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Federal Gov’t Wants Your Suggestions to Fight Bullying

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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, 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.


Written by OutQ News staff

December 14, 2010 at 11:32 AM

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  1. while attending college, whenever I was ealy to class, I would place my books on a desk and leave the room. Several times my books were placed on the floor and “Bulleys” would laugh at me whenever I returned and picked up my books from the floor. I did confront them verbally, to no avail. They also purposely held the door handle from the opposite side whenever i pulled to enter the classroom. i am now 52 years old and those memories still hurt.


    December 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    • If any of you on this post would like to be interviewed, please emai asap. I am about to send my book, Stop Bullying Now – Creating Caring Cultures. Giving Children Hope to press but there is still time to include your story on the effect of being bullied or
      things you have done to prevent or intervene.
      Together we can make a difference.
      Hope to hear from you.

  2. I am a retired educator. The proposals to combat bullying by having schools responsible for events that occur off campus and outside of school hours are ridiculous. The technology required is simply not available in small schools. At some point, the parents of the bullies must be held accountable, not the schools those bullies attend (if they attend at all). Big Brother’s name is NOT Public Education.


    March 16, 2011 at 2:45 PM

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