ADF Policy Would Protect All Children – Not Just Some – From Bullying
- By Alan Sears
- Posted May 24, 2011
- 6 Comments »
When 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