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  • Posted: June 29, 2016

    By the time Landon – a high school student in Massachusetts – entered his freshman year, he had already been in and out of the hospital for multiple suicide attempts. He had been pulled out of school because he wasn’t able to get through the day, and he needed medication to sleep.

    Today, Landon is back in school – a vocational school he transferred to as a sophomore, after coming out to friends and family as a transgender boy – and things have gotten a little easier for him. Landon’s new school is committed to treating every student with dignity ... Continue Reading

  • Posted: June 27, 2016

    Bullying has long been viewed as a rite of passage for young people today. But bullying is not a normal part of adolescence and is now appropriately considered to be a serious public health problem with long-term consequences. According to national surveys, the prevalence of bullying in schools ranges from 18-31 percent of school children. In recent years technology has allowed for an additional type of aggression—cyberbullying—which takes place through social media, instant messaging, and other forms of digital communication, with data showing that the prevalence of cyber victimization ranges from 7-15 percent of youth.

    Recognizing these public health ... Continue Reading

  • Posted: May 25, 2016

    Social media, when done right, holds great promise for public health practitioners. As the adoption of Facebook, Twitter, and other online engagement tools become more common among leaders of the field, so too will the insights and sharing of best practices.

    With more than one in five youth between the ages of 12 and 18 years old targeted at school, bullying is a widespread problem. In a new journal article, the team at StopBullying.gov takes a close look at online conversations about bullying and uncovers new strategies for promoting public health messages about bullying.

    Identifying New Strategies to ... Continue Reading

  • Posted: May 10, 2016

    Community policing is a philosophy revolving around the concept of law enforcement and the community working together to ensure public safety for all in the community. By engaging in partnerships, problem solving, and organizational change, a law enforcement agency can approach public safety in a comprehensive, proactive method. Community policing is neither a program nor a single policing unit, however, it is a philosophy that involves all within the agency and the community.

    Community policing can be applied to any setting, including schools. By following community policing, school resource officers (SROs) and school safety personnel can contribute to a productive ... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: April 19, 2016
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    School continues to be a dangerous place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) youth.   A 2014 study by the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) found that 65% of LGBT students heard homophobic remarks frequently or often, 56% of LGBT students reported personally experiencing LGBT-related discriminatory policies or practices at school, and 33% of LGBT students were physically harassed (e.g., pushed or shoved) in the past year because of their sexual orientation.

    “Despite increased public acceptance of LGBT people in general, many ... Continue Reading

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