Preventing Bias-Based Bullying
If students don’t feel safe, they cannot learn. It takes a commitment from all school community members –– from administrators to teachers to cafeteria workers to families.
The majority of bullying in schools is bias-based bullying –– with over 75 percent of students targeted based upon race, gender, actual or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, religion or ability.
Students who are harassed for their race, religion, ability, perceived sexual orientation or gender, compared with students harassed for other reasons are –– twice as likely to have their belongings damaged or stolen at school and up to 4 times as likely to have been threatened with a weapon at school.
Clear messages and enumerated policies that address anti-LGBTQ and gender-based bullying build safer environments with significantly less bullying, aggression and victimization.