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GL: What are you hoping to achieve with this panel discussion?
Jordan: This panel will bring together some of the nation's leading experts on bullying to talk about why students bully, the impact this is having on students in our schools and offer constructive solutions to the problems at hand. There will be more than 500 teachers, educators and government officials in attendance, and—by talking and working together—we're hoping to take steps toward tackling this crisis head on.
GL: What made you want to bring attention to this issue? Was there a specific instance, or just a buildup of recent events?
This is an incredibly important issue for everyone to address. It’s estimated that 160,000 students miss school every single day because they’re being bullied and are afraid. And one of every 10 students that drops out of high school does so because of repeated bullying. Those are really shocking numbers.
GL: Is there one story that stands out to you or speaks to you personally?
The statistics speak to me even more than individual stories. Did you know, according to GLSEN, high school students hear anti-gay epithets in school an average of 25 times each day? And teachers fail to respond to these comments 97 percent of the time?
The only way to stop this is to unequivocally state that this activity is unacceptable. Schools, clubs, camps, after school and summer programs and every youth-serving organization needs to train staff and volunteers on effective bullying prevention. That’s the first step.
GL: What advice can you give to victims of bullying?
Victims of bullying need to know they're not alone. There are people and organizations that want to help them, and can help make the bullying stop. But the first step is for the victims of bullying to reach out, to speak with someone—a teacher or a counselor—and make them aware of the problem. Once they're aware, there are things that can be done. Too many students suffer in silence, and the bullying only gets worse. We need to encourage more conversation, more awareness, so we can have earlier prevention.
GL: Will you have more discussions or available resources in the future on your site, UNIGO?
BY AMARA WATERS ON 10/22/2010 7:00:00 AM
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Bullys are silly people with low confidence are problems! WHy do People Bully? I dont know, But I do agree something SHOULD be done about!!!
Standing up to Bullies Being a bully
by rosesong on 10/22/2010 6:35:24 PM
I agree! Bullying is horrible and if you ever see or hear anything remotely close to bullying, you should at least do something about it. Even if it's just saying something quietly to the bully, you're still making a difference. Sometimes they don't even realize that what they say or do is hurtful (I'm sure we've all done something at one point.)
by prettypinkconverse on 10/22/2010 2:59:32 PM
Hi i would like to comment this because i am one of the few people who actually try to stop bullying. its demeaning, stupid, and not tolerant! just because someone is different does not mean that you should bully them for no reason! everyone want's to feel safe at their home and school! to all the "bullies" who are reading this please think about what you say to someone before you say it! that could hurt that person, and might make them hurt themselves. it sounds cliche to say that, but it's true. if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it at all!!!
i made a commercial about bullying in my industrial tech class, and the teacher is showing the whole school it. maybe other people should take a stand too.
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