BULLY FREE ZONE (“Startstrong"n.d.) Join forces and put an end to bullying at your school! “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; be proud, but not arrogant; have humor, but without folly.” ~ Jim Rohn
56% OF STUDENTS HAVE PERSONALLY FELT SOME SORT OF BULLYINGAT SCHOOL. BETWEEN 4TH AND 8TH GRADE IN PARTICULAR, 90% OFSTUDENTS ARE VICTIMS OF BULLYING (“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). ("Elizabethblog," 2010) “The bullying stopped when I claimed myself and proved that I wasn’t afraid. A lot of it was when I was hiding when I was younger.” ~ Randy Harrison
THE MOST COMMON REASON CITED FOR BEING HARASSED IS ASTUDENTS APPEARANCE OR BODY SIZE. 2 OUT OF 5 TEENSFEEL THAT THEY ARE BULLIED BECAUSE OF THE WAY THATTHEY LOOK (“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). (Lungu, 2010) “Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.” ~ Harvey S. Firestone
9 OUT OF 10 LGBT YOUTH REPORTED BEING VERBALLYHARASSED AT SCHOOL IN THE PAST YEAR BECAUSE OF THEIRSEXUAL ORIENTATION (“DOSOMETHING” N.D.).Bullying in any form is wrong. I want to show Homophobic bullying doesnt just affect youngyoung people who are struggling with theirsexuality that they can feel happy and confident lesbian, gay and bisexual people. It affects sporty girls,about who they are. Dont give bullies the chance bookish boys, children with same-sex parents; anyoneto bring you down! Thats why I support perceived as different. Stonewall resources are now inStonewall and their work on homophobic bullying every school, helping to tackle homophobic prejudicein schools. Be true to yourself and together wecan beat homophobic bullying. and bullying.Harry Derbidge Amy Lamé ("Stonewall," n.d.)
1 IN 4 TEACHERS SEE NOTHING WRONG WITH BULLYING ANDWILL ONLY INTERVENE 4% PERCENT OF THE TIME(“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). ("Burin Peninsula," 2010)
A VICTIM OF BULLYING IS TWICE AS LIKELY TO TAKE HIS OR HEROWN LIFE COMPARED TO SOMEONE WHO IS NOT A VICTIM(“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). (Patrick, 2009) “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” ~ Mahatma Gandhi
ONE OUT OF 10 STUDENTS DROP OUT OF SCHOOLBECAUSE THEY ARE BULLIED (“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). ("Could reducing," 2012)
PHYSICAL BULLYING PEAK IN MIDDLE SCHOOL AND DECLINES INHIGH SCHOOL. VERBAL ABUSE RATES REMAIN CONSTANT FROMELEMENTARY TO HIGH SCHOOL (“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). (McPherson, 2011) (“Bullying,” n.d.)
RESEARCHERS FEEL THAT BULLYING SHOULD NOT BE TREATEDAS PART OF GROWING UP WITH THE ATTITUDE “KIDS WILL BEKIDS“(“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). ("Bullying epidemic," n.d.)
41% OF PRINCIPALS SAY THEY HAVE PROGRAMS DESIGNED TOCREATE A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR LGBT STUDENTS, BUTONLY 1/3 OF PRINCIPALS SAY THAT LGBT STUDENTS WOULDFEEL SAFE AT THEIR SCHOOL(“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). (Steffenhagen, 2012)
57% OF STUDENTS WHO EXPERIENCE HARASSMENT IN SCHOOLNEVER REPORT THE INCIDENT TO THE SCHOOL. 10% OF THOSE WHODO NOT REPORT STAY QUIET BECAUSE THEY DO NOT BELIEVE THATTEACHERS OR STAFF CAN DO ANYTHING. AS A RESULT, MORE THAN AQUARTER OF STUDENTS FEEL THAT SCHOOL IS AN UNSAFE PLACE TOBE (“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). (CALCASA, 2012)
SCHOOLS WITH EASILY UNDERSTOOD RULES OF CONDUCT,SMALLER CLASS SIZES AND FAIR DISCIPLINE PRACTICESREPORT LESS VIOLENCE THAN THOSE WITHOUT SUCHFEATURES (“DOSOMETHING” N.D.). (Blaker, 2009)
WELCOME TO MY LIFE: ANTI-BULLYING VIDEO/SONG(PLEASE CLICK HYPERLINK ABOVE TO VIEW) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN2g9a3mokk
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