No Place For Hate

Wow! What a week! Chicago, you were INCREDIBLE!!

We would like to thank Elk Grove High School, Prospect High School, Kenwood Academy High School, Hyde Park Academy High School, and Farragut Career Academy High School for being such great hosts, and for allowing us to come visit your schools!

This past week, we were able to speak to thousands of students about a very important issue, BULLYING. Bullying is one of the biggest issues in high schools all over the nation. There are many different types of bullying, including physical, verbal, sexual, prejudicial, and one that has grown rapidly over the past few years, cyber bullying. Bullying can come in the form of hitting, teasing, racial slurs, threats, spreading rumors or insulting. But regardless of the form, bullying is extremely damaging for everyone involved. Check out these statistics:

  • 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
  • 28% of students 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school.
  • 1 out of 10 students who drop out of school do so because of repeated bullying.
  • 24% of students ages 12 to 18 reported being cyber bullied during their lifetimes
  • 15% of social media-using teens have been the target of online meanness.
  • 1 in 10 teens reported that they have cyber bullied someone online or by text message.

Because we are aware of this growing issue of bullying, and want to do something to make a difference, we brought on a new cause partner for this 2015 ASA Spring High School Tour: the Anti-Defamation League.

ADL – The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all. Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all (ADL.org). ADL’s “No Place for Hate® initiative provides schools and communities with an organizing framework for combating bias, bullying and hatred, leading to long-term solutions for creating and maintaining a positive climate.

If you would like to learn more about ADL and about how you can make a difference in your school, visit http://www.adl.org/education-outreach/no-place-for-hate/ and “like” them on Facebook at “ADL – Anti-Defamation League.”

In the meantime, here are some tips on how YOU can help stop bullying:

  1. Support victims no matter if you know them or not.
  2. Don’t participate.
  3. Tell aggressors to stop.
  4. Inform a trusted adult.
  5. Get to know people, instead of judging them.

Love yourself and know you have the ability to put an end to bullying.