Topic

bullying and cyberbullying

11 petitions

Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Department of Education, Dr.Jerry Thacker, Mike Seger

reACT to Bullying

In June my local school district was in receipt of lyrics from a student’s Sound Cloud account. The lyrics were threatening in nature and included disturbing hate speech and many direct threats. The lyrics included the words “nigger, spics, homo, and retard”. There were songs about rape, beastiality, killing, and seeking revenge. In December I learned that our child, as well as 4 other students, were named specifically in a degrading and threatening manner. There was a song about our son named Ben the Retard. The school never informed the parents our children were specifically named and the child who produced these lyrics still attends the school.   If you sign this petition you are recognizing that at the heart of bullying is the school districts reaction to it. If they ignore and downplay bullying it will continue to thrive and grow, causing a climate of fear and making our schools unsafe. By signing this petition you are also saying to your school district you think they need to not only acknowledge incidences of bullying but they need to also reACT in a swift matter to protect our children. This petition is asking those in school administration to address shortfalls and to find solutions to the ongoing bullying problem including giving parents the confidence that they will not tolerate hate speech in any way or form. Our schools must show us that they are reACTing to each and every direct and indirect threat made to our children.Bullying policies mean nothing if no one reACTS  to them. If you sign the petition you are acknowledging this is a problem and your school district needs to be held accountable for the day to day safety of our children.  Our schools should be safe for all students. They should be places where everyone feels safe and free from harm. 

Mary Kahl
1,111 supporters
Started 1 month ago

Petition to https://www.stopbullying.gov/

Bullying across the United States

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious, lasting problems. Bullying can affect everyone—those who are bullied, those who bully, and those who witness bullying. Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. It is important to talk to kids to determine whether bullying—or something else—is a concern. Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience: Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.Health complaintsDecreased academic achievement—GPA and standardized test scores—and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school. A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied.Media reports often link bullying with suicide. However, most youth who are bullied do not have thoughts of suicide or engage in suicidal behaviors. Although kids who are bullied are at risk of suicide, bullying alone is not the cause. Many issues contribute to suicide risk, including depression, problems at home, and trauma history. Additionally, specific groups have an increased risk of suicide, including American Indian and Alaskan Native, Asian American, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth. This risk can be increased further when these kids are not supported by parents, peers, and schools. Bullying can make an unsupportive situation worse.  

Alexis Reyes
45 supporters
Update posted 3 months ago

Petition to Dwight Evans, Frank Burns

Should we hold parents responsible for their Child bullying other children?

Hello Everyone, I am La'Cinda Trotter, let me Tell you my Story,  when I was a Teenager the other girls in school use to bully me for a reason that didn't make sense to me, My hair was Long, My last name, I was taller than everyone and because of my glasses and Complexion, Kids Don't realize how that impact you for the rest of your life,  Even when you try to put it behind you, something usually trigger it as an adult, My goal is to Stop the Bullies in their Tracks, So I started a Program in my City to Change Bullies into Supporters, thru the Arts, See I figures out that most children bully other children because of either their home life or maybe they are being picked on in their Neighborhood and That's why they bring it to school, But we as adults need to help them Realize that they are important also, Parents please start paying more attention to your child/Children before it’s too late, some kids that are being bullied kill themselves and sometimes they kill others, So I propose that the program be allowed to Tour schools and Young as Kindergartner on up,  If we can stop the bullying now maybe we can stop the Murders When they Become a Teenager! Short Story My daughter is 14 and Was being Bullied up until she graduated this year from Jr. High, They Teased her because she's overweight, Have bumps on her face, Really no reason at all, Kids would throw food at her and she would tell the teachers and nothing happened  except the Teachers would tell her to go have a seat, My girlfriend daughter is now homeschooled because she was bullied, Zakiyyah was bullied because she was Muslim, Quiet and smart, kids make up any kind of reasons so I think that the first offense A parent should be notified, 2nd offence, parent's and Child will have to go to therapy and Pay a Fine of $250 and in school Suspension which would go to a fund for the Youth,  3rd offense, it will be placed in the child's record as a Bully until they either reach the age of 18 , Homeschool and a $500. WE NEED TO TAKE THIS SERIOUS BECAUSE KIDS LIVES MATTER! #Alllivescount 

LaCinda Trotter
222 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to Cary Matsuoka, Jacqueline Reid, Wendy Sims-Moten, Laura Capps, Ismael Paredes Ulloa, Kate Parker

Santa Barbara Community Members Concerned About SBUSD Student Safety and Campus Culture

As a result of the recent online threats against female students, the inadequate response by school leaders, and the long-standing tolerance of behaviors that have accumulated to foster a misogynistic, racist, and bullying culture within the SBUSD and San Marcos High School in particular, we make these demands on behalf of the wellbeing of our community. We believe it is the job of the school to work together with parents, students, educators, and the community to effectively remedy societal problems that start in our schools, which is why believe all community members, not just parents with children in the SBUSD, should have a voice in this matter. We, the undersigned concerned parents, students, staff, and community members of the SBUSD demand each of the following actions, and also require that each is listed as an Action Item for the SBUSD Board meeting in March: 1. No armed School Resource Officer (SRO) on San Marcos High School Campus. We firmly stand against SROs in our school system and urge the Superintendent and Board of the Santa Barbara Unified School District (SBUSD) to do the same. The misplaced perception of added safety that some parents gain from the presence of an SRO would come at an established negative impact, with disproportionate impact on students of color and disabled students. A summary of evidence showing SROs to be a short-sighted, ineffective, and harmful approach to school safety is provided at the following link: https://tinyurl.com/SROdata 2. Any already existing SROs on school campuses in the SBUSD will receive in-depth, multi-day, recurring training in implicit bias. Any SRO on campus will also receive in-depth, multi-day, recurring training in nonviolent de-escalation and intervention strategies. Trainings in implicit bias, de-escalation, and intervention should begin before they are placed on campus and be maintained and updated in regular intervals throughout their assignment as an SRO. 3. Intervention programming will be provided to students, parents, and staff to target misogyny, bullying, and racism that has been reported by students as being a part of SBUSD campus culture. 4. A task force on mental health services will be formed to ensure the mental health services provided to students are effective in promoting wide-spread prevention of psychological crises and limit feelings of stigma for seeking help. 5. A course in Ethnic Studies will be included as a graduation requirement for all SBUSD high school students. Ethnic Studies includes gender studies, and the study of other marginalized groups. Research shows that these course increase empathy and understanding, and improve intergroup relations. 6. Superintendent Matsuoka will visit the campus and address the student body to explain the above actions being taken to improve the safety of students and target problems within the campus culture.

Showing Up for Racial Justice, Santa Barbara
605 supporters