reproduction provided proper credit is given to the author(s).
Authors interested in submitting lesson plans should contact Warren Throckmorton with submissions. We are primarily interested in materials which encourage adherence to the Golden Rule and other teaching on civility and mutual respect.
Christians and Bullying Prevention – This lesson plan can be conducted in one 89-90 minute youth meeting or as a part of a two-part series. The plan provides a basis for bullying prevention from biblical teaching along with exercises which dramatize the problem and solutions. For grades 7-12.
Bullying Role Play – This is referred to in the lesson plan above and is designed to make students aware of the different roles in a bullying episode. Using the story of the Good Samaritan, this can also serve as a separate lesson. For grades 7-12.
The Freshman in the Lunchroom (Bullying Prevention Skit GRP 003) – This skit role plays a bullying scenario where a young boy is perceived to be gay. Designed to acted out by older youth group members or youth leaders, the skit provides a prompt for discussion and can be used with the lesson plan, Christians and Bullying Prevention. For grades 7-12.
Here is a video from a young straight Christian man from Australia who was bullied in Christian school because he was perceived to be gay. This could be a powerful clip to use as a part of the lesson plans above. This clip could be used in addition to or in place of the skit. Also, if you decide to do a two-part series, this clip could be combined with the The Freshman in the Lunchroom skit for a lesson.
As background, here is an article titled “A Christian response to anti-gay bullying” on the CNN website.
For more info about the Golden Rule Pledge, click this. The Golden Rule Pledge is co-led by Warren Throckmorton, Associate Professor of Psychology at Grove City College and Michael Frey, Western PA Director of Campus Ministry for Campus Crusade for Christ. The resources can be accessed at no cost at www.goldenrulepledge.com/grpresources. For more information, contact Dr. Throckmorton at firstname.lastname@example.org.