The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local Education

October 2, 2013

Empowering students to prevent bullying

Former Miss Indiana returns to hometown where she says she was bullied

ANDERSON, Ind. — When Brittany Mason left Anderson High School she never planned to come back.

“When I left Anderson, I left and went far away,” she said.

Mason went on to become Miss Indiana in 2008 and a successful model and actress. She was recently featured on the 200th episode of “Two and a Half Men” as a guest star and has worked with supermodel Naomi Campbell.

But Mason’s memories of her hometown high school were dark and bitter. At the beginning of her junior year, Mason said she had to drop out of the public school system and completed her education at home because she was a victim of bullying.

On Wednesday, the 27-year-old Mason returned to the high school for the first time in 10 years. She spent the day talking to juniors and seniors about her days of torment and fear and she encouraged the students to take a stance against bullying. Today she will talk to freshmen and sophomores.

“I want to see a change in this community and I need your help,” she told the juniors at Anderson High School.

For Mason, the bullying started her freshman year. She said she was often teased, but some of the bullying took place in front of school administrators who did nothing to help her.

“Back then it was known as a rite of passage,” Mason said. “It tears a kid apart. They carry those emotions with them forever.”

The bullying also followed Mason home. She said her tires were slashed, Barbie dolls with the heads ripped off were strewn across her lawn and red paint was poured all over her yard. When Mason reported the bullying to school authorities she said they did not help her.

“I handled it the wrong way and it got so out of hand,” she said. “When I tried to get help, it was too late. They did not believe me.”

Text Only
Local Education
  • NWS-HB0419-IvyTech-JC2.JPG Work begins on new Ivy Tech facility

    Motorists driving on East 60th Street near Columbus Avenue will notice heavy machinery working in preparation for a new educational facility in Anderson.

    April 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • Many schools see increases in IREAD scores More Madison County schools reported preliminary IREAD-3 test results Friday and, for the most part, officials were pleased with the results.

    April 18, 2014

  • NWS - HB0419 - Bicycle follow - JC 3 Highland staff, students donate more than $1,500 to help classmate's family

    Despite being a fresh face in the halls, students and staff honored Suncerria's memory this week raising more than $1,500 in cash donations and $300 in gift cards as well as a food basket to support her family through their grief.

    April 18, 2014 3 Photos

  • Liberty Christian makes changes to annual auction Liberty Christian School is upping the ante for its upcoming Duck-Tacular event. The school’s annual benefit auction is steering away from past forest themes to “Duck-Tacular,” a nod to the popular A&E show “Duck Dynasty.”

    April 18, 2014

  • Ivy Tech extends deadline for ASAP Ivy tech Community College is extending the application deadline for a special program that allows students to earn an associate degree in 11 months.

    April 18, 2014

  • Students to England to raise funds at luncheon, auction On Saturday, the Students to England 2015 group will be sponsoring a luncheon and auction in the Lapel High School cafeteria/commons area.

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS - HB0528 - IREAD - JC 1.jpg Anderson IREAD-3 test results show improvement

    Two Anderson elementary schools posted double-digit increases in the percentage of third-graders who passed the IREAD-3 test last month, according to preliminary results released by school officials.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Jazz night comes to Paramount Hopkins and Miller’s Sunset Stomp Jazz Band will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Paramount. The performance is one of the first events for the 27th Annual City of Anderson Little 500 Festival schedule.

    April 17, 2014

  • NWS - HB0418 - Susan Brooks Educators, agribusiness leaders discuss careers Citing approximately 55,000 new jobs being created annually in agribusiness, U.S. Rep. Susan Brooks brought educators and business leaders together to encourage students to consider it as a career path.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • AU students giving back to community

    For the past five years Anderson University students have been sprucing up the city through the Operation Foundation program.

    April 16, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide