Federal Gov’t Wants Your Suggestions to Fight Bullying
If you have any good idea on how to combat school bullying, the federal government wants to hear them.
The Department of Education’s task force on bullying prevention announced late last week that it is accepting submissions of “field-based practices” from everyday Americans to help in their efforts. Such practices could include research articles or public service announcements posted free of charge on either a government or non-profit website.
Task force chair and bullying czar Kevin Jennings told OutQ News that the initiative is part of a year-long project that works to give ALL students the resources needed to stay safe at school. The openly gay top federal official says that by encouraging members of the community to participate, the department’s programs remain “culturally competent.”
JENNINGS: “We need everybody involved–we need everybody’s ideas, everbody’s creativity. We know the federal government alone cannot solve this problem. We certainly have an important role to play, but we need more ideas than just our own if we’re going to solve it. And by making it possible for people to submit their ideas and share them with the entire country through bullyinginfo.org, we think we’ve opened up another avenue through which we can disseminate great ideas that are being developed at the state and local level.”
A victim of bullying himself while at school, Jennings says he hopes the recent spike in teen suicides, especially among the LGBT community, will motivate the country to lend a helping hand.
Jennings says the federal government efforts won’t end with this latest program. He says the Education Department is working to fund a separate task force for suicide prevention among LGBT youth.
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