is a serious problem for young people that must be addressed, according to
members of Congressional Youth Cabinets in Connecticut and Missouri.
and college students who make up Congressman John Larson’s youth cabinet and
Missouri teens who comprise Congressman William Lacy Clay’s cabinet discussed
bullying and how to prevent it in a videoconference Saturday.
safe at their own school, how are they supposed to succeed?” said cabinet
member Matthew Wilson, a junior at Wethersfield High School in Wethersfield,
Conn. “One of the reasons why people bully people is because they don’t
understand the other person.”
programs discussed was the Youth Establishing Strength, a campaign against
viewed a short video about Challenge Day, a seven-hour program designed to
demonstrate to both students and teachers how much people have in common with
one another and how easy it can be to make friends.
participants shared their experiences and problems with each other. By the end,
students said, they knew and cared about every person there, while before they
had only cared about their friends.
associate professor of human development and family studies at St. Joseph
College in West Hartford, Conn., addressed the cabinets.
bullying and that a state certificate should be given to schools that include
anti-bullying programs in their curriculum.
“country based on equalities,” Nickoletti said,
but “tolerates inequalities.”
Matthew Wilson, a member
of the Connecticut
Cabinet, and Andrea
Kandel, executive director
of the National Conference
for Community and Justice.
He told the cabinet
that young children who do not follow simple commands are usually more
impulsive and therefore are proven to be more likely to become bullies or
executive director of the National Conference for Community and Justice in
Windsor, Conn., told the youth cabinets that she thinks that family members will
want to be involved in anti-bullying programs because the only way they can
help now is to complain to the school administration.
with bullying still have no experience with the type of online abuse faced by
teens today through social media such as Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Some of
the youth said teachers don’t always respond when they bullying.
and the faculty members are seeing the bullying but for whatever reasons they
are not reporting it because they think it is not one of their responsibilities
to do it,” Kandel said. “Even if they do, the school doesn’t do anything with
it because they don’t want to upset the wrong people but they are still
upsetting other people.”
teachers are mandatory reporters, obligated to report any bullying or abusive
behavior they see.
students who bully by giving them a detention or suspending them from school
for a day or two.
Congressional Youth Cabinet member from Newington, Conn., said it doesn’t work.
students doesn’t help,” said Grondin. “It’s is like a little break instead of doing something
about the issue.”