It’s nearly twenty years since Columbine and here we are again, trying to make sense of another brutal school shooting, this time at Stoneman Douglas High School at Florida. In the last four years, beginning with the killing of 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there have been 239 school shootings nationwide.
According to a survey released by the Rhode Island (RI) Department of Education in 2017, 25% of all RI students (3rd grade and older) reported being bullied on school grounds. Among the elementary school respondents, close to one in three reported they’d been bullied within the last year. Rhode Island schools are keen to adopt a solution that can bring the bullying epidemic to an end.
Kenesta Mack worked as a Special Education teacher at Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion High School. At one time it was one of the country's most dangerous schools. She is now a No Bully trainer.
Neil Giacobbi is associate vice president for Citizenship and Sustainability at AT&T. This year he produced a film for parents with real stories told by teenagers about their own experiences with cyberbullying.
This January we launched an anti-bullying initiative in Pueblo, Colorado under a grant from the Colorado Department of Education. Pueblo has struggled to survive in the face of enormous job losses, resulting in 90% of its students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. The town is plagued by high levels of violence, with double the murder rate of Brooklyn, New York. Before we began, I asked one of our partners in the Pueblo City Schools District what she wanted to accomplish during this first wave. She replied without hesitation. 'We need to give people hope.
No Bully is launching a broadly based campaign to combat bullying worldwide, with a particular focus on online bullying.
Bullying and cyberbullying have become a global health priority, impacting one-third of adolescents worldwide. The problems that they present are so big and so tangled in systemic complexities that they cannot be solved by any single organization.
Netflix's 13 Reasons Why has attracted enormous attention due its controversial portrayal of a teenage suicide. It depicts an adolescent struggling with a maelstrom of stresses that include rape, drugs and cyberbullying, traveling a seemingly inevitable path to planning and executing her own death.