Every seven minutes somewhere in America a child is bullied, and 160,000 students a day stay home from school because they fear being bullied. On Friday, May 4, students, teachers and school administrators across the nation will Stand 4 Change to send this simple but powerful message:
Bullying is not acceptable in our schools or in our communities.
Stand 4 Change is set for noon EDT, when the school community will stand for five minutes in classrooms, lunchrooms and other school facilities to show a shared commitment to end bullying in America’s schools. Says AFT President Randi Weingarten:
If all students, teachers and other educators stand—united against bullying—on May 4, we can spark a national conversation that will help put an end to bullying and its devastating consequences.
The nationwide event comes at a time when the new documentary film, "Bully," which tells the stories of five students tormented by bullies and reveals the too-often tragic consequences of such harassment, is receiving a great deal of public attention.
Last year, AFT launched its See a Bully, Stop a Bully campaign to spread the word to parents, teachers, administrators and students about the devastating effects of bullying.