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ERIC Number: EJ912675
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jan
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1537-5749
The Politicization of Bullying
Rivero, Victor
District Administration, v47 n1 p54-56, 58-60 Jan 2011
In 2002, Jack Barnes was a school administrator in 11,000-student Sullivan County (Tennessee) Schools when a student brought a racial harassment case against the district. Though an out-of-court settlement was reached, the U.S. Justice Department came down hard with a federal court order forcing the district to pay out millions for third-party assessments, surveys, meetings and staff and student school-climate training across its 36 schools. Politicians have jumped on the anti-bullying bandwagon, proposing new state and federal laws mandating schools to have new bullying policies, staff and student training programs, and incident reporting mechanisms, according to Kenneth Trump, president of National School Safety and Security Services. "It's mainstream education groups versus conservative Christians," according to Daryl Presgraves, public relations manager for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN). "The National Safe Schools Partnership, which has endorsed the enumerated Safe Schools Improvement Act, is made up of a wide range of mainstream organizations." Gay rights advocates, who comprise an influential political constituency group, have increased pressure on President Obama to support federal legislation. The president responded with a video message on recent suicides involving gay youth, and the federal Education and Justice Departments have redefined bullying as a civil rights issue and have stepped up federal investigations of bullying complaints filed against local school districts nationwide, Trump says.
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Language: English
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