ADF Policy Would Protect All Children – Not Just Some – From Bullying

BullyWhen most of us think of “bullying,” we picture a big kid pushing a little kid up against the lockers and demanding his milk money, or a group of mean girls on the playground mocking some sad little gal who’s not in their clique.

But cultural forces across the country are working to change that image, and convince Americans that really, the only youngsters and teens still taunted in the school hallways and public parks of our country are youngsters who practice homosexual behavior.  It’s all part of the national agenda by groups that promote this behavior, and who are determined to sexualize children and paint any opposition to their agenda as demented, brutal, cruel, and unfair.

This is why it was such a critical opportunity recently for the Alliance Defense Fund to respond to an open call by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights for input.  Our attorneys submitted a policy that may soon be recommended to school boards and other governing bodies across the country.  If such policies are to be enacted, the one drafted by ADF attorneys (unlike others) would protect all students from bullying, not just those whose politically-correct behavioral choices qualify them for support. Equally important: if approved, the ADF policy will be implemented by local school boards rather than imposed the federal government.

“When such policies are enacted, all students deserve to be protected from bullying, not just certain ones favored by certain political activist groups,” says ADF Legal Counsel Dale Schowengerdt.  “The constitutionally sound policy we are recommending 1) protects all students, 2) is designed for local school boards – where it can be effective – instead of involving the federal government, and 3) guards student rights protected by the First Amendment.”

ADF submitted its recommended policy to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in response to a recent request from the Commission for input on peer-to-peer violence and bullying in K-12 government-run schools. The commission is also seeking other public input by e-mail through May 27.

The ADF submission to the commission explains that “while we support stopping violence and bullying in schools, we do not believe that programs to accomplish this laudable end should be imposed by the federal government nor only advance the political interests of certain groups while ignoring the needs of most schoolchildren experiencing bullying.  All students deserve to be protected from bullying, which is why we composed a model anti-bullying policy that protects all students instead of just a select few.”

Please join me in praying that the policy ADF has submitted will be embraced and implemented by those school boards nationwide that adopt such policies and that it will help protect countless children from the physical and emotional harms of bullies.

Author: Alan Sears

 

 

  • Tammy

    Praying that this submission to the commission by the ADF will indeed be embraced.. All children should be protected instead of just a select few and the less the federal government is involved the better off everyone will be..

  • Shawn

    I love this policy idea! Despite what the current government thinks, it’s not just the homosexual kids who are being bullied. If you are holding true to your beliefs, then you are looked down on. We need policies like this to protect, as you said, “all” kids from bullying. Keep up the fine work! God bless!

  • Silenced

    I know a teenage boy who was sexually assaulted by a homosexual boy in high school. I mean grabbed, pinched, rude gestures (licking of lips, whistles, etc.) even after telling the offender to stop many times. This boy was too ashamed to go forth for quite a while but eventually he did and the school handled it quickly. Could you include language that would allow kids to come forward about this sort of thing without shame.

  • Janet Y Muldoon

    I am an RN, now retired, that has seen every kind of truama imposed by bullys against vulnerable children and adults. I fully support you for your work against bullying of all sorts, including within the family. It is unconsciencable and needs to be put to a stop. Bullying occurs in the workplace and can perpretated by bullys against people of all ages, in particular against peoples perceived as having less power and different. It is a crime against humanity to label any one at any time by anyone. All should have the unalienable right to be who the Creator intended him or she to be. No human being on this planet has the right to think they are God and that includes health care professionals including the clergy. People should avoid anyone who does not believe that God created all in His image to live as He asks that we live according to His plan.

  • Beth Bigham

    This is EXACTLY what I have been looking for. My daughter has been the victim of bullying by a co-cheerleader, enabled and empowered by the coach, who in turn is enabled and empowered by one AD and the school administration. My daughter is the VICTIM, yet she was the one dismissed from the squad–told repeatedly she had “done nothing wrong”–with no “due process” despite provision for the same in the school handbook (written/edited by the admin and approved by the school board). Too many “normal” kids–and people, in general–fall through the cracks of protection because they do not “qualify” under specific consideration such as gender discrimination/gender-orientation, special education, other disabilities, disadvantages, etc. Our laws are to protect ALL–not a select few. Too many people believe victims of bullying are in one way or another victims of themselves and incompetent or otherwise incapable of protecting themselves. Bullying does not always target those perceived as “the weak”–many highly capable and successful individuals have been so victimized. Most survive and move forward, but they do not forget the misery suffered as a result of their experience. Too often, victims do not know where to turn or what to do. It is past the time to acknowledge and enforce the laws and statutes we already have and to do so in an ethical and moral manner.

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    Commission on Civil Rights in response to a request for input on peer-to-peer violence and bullying in K-12 government-run schools.The commission is also seeking other public input by through May 27.The ADF submission to the commission explains that while we support stopping violence and bullying in schools we do not believe that programs to accomplish this laudable end should be imposed by the federal government nor only advance the political interests of certain groups while ignoring the needs of most schoolchildren experiencing bullying.All students deserve to be protected from bullying which is why we composed a model anti-bullying policy that protects all students instead of just a select few.