Posted: December 9, 2014
As a Sikh American working to end school bullying in the post-9/11 environment, I believe the key to success is building partnerships with communities outside our own.
The Sikh Coalition was formed in response to the 9/11 attacks. As Sikhs mourned the loss of innocent lives that day, we encountered bigotry because of our appearance.
Observant Sikhs are distinguished by turbans and uncut hair. Our turban is a reminder to lead an ethical life, and our hair is considered a natural part of the body and left uncut out of respect ... Continue Reading
Posted: November 24, 2014
“Bullying is preventable… Having just one friend makes it less likely that a child will be bullied.” This was one of the key findings presented in Building Capacity to Reduce Bullying, a new report from the Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council. The report summarized a two-day workshop held this past spring.
Whitney Dockrey, a 22-year-old senior at Georgetown University, participated in the workshop as a youth panelist. Similar to the workshop finding, her experiences ... Continue ReadingPosted in Profiles/Voices from the Field
Posted: November 18, 2014
More than one-quarter of students between the ages of 12 and 18 reported being bullied at school during the 2010-11 school year — nearly 7 million students.Continue Reading
Posted: November 13, 2014
In the post below, Carolyn Duff, president of the National Association of School Nurses reflects upon the unique role school-located health professionals play in bullying prevention.
A team of adults increase supervision in “hot spots” around the school, such as the school playground.
Sue and Peggy work within miles of each other at W.B. Simpson Elementary School and Polytech High School, ... Continue ReadingPosted in Prevention
Posted: November 5, 2014
Bullying is wrong and must not be tolerated. The sad reality, though, is that bullying persists in our schools today, especially for America's 6.75 million students with disabilities in our public schools. Bullying raises civil rights concerns under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which are two federal laws that prohibit disability discrimination.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) investigates and resolves complaints of disability discrimination at public ... Continue Reading