Help Stop Bullying: Pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act
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Our names are Danielle Green and Angie Stagge and we have come together because we share a very similar story: both of our daughters, Angel Green and Chelsea Lynn Little, were the victims of vicious bullying.
Chelsea endured bullying that turned violent and left her with permanent nerve damage after she was brutally beaten by a group of classmates. On March 5th, 2013, my beautiful daughter Angel Green took her own life after being repeatedly bullied by classmates both in person on school grounds and over the internet.
The pain of losing a child is indescribable -- Angel was the light of my life and I still can’t comprehend life without her. The only way I can move forward now is to dedicate myself to making sure that this never happens to another family.
Angie and I have worked diligently to get anti-bullying legislation passed in our home state of Indiana, and with the help of a Change.org petition recently succeeded in stopping legislation that would have dismantled Indiana’s anti-bullying laws.
But it is not enough to just protect students in one state, it is time that the federal government help protect our kids from bullying.
State bullying laws around the country are a mishmash of unenforced, incomplete, and toothless, and there is currently no federal legislation that deals with bullying or cyberbullying.
That is why we are asking all of you to join us in helping to protect kids around the country by telling Congress to pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act, which will empower schools around the country to handle instances of bullying and cyberbullying that have the potential to impact a child’s learning environment, and requires that all schools that receive federal funding put protocols in place to combat bullying.
Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among people aged 10-24 in the US. According to a recent survey by the CDC, 16% of high school students in the United States say that they have “seriously considered” committing suicide, and 50% of kids say they have been the victim of cyberbullying. A form of the Safe Schools Improvement Act has been introduced in every session of Congress since 2003, but no vote has ever been taken, and this law is still not on the books.
We cannot accept the continued inaction of our elected officials on this issue. It is time we take action to make sure schools can combat this horrible practice, and are required to do so by federal law. Schools should be safe places where our children learn and grow into the unique individuals they are meant to be, not the places that convince them their lives are not worth living.
4,400 teens nationwide take their lives every year due to the hateful words and cruel actions of others. Please sign our petition to keep our kids safe from bullying and cyberbullying in school and at home.
In her suicide note, Angel asked for us to get her justice, and I will never stop trying to fulfill her final wish. Losing one Angel was too many lost. No child should ever feel victimized by another to a point of suicide. Lets give these kids hope for a future. Please sign today. Thank you and God Bless.
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