October is National Bullying Prevention Month
October 3, 2016 | Blue Shirt World Day of Bullying Prevention
Week of October 10th | Make a New Friend at School
Week of October 17th | Stand Up for Others
Week of October 24th | Share the Message and STOMP Out Bullying for good!
Find out more ways to celebrate online at www.StompOutBullying.org.
Each year in October, organizations and individuals speak out against bullying and the cultures and systems that allow it to thrive. As we build awareness and join together, this ongoing problem can be minimized tremendously year over year until it’s finally stopped altogether.
With juveniles, bullies are 30% more likely to carry a weapon to school or get injured in a fight compared with non-bullying classmates (pediatric and adolescent medicine – a report by fight crime, invest in kids). The youth who start as bullies are far more likely to fight, steal, vandalize, drink alcohol, smoke, and have poor grades throughout their school years. In fact, one study showed that 60% of male bullies in grades 6-9 had at least one criminal conviction by the age of 24, compared with 23% of males who did not bully (Fox, Elliot et al., 2003, Parents, Let’s Unit for Kids).
All fifty states have anti-bullying laws; however, bullying is still extremely prevalent and has a huge impact on juvenile court systems since many bullies end up as part of that system. If these youth are to be helped, there must be more systems in place to address root problems so they don’t resort to crime and violence. This not only changes the lives of the former bully, but it prevents bully victims from pain, suffering, and sometimes even death.
This is a topic we are extremely passionate about and hope that you will take some time this month to learn more, speak out, and help us STOMP Out Bullying forever.