NCJW Calls for End to Bullying in Schools
November 4, 2011, Washington, DC – The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) board of directors has called for local and federal policy to combat bullying of our nation’s young people. NCJW released the following statement:
“NCJW believes that every child deserves to learn in a safe environment free from harassment, threats, discrimination, and bullying. Action to ensure such an environment must be taken at the local, state, and national levels. Schools must adopt, disseminate, and enforce clear policies that ban bullying to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students.
“Bullying has become a widespread and serious problem across the country, causing serious, lasting, and in some cases devastating harm to young people. Bullying that employs technology such as computers and cell phones is on the rise, and parents, schools, and communities are largely unprepared to handle its consequences. The scourge of all types of bullying is disproportionately and uniquely severe for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning young people, particularly in our nation’s schools.
“Students who fall under a range of protected classes are currently covered by federal laws. Yet in 2011, no federal statute explicitly protects students on the basis of actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. NCJW urges Congress to pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act and the Student Non-Discrimination Act, which aim to give schools and students the tools they need to eliminate bullying.
“Ending bullying is a moral issue — an issue that impacts not only children but their families as well. Sexual orientation and gender identity are immutable characteristics; they should not condemn our children to unchecked persecution by their peers.”
The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) is a grassroots organization of volunteers and advocates who turn progressive ideals into action. Inspired by Jewish values, NCJW strives for social justice by improving the quality of life for women, children, and families and by safeguarding individual rights and freedoms.
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