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New Video Resource: Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights

Stopbullying.gov is excited to announce a new video resource: Bullying, Harassment, & Civil Rights: An Overview of School Districts’ Federal Obligation to Respond to Harassment. This video has been developed as part of collaboration among the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of the Department of Health and Human Services. 

The video explains schools’ obligations under federal civil rights laws to respond to bullying and harassment.  U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan provides opening comments and then Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs at the U.S. Department of Justice, Karol Mason, and Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education, Catherine E. Lhamon, walk viewers through helpful information to ensure that students learn in safe, healthy and nondiscriminatory climates. 

The video explains:

  • what forms harassment can take;
  • which classes are protected by the federal civil rights laws;
  • case examples;
  • a school’s legal obligation to address bullying and harassment;
  • best practices for addressing bullying and harassment; and
  • how to create safe environments.

We hope that the video will be shared widely so that schools are better informed of their responsibilities and students understand their rights.

Schools have a responsibility to create safe learning environments for all students.  When bullying or harassment is based on a protected class and creates a hostile environment, or when bullying or harassment of a student with a disability affects that student’s ability to receive a free appropriate public education, schools have an obligation under federal civil rights laws to take action.  The resources identified in this video can help support schools’ efforts to address bullying and harassment and to build safe, supportive learning environments for our nation’s youth.  Watch the video and learn more.