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 –– to create welcoming and safe schools for all children.

The majority of bullying in schools is bias-based bullying.

  • Over 75 percent of students who are harassed are targeted based upon race, gender, actual or perceived sexual orientation, national origin, religion or ability.
  • 74.1 percent of students who identify as LGBTQ reported being bullied in the last year.

Safe students are more successful students.

Research clearly shows that there is a connection between social and emotional well-being and improved academic achievement.  

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 stolen or deliberately damaged at school,
  • are up to 4 times as likely to have been threatened with a weapon at school.
  • are more likely to skip school and have lower grades,
  • are more likely to report attempting suicide.

Clear messages and policies reduce bullying and aggression.

Schools with messages and enumerated anti-bullying policies to address anti-LGBTQ and gender-based bullying are safer environments for students and families with significantly less bullying, aggression and victimization.