School safety has been making headlines in recent years as violence and other problems in schools continue to rise. Now officials are turning to students for help. Today U.S. Attorneys Booth Goodwin and Bill Ihlenfeld are honoring more than 60 high school students from across the state of West Virginia as they are inducted into the Ambassadors for Justice program.
These students were hand picked by their principals for their outstanding character and commitment to service. As an Ambassador for Justice these students will be the eyes and ears of their schools, looking for problems among the student body and working with their peers to solve those problems.
Today Logan Shomo of South Charleston High School joins the ranks of U.S. Ambassadors for Justice. Shomo is honored to have this opportunity to make a difference. He believes it's a moral responsibility to take action if you want something done rather than wait on others to create change.
A top priority for Shomo is to end bullying. He says since we are all human beings and equal, no one should have to deal with something like bullying.
Bullying can lower self-esteem, but Shomo sees it as a bigger threat. He believes it can slow learning development because if kids are being bullied then they don't want to come to school.
Shomo hopes to make a difference in his school by being someone other students can relate to. He says most kids have trouble relating to adults, but may feel more comfortable with a peer.
Student ambassadors are the eyes and ears of the school. Shomo says nothing is really private in today's world thanks to social media and he plans to use that tool to his advantage to find out what's going on in his school.
Ambassadors for Justice are not only meant to make these hallways safer, but these student ambassadors are getting a taste of real life. Shomo believes he will be gaining valuable leadership experience.
The new Ambassadors for Justice are already taking on their new role by discussing problems and solutions this afternoon with the U.S. Attorneys.