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Bully FREE ZONE USA: ANTI-BULLYING AND HARASSMENT ACT OF 2013
  • Petitioned Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL7)

This petition was delivered to:

H.R. 975 Sponsor
Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-IL7)
Committee Chairman, House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Rep. John Kline (R-MN2)
Ranking Member, House Committee on Education and the Workforce
Rep. George Miller (D-CA7)
U.S. Secretary of Education
Arne Duncan
President of the United States
U.S. Senate
U.S. House of Representatives

Bully FREE ZONE USA: ANTI-BULLYING AND HARASSMENT ACT OF 2013

    1. Petition by

      Cheer for a Cause

We support The Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2013.

We are your present and our future.

Although many of us are not yet old enough to vote, we have BIG VOICES and we are using them now.

We also have EYES that have watched many of our peers end their lives.

We have EARS that have listened to our loved ones be degraded and put down.

And we have HEARTS that are broken because we all know someone who has been bullied. For many of us, it’s “me.” It’s happening right now.

We are standing together to ask you to HELP protect us.

We stand together to ask our government, coaches, teachers, school administrators, local law enforcement and families to PROTECT us from bullies.

Remember if we STOP bullying we SAVE LIVES.

 
What is The Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act of 2013 - Amends the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to require: (1) states to use grants for safe and drug-free schools to collect and report information on the incidence of bullying and harassment, and (2) local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools to use subgrants to prevent and respond to incidents of bullying and harassment. Requires such LEAs or schools to: (1) notify parents and students annually of conduct prohibited in their school discipline policies, that now must include bullying and harassment; and (2) establish complaint procedures for students and parents to register complaints regarding such conduct. Includes bullying and harassment within the Act's definition of violence.

The original Anti-Bullying and Harassment Act was introduced to Congress in 2011 by US Rep. Danny Davis, D-Ill as House Bill 975. Although the bill would end bullying-both "live" and "cyber" it "died in committee" last spring because it was believed that "no one cared about it."
 
Representing all mothers of children who had been bullied, Lisa D. Welsh met Congressman Davis on Aug. 2, 2013 and told him of the great many who care about bully prevention. The Congressman said he would reconsider introducing the bill if there was more support.
Will you help us do that?
 
To learn more about the original H.R. 975  and read its concise language which will end bullying go to: 
Please share your story when you sign this petition at the "Add a reason" field.
 

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    1. Reached 1,000 signatures
    2. You can be a part of our 975 Saves Lives video!

      We are working on an amazing video that we hope will give our petition a GIANT PUSH, and we need your help!!! Please consider taking a few minutes to take a photo.

      All you need to do is take a picture of yourself or a group of people with our 975 Saves Lives sign or a sign you make that tells us something about you. For example, "RIP (and the person's name)" or, "I was bullied" or "People bully me at school" or "Bullying must END". These are just ideas. Use your voice in a picture. Pictures can be powerful messages!

      We created the petition from the cheerleading world, but it is for EVERYONE. I'd like to encourage you to show who you are by wearing your uniform from work or sports in the picture! Include family, friends.

      You can download the "975 Saves Lives" sign off our website (homepage http://www.cheerforacause.org). Please email your pic to me at weshare@cheerforacause.org. Send your photos in THIS WEEK TO INSURE THEY ARE IN THE VIDEO!

      Cheers, blessings & love,
      Julie Bolton

    3. Reached 250 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 9 months ago

      Hello!

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

      Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

      Here's why it's important:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.

      Thanks!

      A PITT

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    • Alyssa Belli WARREN, NJ
      • 11 months ago

      I am a future teacher and believe in this movement more than anything!

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    • Michelle Lucic MENTOR, OH
      • 11 months ago

      Bullying is the stupidest thing ever and it NEEDS to stop!

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    • Pattie Trebus CINCINNATI, OH
      • 11 months ago

      To stop bullying.

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    • ELIZABETH MATHIS DALLAS, TX
      • about 1 year ago

      My godson was bullied at school and by his biological father. The intemidation was too much for his 12 year old brain and he hung himself.

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