the critical need to address bias
and hate violence in schools,
we are working with many schools
throughout Bristol County to implemented
Bullying Prevention Programs to
educate youth about diversity,
and promote healthy attitudes
towards others. They have also
begun to implement zero-tolerance
policies to deal with children
who violate school safety rules
and regulations. These strategies
represent important first steps
toward breaking the cycle of school
violence and creating a safe school
to the National Education Association,
"Bullying and violence causes
160,000 fearful children to miss
one or more school days each month."
Bias-motivated bullying (including
malicious teasing, threats, physical
abuse, obscene gesturing and name-calling)
can have far reaching effects
on the victims of these acts.
Children who are victims of violence
of any kind are more likely to
experience mental health concerns,
which can lead to both physical
issues and/or negative social
behavior(s), such as headaches,
stomachaches, difficulty concentrating,
decline in school performance,
irritability, depression, isolation,
withdrawal and in some cases,
thoughts of suicide.
from all walks of life converge
in America's schools on a daily
basis with the expectation that
their differences will be respected,
and that school will provide an
environment that nurtures diversity
and protects against bias, prejudice,
harassment, threats and acts of
National Mental Health Association
offers the following suggestions
to guide your discussions with
children about school violence:
children to talk about their concerns
and to express their feelings.
honestly about your own feelings
regarding school violence.
the child's feelings.
children to take action regarding
the safety procedures that are
in place at your child's school.
safety plans with your child.
behavior that may indicate your
child is concerned about returning
the dialogue going.