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End The Abuse. Schools Need Federal Anti-Bullying Laws.

About the Petition

Bullying policies in schools across America must be reformed. Over two-thirds of students believe that bullying policies are severely inadequate, and teachers only intervene four percent of the time. Students facing abuse based on sexual orientation or gender identity aren’t even protected by basic state laws.

The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) — bipartisan legislation in committee at Congress — fights bullying on a federal level. By developing comprehensive anti-bullying policies, teachers will be more proactive in stopping harassment before it starts. Schools will regularly report incidents back to state departments to evolve how teachers and students handle the issue.

All students should feel secure at school. Stand with GLSEN and urge Congress to pass SSIA.

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To: U.S. House of Represenatives, U.S. Senate

Over 3.2 million students suffer from bullying every year. We need to take action on a national level to address their victimization.

No federal regulations address bullying — it’s left up to states to enact (or not enact) laws to protect their students. Youth often face abuse, particularly based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and many teachers don’t even intervene.

The Safe Schools Improvement Act (SSIA) is bipartisan legislation that tackles the bullying epidemic. SSIA mandates comprehensive anti-bullying and anti-harassment policies, including expanded responsibility for teachers in handling and reporting incidents.

I support the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network and ask you to pass the SSIA so our children can feel safe being themselves.

Sincerely,

[Your name here]

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    Virginia Boyer
    Sharpsburg, MD
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    Monica Najera
    Anaheim, CA
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    Canada
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    Memphis, TN
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    United Kingdom
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    Winchester, MA
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    Norway
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    Estancia, NM
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    United Kingdom
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    United Kingdom
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    Grand Rapids, MI
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    Kerry Sommer
    Portland, OR
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    Theresa Stone
    Palm Springs, CA
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    Ann Breeden
    Sullivan, ME
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