The mission of the NBP is to build strong leadership among students and adults within their school and community for the purpose of preventing harassment and bullying and to create and sustain a safe environment.
In April of 2012, two students attending Edward Little High School stepped up to combat one of the worst and scariest problems their school had faced in a long time – cyber-harassment.
Then Seniors in High School, Lucas Farrago, 18, and Samuel Chamberlain, 19 noted that there was a large number of students that were facing bullying and harassment online, and there was little to nothing that the school or police could do.
Generally, when someone is caught bullying or harassing, a school administrator may step in, but other than informing the police and parents of the situation there is not much that can be done. Many school administrators will attempt to call Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or like social media locales, but will be soon to find out that without a court order the social media companies will not get involved.
Farrago and Chamberlain, decided to start the #NoBull Project, this is a project that began in their school working to combat online bullying and harassment. The #NoBull Project follows the idea that there is power in numbers, and that when you see someone being bullied or harassed online, you may not be willing to say something yourself but when you post “#NoBull” you are showing that yourself and anyone else involved in the #NoBull Project is against the bullying and harassment that is occurring.
Farrago and Chamberlain had never expected the #NoBull Project to get to the point that it is now. Chamberlain goes into schools all across Maine and talks to students about the Project as well as how bullying really affects others.
Chamberlain and Farrago are both college students now, Farrago studying Business at James Madison University, and Chamberlain is studying Leadership and Organizational Studies at the University of Southern Maine.