Bullying and discrimination are nothing new to schools, but we are horrified by the significant increase in incidents since the general election. In K-12 schools and colleges across the country, students and teachers are reporting numerous incidents of students being harassed and intimidated because of their race, religion, nation of origin, gender, sexual orientation, and more. We strongly believe that diversity should be cherished and fostered in schools and that schools are often a safe haven for students, which is why these incidents are so disturbing.
Discrimination and bullying of any kind should not be tolerated - by anyone, ever. We urge everyone, from you all the way up to our elected officials, to denounce this intolerable behavior and work to ensure schools are a safe place where diversity is cultivated.
If your child or anyone you know is experiencing bullying, discrimination, or other hateful acts, here are some resources on how to respond and react:
- What parents should know about bullying
- Spanish resources for parents
- Protect your children from bullying & support safe schools
- Tools for parents on bullying
- What to do when your child is being bullied at school
- Department of Education - Know your rights
- How to file an education discrimination complaint
- Resources to fight harassment at school