Bully Free: It Starts With Me…and You

Bullied students that go it alone because they don’t know who to turn to are far more likely to fall behind in their studies, get sick and/or depressed, miss school, and drop out.

And in the most tragic cases, the bullied student commits suicide, or “bullycide,” as it has come to be known. However, research tells us that one caring adult can make all the difference in a bullied student’s life.

That is why at the National Education Association, we are launching  NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me which aims to identify caring adults in our schools and communities who are willing to stand out as someone pledged to help bullied students.

You can join this effort by taking the pledge to listen to bullied students who may approach you – and take action to stop the bullying. (You will even get a cool sticker and poster).

If you don’t know where to start check out our tips for educators on dealing with bullying. Number one, take complaints seriously!

Children are dying. A bully is making their lives miserable. A bully is threatening them. Humiliating them. Being mean.

There’s research on the bullies. (No, they are not all troubled children who don’t know how to love. Some of them are just mean. Some of them just like to have power over someone weaker. They enjoy crushing souls.)

There’s research on the silent bystanders. (Yes, they have a share of blame. Their silence gives power to the bully. Some of them are cowards. Some of them, like the bully, believe the child being bullied deserves it because they are different.

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2 Responses to “Bully Free: It Starts With Me…and You”

  1. Laura M. Maguire

    “Bullying Requires Non-Education Professionals”
    Bullying requires non-education professionals to step in.
    Unfortunately, education professionals, as experienced as they
    are and have to be with education-related matters, do not have
    the know-how or experience needed to deal with radically
    uncontrolled bullying. However, there are police (men and women), psychologists (men and women), and therapists (men and women) who are not in the business of education; but who are trained to deal with the deviant behavior expressed by a true bully. A 1-800 number for bully victims that is easy to remember should be plastered everywhere in schools from the classrooms to the halls to the restrooms to the playgrounds to the busses and athletic fields as “gentle” reminders to students thinking of getting out of line (bullying). This no-nonsense number would direct the bully victim to immediate help by trained professionals who will evaluate professionally the bully’s mental health and stable or unstable home situation; deal with the bully’s deviant behavior; and help the bully victim through the merciless trauma/abuse he/she experienced–all without repercussions to the actual victim. Of course, legal action and prosecution against the bully (not the school) go without saying. As an added incentive, the school administration may dial the number from the school office. Often, but not always, the bully is a repeat offender. Reporting the crime helps authorities build a case against said bully in court–holding the bully accountable for his/her actions.

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