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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 and respect, and together they have found ways to allow Landon to survive and thrive in his new surroundings. But getting there has taken time, and the path hasn’t always been clear.

    In recent months, we’ve heard from a growing chorus of educators, parents, and students around the country about the need for guidance on how schools can successfully support transgender students and non-transgender students in compliance with federal civil rights laws. In fact, just this week, the National Association of Secondary School... 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 and enriching environment for students, teachers, and administrators alike. SROs are able to be a strong role model for students all while providing positive interactions between youth and law enforcement.

    For some students, the SRO provides them an opportunity to interact with law enforcement in a non-confrontational and positive manner. It is important that schools and law enforcement agencies enter... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: March 30, 2016
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    Through our work with communities across the country, we know stakeholders from health and education sectors are eager to prevent youth bullying. Yet, they may not know where to get the right information to start and sustain impactful local efforts. This is why the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) worked with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to create a new Bullying Prevention Online Course, which will provide the tools needed to help make a difference in communities across the U.S. This course presents the latest knowledge and best practices from the field of bullying prevention. 

    This course is a FREE professional development tool for everyone who wants to be engaged in bullying... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: March 17, 2016
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    Youth-adult partnerships involve multiple youth working together with multiple adults to address issues that are important to the overall health of people, groups and communities. A goal of these partnerships is to stimulate youth to develop social responsibility – a crucial factor in the promotion of health and well-being. Research ... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: March 2, 2016

    States and districts are increasingly in support of policies and practices that shift school discipline away from zero tolerance, such as suspension and expulsion, to discipline that is focused on teaching and engagement. To this effort, districts and states are rethinking discipline and adopting both Restorative Justice Practices (RJP) and Bullying Prevention (BP) as school-wide efforts to provide school staff with a set of preventative and responsive strategies to supporting positive student behaviors. Continue Reading

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  • Posted: January 14, 2016
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    The library is one of the safe places at school – where everyone can feel welcome and comfortable asking for advice and resources. Librarians are nurturers, caregivers and protectors.

    We take this role especially seriously at our middle school, where 57 percent of our students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and many are transitioning to the United States from other countries. This year we emphasized that it’s possible to overcome a reputation our students may not be proud of – online and offline. We can all have second chances.

    We’ve built our school as a community. As educators, we have the greatest impact on our students when we help them develop both a sense of self and community.  We’ve found that a key piece of bullying prevention lies in helping students feel like they are part of something bigger than themselves.

    Our school builds many of these kinds of... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: December 9, 2015
    The following states and jurisdictions have chosen the bullying performance measure: California, Alaska, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Colorado, Kansas, Florida, Georgia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Washington DC, Maine, Delaware, American Samoa, and Northern Mariana Islands.

    Research confirms what many public health practitioners, educators, parents, and children have long known—that bullying is a serious issue Site Exit Disclaimer facing our nation. In October of 2014, HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau shared its vision to activate support on this important challenge by establishing bullying prevalence as one of 15 new National Performance Measures for the Title V Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Block Grant Program. Continue Reading

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  • Posted: December 3, 2015
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    Bullying affects children and young adults in every U.S. state and jurisdiction. Across the nation, we’ve seen communities work together in response to this issue, investing their resources to increase bullying prevention efforts and create safer environments for youth. Whether through ongoing bullying prevention trainings for adults who work with youth using the guidance of StopBullying.gov resources, or a coalition to coordinate community efforts, local community members are laying the groundwork for successful long-term initiatives. Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 29, 2015
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    At the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline , we believe it’s important to raise awareness about the effects of bullying. Together with our partners, we work to provide resources and support for those in emotional distress, including individuals who have been bullied.

    In popular media, bullying behavior is often linked to suicide in youth.  As a result, many in the community may believe that bullying is a direct cause of suicidal behavior in young people.  In fact, while bullying can be a factor in youth suicide, bullying alone... Continue Reading

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  • Posted: October 21, 2015
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    Throughout the year, StopBullying.gov featured a series of blog posts co-authored by bullying prevention subject matter experts at the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other key partner organizations. The series, called “Take Action Today” shared compelling and personal stories of teachers, school nurses, law enforcement officials, and others who work every day to prevent bullying in their schools and communities. The collective efforts of these groups, such as the United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), Sesame Workshop and the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) are helping to create safer social climates for children and youth across the country.

    In recognition of October being Bullying Prevention Awareness month,... Continue Reading

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