Anti-Bullying Month

The Problem

- Bullying is the most common form of violence in schools(verbally and physically) - One incident of bullying every seven minutes; - It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school everyday due to the fear of attack or intimidation by other students - 2 out of 3 teens are verbally or physically harassed every year. - 58% of teens have had hurtful things said to them online and over 40% say it’s happened more than once As Bully Busters: We stand for treating people fairly, with respect for who they are; We stand for speaking up for those who are not treated with respect; We declare that we want to go to school and live in a community that treats everyone with respect; We declare that we can be counted on to remind other people when they are not treating others with respect and consideration for their individuality; and We promise to act against bullying whenever and wherever we see it

Plan of Action

Our first project will be for the Bully Busters to participate in National Anti-Bullying Month: October. The Bully Busters will create a newsletter that will be published throughout the community to raise awareness. This newsletter will hold information on all types of bullying, what we can do about it, what other schools/celebrities are doing about it, and several student-opinion articles. This year's newsletter was a great success. Other activities we will be doing in October include: making a "Stop Bullying" homecoming float, have a "Stop Bullying" week that will include theme days, a movie/game night, and an anti-bullying assembly hosted by the club members. During the assembly we will present skits, videos, facts and share personal stories to raise awareness. During Anti-Bullying Month, we will also be creating posters featuring catchy slogans and drawings that promote a bully-free school. Our all-year campaign will be based around the phrase "The end of bullying begins with me." We will also have tee shirts and wrist bands made to raise awareness.

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