The Prejudice Institute (www.prejudiceinstitute.org) has several great ideas about how to be a hero in your school!
Work on yourself first. Everyone has negative feelings towards other people from time to time. Don't feel that you're a bad person if you have those feelings. Admitting those feelings will help you control them and not act out on them.
Be aware of tendencies you may have to judge other people because of their appearance, clothing, or speech. This is especially important for teenagers, because they're under so much pressure from friends to make these judgments in order to fit in.
Don’t laugh at jokes that make fun of other people because of who they are or what they look like. What seems like a joke or harmless teasing to you may not be funny to someone else especially if they're the object of the "humor.” A good question to ask is, “how would I feel if I was the center of that joke?”
Take it on yourself to make sure no one is left out from school activities such as discussions, group projects, and social events.
Think of different ways you could get to know more people in other groups or learn more about them. Then reach out, expose yourself to new people, cultures, and activities.
Read books and see movies about people who are different than you. The world is such a big place with all kinds of people. Celebrate your place in the world along with others!
Attend activities sponsored through regular events, like Black History Month, Gay Pride Day, and International Women's Day to learn new and interesting information.
If you see something, say something. Report serious incidents to an authority you can trust to do something. This may be respected teacher, for instance, or a committee designated to address the issue. If the first person you approach does nothing, try again with someone else. This is important. Incidents can escalate into even more serious problems.
Work together with other people to organize new solutions to the problems of violence in the school. Start a Stand For The Silent chapter at your school. Visit www.standforthesilent.com