May 4: Stand up against bullying
April 2012 -
Both of MEA-MFT’s national affiliates, NEA and AFT, have launched major campaigns against bullying in the past year. Here are some recent activities and resources you can use from these campaigns:
May 4: AFT’s Stand4Change Day
Friday, May 4, MEA-MFT members will join their fellow AFT members across the country to stand up to bullying on Stand4Change Day. As part of the AFT’s ongoing “See a Bully, Stop a Bully” campaign, students and teachers will join in the Stand 4 Change demonstration at schools throughout the United States. Watch the promo video.
At noon Eastern Daylight Time (10:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time) May 4, participants will stand for five minutes in their classrooms, lunchrooms and other school facilities to show their shared commitment to end bullying in America’s schools. Organizers of the protest want to send this simple but powerful message: Bullying is not acceptable in our schools or in our communities.
Teachers and administrators can register their classrooms and schools at the Stand4Change website: www.stand4change.org. Already, schools representing hundreds of thousands of students have registered—with more signing up every day.
“If all students, teachers and other educators stand—united against bullying—on May 4,” says AFT President Randi Weingarten, “we can spark a national conversation that will help put an end to bullying and its devastating consequences.”
This event takes place as the AFT and our affiliates have been urging members to see the new documentary film, "Bully," which tells the stories of five students tormented by bullies and reveals the too-often tragic consequences of such harassment. Many AFT affiliates are hosting screenings of the movie, inviting community leaders to watch the film and taking part in discussions of the issues it raises.
The AFT launched the "See a Bully, Stop a Bully" campaign to spread the word to parents, teachers, administrators and students about the devastating effects of bullying. Thousands of posters and more than 300,000 blue wristbands with the slogan "See a Bully—Stop a Bully" have been distributed. When students see a teacher or staff person, or another student wearing the wristband, they know they have a friend—someone they can reach out to for help or to talk to in confidence.
Ways you can take action:
- Work with leaders at your school to register your students, and go to www.stand4change.org to sign up.
- Check out the bullying prevention resources available through the AFT’s “See a Bully, Stop a Bully” campaign at www.aft.org/bullying.
- Find out when and where the “Bully” documentary is showing in your town by visiting thebullyproject.com. Consider hosting a screening at a local theater, or sponsoring tickets for kids to see the film.
NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me
The Bully Free: It Starts With Me campaign emphasizes that “one caring adult can make all the difference.” NEA’s Bully Free: It Starts With Me campaign asks you to fill out pledge form saying: “I agree to be identified as a caring adult who pledges to help bullied students. I will listen carefully to all students who seek my help and act on their behalf to put an immediate stop to the bullying. I will work with other caring adults to create a safe learning environment for all the students in my school.”
The NEA web site also has resources for learning to stop bullies and helping victims of bullies.