Father and Son Team Present Anti-Bullying Message at Southwest | Arts & Culture
By Daniel Daniels, Bibb County School District Communications Intern
On Tuesday, March 5, Southwest High School held an assembly aimed at preventing bullying. The assembly was presented by James Cooper, founder of the nonprofit organization FEDUP4U. According to the program’s website, the FEDUP4U organization created a campaign titled Fed Up with Bullies, “to raise awareness and educate youth on the effects and consequences of bullying.” Through this program, FEDUP4U travels to schools across the nation to present their message of anti-bullying.
During the assembly at Southwest, Mr. Cooper spoke about the struggles he faced in the past.
“Growing up, I didn’t make the right decisions,” he said.
He told the students that he was sentenced to more than 9 years in prison because of his poor choices. He also spoke about the importance of teachers in the students' lives. He told the students that teachers need to be respected because they are qualified to do many things, but they choose to teach.
Jaquan Cooper, better known as Tropakana, also spoke to the Southwest students in attendance. Jaquan, the son of program founder James Cooper, is a rap artist who produces profanity-free music aimed at providing a good message for his listeners.
One of the main messages presented to students was that the actions taken by students today have consequences in the future. Mr. James Cooper told the students that real life is not like a movie.
“Real life is not lights, camera, action, cut” he said. "There is no cut in real life."