Harassment and bullying are cyclical. Harassers and bullies have often been harassed or bullied themselves. A safe and supportive school culture and climate is critical to avoiding violence at school.
I worry whether our well meaning desire to combat bullying could lead to an even bigger problem by branding children who misbehave as criminals instead of using other methods to create a more civil and compassionate environment for our children.
This is one of the few recommendations that has a realistic chance of improving the safety of our children -- and it has little if anything to do with having a gun toting security guard on board when a rampage killer enters the classroom.
Megan Rapinoe represents what is possible when LGBT athletes are supported and respected, but it's heartbreaking to think of the potential excellence still being wasted by fear, and the barriers that that fear poses to the health of students who would rather skip school than go to gym.
When addressing school climate issues in education reform, it is far too easy to focus exclusively on the negative, the bias, the bullying, the violence we all agree must end.
Turns out that while sticks and stones can break your bones, words, too, can really hurt. In honor of proving that out-of-date childhood adage incorrect, the week of January 21st-25th has been set aside as No Name Calling Week.
If you believe that the answer to this question is yes, an ancillary question is at what point is violence acceptable when you are being continually subjected to physical abuse by another person?
If we really wanted to end bullying, we would try to end bullying, both as individuals and as institutions. A good place to start doing that might be actual bullies. And by "bullies," I don't mean "other people's kids." I mean the ones we have influence over.
It's time to ask the AFA to stand down. Despite its self-appointed, McCarthy-like crusade to transform this nation into its own image, America doesn't need its help, thank you.
Why is kindness linked with weakness? Is it possible to be kind as well as smart, successful and powerful? Are they mutually exclusive? Of course, the answer to the last question is "no" -- these qualities are not mutually exclusive at all.
There's a danger that in our rush to highlight -- in part, to hopefully eliminate -- what is, in fact, statistically speaking, at least, an extreme outlier problem, we will shift too much attention away from the more day-to-day challenges that threaten the safety and sanctity of our schools.
The same networks and partnerships we use as safety professionals may open doors that have never been opened before. Maybe they can help me build new partnerships and relationships to protect transgender youth.
It was upsetting for many of us to read the recent coverage of Chirlane McCray's life and activism before she met her husband of 18 years. To put this into context, imagine if someone had been called out or ridiculed for once identifying as straight and coming out as LGBT later in life.
When a gay teenager decides that life is not worth living, then I am the lesser for it, because your worth is my worth. Not so very long ago, I decided that I was worth the whole tomato. So are you.
The web has exposed humanity's most damaging tendencies to engage in cruelty and dehumanization.
In order to stop the bullying pandemic, we've got to focus on the victim AND the bully. Pain is a tough place to recover from, but with as many hands on deck as we can get, we can begin to chip away at this incredible intolerance invading our schools.