Bullying of children and young adults is a serious problem across the nation.  Educators, parents, students and community members are becoming increasingly aware of this national problem.

School administrators work daily to provide a safe and secure environment for all students and staff. That is why AFSA is proud to join with The BULLY Project, a social action campaign and movement inspired by the film BULLY designed to put an end to bullying, and its 1 Million Kids initiative.

Every 7 minutes a child is bullied on school grounds; 85 percent of the time no one intervenes. The 1 Million Kids initiative provides young people access to the film BULLY in a communal environment as part of an immersive experience that includes pre- and post—screening discussion with a trained facilitator.  The goal is to help kids reframe their thinking on the culture of bullying and empower them to stand up for the more than thirteen million kids who are bullied each year.

In close collaboration with national and regional organizations, the campaign will harness the power of this remarkable film to highlight the need for expanding proven social learning programs, curriculum development and tangible measures to prevent bullying. Together, we can address the root causes of bullying and lay groundwork for social transformation.

Just last fall, AFSA’s partnership with The Bully Project helped enable 14,000 students from the Oakland Unified School District see the move Bully.

AFSA is also a member of the National Safe Schools Partnership (NSSP), an informal coalition of over 100 organizations consisting of leading national education, health, civil rights, youth development and other organizations committed to ensuring that America’s schools are safe for all children. To that end, members of NSSP have joined together to support policy recommendations based on concrete research and experience, and federal legislation that will comprehensively address the issues of bullying and harassment.

Most recently, the Safe Schools Improvement Act was reintroduced in the House (H.R. 1199 by Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-CA)) and in the Senate (S.403 by Robert Casey (D-PA)).

SSIA would require schools to have bullying prevention policies that protect every student in schools, including the most vulnerable. These are proven policies that help students, and help school leaders provide a safe and secure learning environment for all.

AFSA has endorsed this important legislation, and is working to urge members of Congress to support and cosponsor the bill.