Bullying, Harassment and Discrimination

2015-07-01 | , National Association of School Psychologists

NASP is committed to ensuring all students can attend a school that is free from bullying, harrassment, and discrimination.    Recent data indicates that 20% of students had experienced some form of bullying in the past year.  The situation is much worse for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender youth.  85% of LGBT youth report being verbally harassed, 40% reported being physically harassed, and 19% reported being physically assaulted at school because of their sexual orientation (Kosciw, Greytak, Diaz, & Bartkiewicz, 2010). Further, students with disabilities are significantly more likely to be victims of bullying when compared to their nondisabled peers. No student should feel they have to skip school to avoid being bullied or harassed.

Two pieces of legislation, the Student Nondscrimination Act and the Safe Schools Improvement Act seek to prohibit bullying and discrimination in our nation's schools for all students, including LGBT youth.  (See this CQ artilcle for more information) NASP is working with our national partners to have these two bills considered for inclusion in the Every Child Achieves Act.  Stay tuned for more information and specific ways in which you can advocate for effective anti-bullying policies.