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Petition to Chris Reykdal, Seattle Public Schools

Approve District Choice Transfer for Nasir Andrews

Nasir Andrews, a 5th grader in the Bellevue School District, has endured more than what should be considered as persistent and pervasive bullying. Since sharing her bully story viral video and changing schools, the bullying continues. In November, Nasir shared that a district staff at her school, Cherry Crest Elementary, accused her of stealing an ice cream, stopped her and searched her jacket. Nasir did not have an ice cream in her possession at all, leaving Nasir to feel publicly humiliated in front of her peers. As a minority student of color, reinforcing a stereotype of criminalization and poverty can be perceived as an act of discrimination and harassment. THE FAMILY WANTS OUT! Nasir's parents spoke to the Manager of Admissions in their choice Seattle Public School District and was told that their request would be denied due to it not being a hardship. Currently, the two hardships that warrant a district transfer are: homelessness and domestic violence We believe school districts should recognize BULLYING as a hardship! Pervasive bullying can lead to depression, anxiety, and suicide. These are hardships for students and families. Parents often feel powerless and hopeless that their child is trapped in a toxic school environment. The State of Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction will have to approve the appeal of the denial. Please sign this petition in support of Nasir Andrews and other students who may need to transfer school districts before it's too late!  

Backdown Bully
15,079 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

Petition to U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Protect Our Kids from Sexual Violence: Pass the Teach Safe Relationships Act

*Updated July 28th, 2015 Last fall, we organized the group Yes All Daughters and led a protest after multiple teenage girls in our hometown of Norman, OK were raped by the same classmate and then bullied out of their school. The administration was ill-equipped to handle these cases, and their peers blamed and shamed them. The perpetrator was arrested following our protest and pled no contest to two counts of first degree rape on Monday, May 18, 2015. According to the Department of Justice, nearly 300,000 Americans are victims of rape and sexual assault each year.  Young women between the ages of 16 and 24 experience the highest rate of intimate partner violence. WE CAN DO BETTER. As a direct result of our effort, the state legislature introduced a bill addressing Sexual Assault Prevention Education in Oklahoma. Last week, our governor signed the legislation into law. THIS IS ONLY THE BEGINNING. The Teach Safe Relationships Act of 2015 requires schools across the nation to create curriculum that teaches kids about healthy relationships, how to spot abusive behavior, and promotes understanding of consent and sexual assault. It will teach teens where to turn for help, and ensures that help will be there when they do. It is imperative Congress passes this important legislation. We demand Congress provide funding for this legislation, including funding to coordinate this crucial initiative’s program development with state-level resources. The Bill has been added as a provision to the Every Child Achieves Act. We ask that you contact your legislators immediately to demand they support Title IV; Section D of the Every Child Achieves Act and that this language remains intact as the bill moves through Congress.   THIS CANNOT WAIT. Girls ages 16-19 are four times more likely than the general population to be victims of rape, attempted rape, or sexual assault.  Educating teens about issues of consent and healthy relationships is essential to reversing these horrifying statistics. EDUCATION IS PREVENTION Sign Our Petition. Stand with us against Sexual Violence.  No more Silence. No more Shame.

Stacey Wright
97,774 supporters