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April 5, 2011 > American Federation of Teachers launches 'See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference'

American Federation of Teachers launches 'See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference'

Submitted By Cynthia Leonor Garza

The American Federation of Teachers (AFT) has launched its new national "See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference" campaign to combat bullying. As part of the campaign, the AFT created blue wristbands and posters featuring the campaign slogan, "See a Bully-Stop a Bully," which will be distributed widely in schools across the country.

"When students see their teachers or anyone wearing the blue wristband, it will serve as a signal to students that they are not alone, that school is a safe haven, and that they can turn to and depend on their educators to deal with bullying or harassment," said AFT President Randi Weingarten. "Schools should be places where students feel safe and can thrive without the fear of taunts or humiliation. It is time to stop excusing bullying as 'kids will be kids.'"

"See a Bully, Stop a Bully: Make a Difference" is aimed at raising awareness and providing resources and training to educators, students, parents and others. The AFT will be bolstering the educator training it has provided for years to combat bullying in schools, and will work with others to ensure that schools are safe environments for students and staff. AFT also will be partnering with GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) on a bilingual, youth-focused public service announcement campaign called "Amplify Yourself!" which will touch on various issues including bullying based on sexuality or gender identity.

"Bullying has become a constant reality for our children in this age of the Internet. We must do all we can to work together as parents, school officials, school staff, community leaders, nonprofit and private groups, and especially other students, to make it clear that we will not tolerate bullying and will do everything we can to prevent it," Weingarten said. For more information about the campaign or how to order the wristbands or posters, visit www.aft.org/bullying.

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