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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Take peek at a variety of resources you can use during October—and throughout the year—to engage, educate and inspire others to join the movement.

Rumors, nasty comments, pushing, shoving, hitting.

They should have NO place in our schools.

It’s not just kids being kids. It’s not just something they will outgrow.

Bullying and harassment are serious issues with serious consequences.

Students who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, to think about and attempt suicide, and have behavior problems and difficulty learning.

Bullying contributes to poor school attendance, which is a barrier to improving student achievement for all. It affects efforts to close the achievement gap, a longstanding priority for the PTA.

Nationally, an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day because of bullying.

Prevention of bullying is a priority issue of the PTA because quite simply-- children need to attend school in a safe environment.

Last October, Governor Jerry Brown signed important legislation sponsored by PTA to protect students from bullying and harassment.

AB 1156, by Assemblymember Mike Eng, gives students, their families and their teachers effective tools to help better ensure school is a place where everyone is free to learn and teach without the threat of harm.

The bill requires training of school site personnel in the prevention of bullying, and it gives victims of bullying priority for transferring out of a school, if requested.

Training sessions on bullying prevention and intervention are now available through the California Department of Education for teachers, administrators, parents, students, certificated staff, risk management and community members.

These sessions provide knowledge about the dynamics of bullying, a greater understanding of a systematic approach to bullying, and increase skills in identifying and implementing strategies to address bullying. Find out more.

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Take peek at a variety of resources you can use during October — and throughout the year — to engage, educate and inspire others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live.  Remember, the end of bullying begins with you!

Carol Kocivar is the president of the California Parent Teacher Association.

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Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Theres a difference in using your own name (ie..Tom, Steve, Mike, etc) and someone else with the exact name using it too. You're both real & you're both entitled. I guess thats why people use creative names to send a message about who they are. (This also discourages stalkers showing up @ your house!) You never know who you're talking to.....which brings me to 'hijacking' someone elses posting name. I don't think anyone thought that about you. One can usually tell when a name has been hijacked by some jealous dweeb, because they write outrageous things to discredit the original name. They get shut down. Thats the difference.....}~)
Michael November 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Good point, Constant Comment. It's more likely to have to people with the name Michael on Patch then have to people with the name of Teller of Truth or like yours Constant Comment. I don't think anyone else is going to have those names unless they see you have it first and then they steal it.
The Teller of Truth November 11, 2012 at 05:38 AM
There is something to be said for learning some parts of life through experience. There just is so much that can not be translated or taught with a book. I believe that sarcasm might be one of those things, right?
bob meek November 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM
right indeed .butt just to make sure we havent ass umed anything .we should get to the bottom of this .it just so happens that my monkeys uncle is a rectum specialist .his passion is the feild of anusitis
mary June 25, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Ms. Kocivar: Do you really stand behind your words? If you do, then why have you allowed PTA parent bullies at my son's school to continue behaving as they have been? Why wasn't their charter revoked after they targeted and harassed a disabled child?

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