Cy-Ranch High School is part of the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District in the northern suburbs of Houston. So is Hamilton Middle School, where gay 13-year-old Asher Brown was relentlessly bullied before taking his own life in 2010.
A year later, a 17-year-old junior became president of the student council at Cypress Ranch High School, which is in the same school district as Hamilton Middle School. And Stewart Allen Oswald III started looking for a project that would bring Cypress Ranch’s 2,500 students together. When he heard about lip dubs, a way of making music videos with large casts using pre-recorded music, he decided that one starring Cypress Ranch students would “stand out” and be “different.”
And he knew just the lip dub he wanted to make. He choose this topic not because it’s a big problem at Cypress Ranch, he says, but because it isn’t. “Our school has great staff and great students,” he told me. “The focus of our video would be a positive message: Our students won’t tolerate bullying here. We don’t want another Asher Brown.”
That’s why it’s especially good to see this amazing flash-mob/lip-dub anti-bullying video from the students at Cy-Ranch and Kaitlyn Knippers, a 15-year-old who wrote and recorded the song, “Who Do You Think You Are.”
Great job, Cy-Ranch students!!!