Anonymous compliments

Monday, July 8, 2013 - 8:50am

The opposite of bullying: high school student creates Facebook page for people to anonymously encourage each other.

Bullying is a hot topic in the news but students at one high school in Las Vegas are pouring themselves into just the opposite.

Instead of breaking one another down, students at advanced technologies academy are lifting each other up.

And they're using a Facebook page called Atech compliments to do it.

His friends know who he is now, but Wilson to remained anonymous for the entire school year. He secretly created a Facebook page called Atech Compliments, a place where students could post anonymous encouragement to one another.

"I wanted to make a page like that, so people could communicate that extra nice thing to one another, give compliments to thank people for just being who they are."

Students on campus loved the site and the compliments started pouring in.

"... is one of those sweet individuals who can liven up the room and bring a smile to people's faces."

But nobody knew Wilson was behind it. He started the site, screened the compliments, and launched a kindness movement that swept Atech, with more than 500 regular followers.

"It's just another example of what's so neat about the students at A-Tech. It was student-driven and students bought in to it."

Wilson had no idea it would be such a big deal until he began to see the effect a simple compliment could have.

"A lot of these quiet individuals who don't think much of what they do but when they get the responses that I've seen before, complimenting them for their intelligence, for their charisma, all these things they didn't realize about themselves, it helps to build a lot of self esteem."

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