Dear CHS staff...

Lend a hand!

“The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention.” -Oscar Wilde

These are the words from your fellow students

Result of ignoring: “I wasn’t mad. I was just disappointed and frustrated because my day got worse. I would have been nice if someone helped me pick up my books.”.

Result of assisting: “After a bad morning at home, I dropped all my books in the crowded hallway. A random person helped me pick up my books and it really lifted my mood. I was really thankful that someone gave a few seconds of their day to help me. It made me wanted me to help others too because you never know when someone is having a bad day.”.


A survey has been conducted to show that 77% of students would aid a stranger when they drop their books in an empty hallway, while only 23% of students would help another stranger in a crowded hallway.

Regardless of the situation, one should always try to help others out as much as possible.

Why Are You Just A Bystander?

Students avoid helping others they see in the hallway because “the presence of other people creates a diffusion of responsibility,” which causes the bystander to conclude the victim will receive help from other people. The bystanders are automatically assuming that the responsibility should be equal within the bystanders. Although this seems logical, it is also negligent.

Even our president supports this issue

President Obama is asking you not to ignore the people who are in the situation of needing assistance.

As the saying goes, "Treat other as you want to be treated"- Unknown.

This goes without saying, if you want someone to help you in your time of need, then you best help the other people in need.

Please do not diffuse the responsibility and lend a hand!


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