October is National Bullying Prevention Month
National Bullying Prevention Month is a campaign founded in 2006 by PACER's (Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights) National Center for Bullying Prevention. The campaign strives to unite communities nationwide to educate and raise awareness of bullying prevention.
PACER developed the intitial National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Week in response to the need to raise awareness of bullying, as it was historically viewed as a "childhood rite of passage" with the belief that bullying "made kids tougher." The reality is that bullying has devastating effects such as school avoidance, loss of self-esteem, increased anxiety, and depression.
When the campaign began, PACER encouraged a call to action to educate community members about their role in bullying prevention, which provided the groundwork for the campaign to be consistently recognized as an annual event.
PACER reached out to the community through partnerships with education-based organizations, such as National PTA, American Federation of Teachers and National Education Association, to provide communities, parents and youth with resources to respond to bullying behavior and to begin the shift of societal acceptance of bullying to social change of addressing the issue through education and support.
"The End of Bullying Begins with Me" - that is the message during National Bullying Prevention Month 2014. It is a time when communities can unite to raise awareness of prevention through events, activities, outreach and education. Resources from PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center make it easy to take action.
Find valuable information, resources and ideas to use in your community by viewing PACER's informational flyer.
What is bullying?
Bullying is a form of harassment. Under North Carolina Law, bullying is “any pattern of gestures or written, electronic, or verbal communications, or any physical act or any threatening communication, that takes place on school property* reasonably perceived as being motivated by any actual or perceived differentiating characteristic, such as race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, socioeconomic status, academic status, gender identity, physical appearance, sexual orientation or mental, physical, developmental, or sensory disability, or by association with a person who has or is perceived to have one or more of these characteristics.” Bullying may include, but is not limited to, verbal taunts, name-calling and put-downs, extortion of money or possessions, implied or stated threats.
Please click here to view the Union County Board of Education bullying policy.
*School property is the physical premises of all school campuses, bus stops, all vehicles under the control of the district (including but not limited to Yellow School and Activity Buses), school sponsored curricular and extracurricular activities, regardless of where they occur. The administration may also impose consequences for conduct which occurs off campus if it results in a disruption on school property.