Bullying: A Call to Action

Date: November 1, 2010

As I am sure many of you have seen or heard in the media, there have been a number of recent suicides of teens or young adults who were bullied for being gay or appearing to be gay. As educators, we have a responsibility to help our students who, either directly or indirectly, are being bullied for any reason.

That is why I recently asked every member of our organization to take an active role in helping our students understand that It Gets Better.

I am sure that we can all think of time when someone we knew was bullied. Perhaps we were bullied ourselves. If so, we know bullying can result in isolation and insecurity, and the effect can be lasting. Our students do not have to experience this.

And we are taking action.

Addressing bullying may not always be easy.  For some, bullying may be related to things we are not comfortable talking about or bring up memories that are too painful to recollect.  You don’t have to figure it out on your own. Ombudsman operations managers, administrative staff, trainers, district partners and others are available to support you and your students. There are also great materials and resources available online. The following are just a few:

In addition, there are specific resources for students/teachers about the bullying of Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender or Questioning youth (LGBTQ):

Over the past few weeks, all center staff were tasked with running Skill-streaming sessions to talk about bullying. Additionally,we encouraged every member of our organization to share a personal story, link, video, and/or website, to help address – and end – bullying.

At Ombudsman, we believe every student can succeed. That success begins with building positive relationships and sense of community in our learning centers to help students feel safe, to know that we care about them and their success, and that we are here to help them meet their goals to become positive, contributing members of society.

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