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October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October is National Bullying Prevention Month when schools, organizations and communities come together to raise awareness and show support for those who have been bullied. NCIL is partnering with PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in support of this campaign, which was launched by PACER in 2006 and it has become an international movement supported by schools, organizations, students, corporations and celebrities.

“Bullying is a serious issue that impacts students and families across the country,” said Kelly Buckland, NCIL. “Every child deserves to feel safe at school, in the community, and online and we believe it is important to help spread the bullying prevention message.”

One in three American children will be bullied this year, more than 13 million students in all. Research shows that children who are bullied are more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorders, and the lasting effects can be heartbreaking. “October is a time when educators, students, parents and community members can unite to share an important message – that bullying is not acceptable behavior in their school and community,” said Julie Hertzog, executive director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center.

Students and organizations are planning events and activities across the country including celebrations of Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 22. A simple way for individuals and organizations to support Unity Day is by wearing orange and using social media to spread the word. PACER has additional ideas to mark Unity Day and offers helpful resources for students, families and educators at PACER.org/bullying.

“Everyone can play a role in bullying intervention and prevention,” said Buckland “We are doing our part and we hope that others will join us in support of National Bullying Prevention Month.”

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