Petition Closed
Petitioning Executive Assistant to the Executive Director and Liaison to the Board of Directors Shirley Simpson and 8 others
This petition will be 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

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


Letter 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
and 6 others
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
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,