Nearly 3 million students are bullied each year and about 160,000 children miss schoolevery day out of fear of being bullied. Although, with the rise of cyberbullying, for some students just missing school isn’t an escape for the taunts of bullies – a leading reason suicide is the leading cause of death for children under 14.
On Monday, 27 Temecula Valley Unified School District schools will launch a district-wide anti-bullying campaign called, “Because Nice Matters."
The week of Sept. 24-28, each school will conduct a "Because Nice Matters" campaign that educates students about the harmful effects of bullying, and encourages them to make their campuses Bully-Free Zones.
The school year is in full swing now, and for some kids that unfortunately means the start to another year of being bullied.
As a new school year opens, the pressure for school administrators to provide a safe, harassment-free environment in school and to address cyberbullying threats that often occur off school property is greater than ever.
Educators no longer have only a moral responsibility to address bullying threats and "virtual assaults" against students, but a very clear legal duty.
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