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North Carolina HS Principal Shows How to Combat Negativity and Overcome Fear

June 10, 2018

My brother, who retired to the NC coast, sent me a link to this story about the North Brunswick HS graduation ceremony. The ceremony concludes with two of the class leaders pointing to the control booth at the back of the auditorium and shouting: “Cue the music!” At that point several of the graduates in the audience begin dancing to Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror”. When the song reaches the chorus, all the graduates begin dancing and chanting the words:

I’m starting with the man in the mirror
(Ooh!)
I’m asking him to change his ways
(Ooh!)
And no message could have been any clearer
If you want to make the world a better place
(If you want to make the world a better place)
Take a look at yourself, and then make a change
(Take a look at yourself, and then make a change)

At the conclusion the Principal offers an explanation as to why this song was selected:

“To the crowd, this is what this song means to us:” the principal said. “This year has been really traumatic and after every event in the country, we would play that through our speaker and we would promise to each other that that wouldn’t happen at North.”

Who needs armed guards when you have a leader who helps students look out for each other and look in the mirror every day and be the change you want to see.

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