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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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Bullied students that go it alone because they don't know who to turn to are far more likely to fall behind in their studies, get sick and/or depressed, miss school, and drop out. And in the most tragic cases, the bullied student commits suicide, or "bullycide," as it has come to be known. But research tells us that one caring adult can make all the difference in a bullied student’s life.

It is crucial that bullied students know which adults in their school or community they can go to in their time of distress—adults who will really listen to them and then act on their behalf.

NEA's Bully Free: It Starts With Me Campaign aims to identify caring adults in our schools and communities who are willing to stand out as someone pledged to help bullied students. These caring adults will agree to listen carefully to the bullied student who comes to them. They will also agree to take action to stop the bullying. NEA, in turn, promises to provide those caring adults with the resources they need to provide solace and support for the bullied student, ask the right questions, and take the appropriate actions needed to stop the bullying.

The primary purpose of this initiative is to connect the bullied student with a caring adult—one on one. But it is our profoundest hope that the caring adults who have volunteered for NEA's Bully Free: It Starts With Me will also become part of a larger effort to bully-proof our schools.

NSEA has produced brochures on workplace bullying and cyber bullying. To download visit  For more information on how to help prevent bullying in your school and/or worksite go to


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