• Petitioned Shirley Simpson

This petition was delivered to:

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Liaison to the Board of Directors
Shirley Simpson
Director of Communications
Tracey Benson
Policy Services Analyst
Dr. Terry Rowles
Policy Services Analyst
Steve Highlen
Policy Services Technical Assistant
Renae Watson
Interim Executive Director
Dr. Chuck Essigs
Arizona School Boards Association
Research Analyst
Michael T. Martin
Director of Policy Services
James Deaton

Nobody Chooses To Be Bullied

    1. The Bullying Project
    2. Petition by

      The Bullying Project

      Avondale, AZ

The Arizona School Boards Association recently created a new policy defining harassment as: "Harassment is intentional behavior by a student or group of
students that is disturbing or threatening to another student or group of
students. Intentional behaviors that characterize harassment include, but
are not limited to, stalking, hazing, social exclusion, name calling, unwanted
physical contact and unwelcome verbal or written comments, photographs
and graphics. Harassment may be related, but not limited to, race, religious
orientation, sexual preference, cultural background, economic status, size or
personal appearance. Harassing behaviors can be direct or indirect and by
use of social media”.

"Sexual preference" suggests a degree of voluntary choice. Sexual orientation is not chosen. Why would students choose to be bullied? Tell the Arizona School Boards Association to replace sexual preference with actual and perceived sexual orientation and gender identity into their definition of harassment. Nobody chooses to be bullied.

View policy here : http://thebullyingproject.org/storage/ASBA.pdf

To:
Shirley Simpson, Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Liaison to the Board of Directors
Tracey Benson, Director of Communications
Dr. Terry Rowles, Policy Services Analyst
Steve Highlen, Policy Services Analyst
Renae Watson, Policy Services Technical Assistant
Dr. Chuck Essigs, Interim Executive Director
Arizona School Boards Association
Michael T. Martin, Research Analyst
James Deaton, Director of Policy Services
Please replace sexual preference with actual and perceived sexual orientation and gender identity to your definition of harassment.

"Sexual preference" suggests a degree of voluntary choice. Sexual orientation is not chosen. Why would students choose to be bullied? Nobody chooses to be bullied.


Sincerely,

Sincerely,
[Your name]

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Finally a response!

      The Bullying Project
      Petition Organizer

      Just got off the phone with Steve Highlen one of the Policy Services Analysts from the Arizona School Boards Association, he said that changing "sexual preference" in their anti-bullying model will be put up for discussion.

    3. Email to the Arizona School Boards Association

      The Bullying Project
      Petition Organizer

      We sent an email to the Arizona School Boards Association - check it out!

      Email was sent 11/29/11 11:0PM (GMT-07:00)

      Update:
      Tracey Benson "[email protected]" read the email on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 6:42:39 AM (GMT-07:00)

      Shirley Simpson "[email protected]" deleted the email without reading it on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 12:18:03 PM (GMT-07:00)

      Steve Highlen "[email protected]" read the email on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 1:07:13 PM (GMT-07:00)

    4. Reached 200 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Suzanne Chandler CARUTHERSVILLE, MO
      • over 2 years ago

      Hey everyone, this is an important proposed bill that I found a petition before that we all need to sign. It is not taking away free speech just making people accountable. I hope others will join me in signing it. http://www.change.org/petitions/new-york-pass-strong-cyberbullying-bill-a08688

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    • Jazmin Jordan PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      son gets bullied every day

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    • InThe Closet PHOENIX, AZ
      • over 2 years ago

      LGBT is not a choice.

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    • Christine J. Buckley GLENDALE, CA
      • almost 3 years ago

      Allowing abuse/bullying on children is the worst type of sin! Shame on you!

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    • Donna J Zaj EASTPOINTE, MI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Merik is my beautiful nephew. He is brave, intelligent and I stand behind him and this cause 150%!

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