"A school where children don't feel safe is a school where children struggle to learn. It is a school where kids drop out, tune out, and get depressed. Not just violence but bullying, verbal harassment, substance abuse, cyber-bullying, and disruptive classrooms all interfere with a student's ability to learn."
—U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
No child makes a sudden decision to leave school. Instead, it's a long progression of often several factors that builds over time, resulting in the eventual decision to drop out. For many, bullying plays a big role in this decision. Physical, verbal and emotional harassment can make a child feel isolated, and even afraid to attend school. Children will skip classes or even full days to avoid their tormenters, and will fall behind as a result.
The majority of bullying in elementary school happens at recess. See how our featured American Graduate Day
, is changing that landscape and using play to combat bullying. (Starts at 4:24:40)
Not In Our Town: Class Actions
PBS NewsHour | Shakespeare to Prevent Bullying
PBS NewsHour | Babies to Prevent Bullying
WMHT American Graduate Day | Bullying
KNME | Public Square - Bullying
WHUT | Bullying
WHUT | Bullying
In "Education Talk Back - Bullying" Digital Media Arts Club students at Ballou High School discuss the effects of bullying.
CPT-12 | Anti-Bullying PSA
Student Reporting Labs: Students Talk about Bullying Experiences, Solutions
Resources and Further Reading:
NEA - 10 Steps to Stop and Prevent Bullying
Edutopia - 5 Ways to Stop Bullying and Move Into Action
PBS - Not In Our Town
Huffington Post Anti-Bullying