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Rep. Shimkus to lead discussion of bullying and harassment prevention
April 8, 2005
SPRINGFIELD - U.S. Representative John Shimkus will lead a presentation on bullying and harassment prevention legislation currently under consideration in Congress from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday, April 25, in Brookens Auditorium, located in Brookens Library at the University of Illinois at Springfield. The event will be hosted by the Public Policy High School Initiatives program within UIS’ Center for State Policy and Leadership.
A roundtable discussion on bullying and harassment, moderated by UIS Associate Professor of Teacher Education Allan Cook, as well as a question-and-answer session including Congressman Shimkus, will follow. The program is free and open to the public.
H. R. 284, introduced in the 109th Congress by Shimkus and fellow Illinois Representative Danny Davis, would amend the Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act to specifically include bullying and harassment prevention programs and would require states, districts, and schools to prevent and appropriately respond to instances of bullying and harassment as part of school safety. The bill has been referred to the House Subcommittee on Education Reform.
Recent research indicates that bullying has reached epidemic proportions in American schools and communities. The National Education Association estimates that 160,000 children miss school every day because they are afraid of being attacked or intimidated by other students. According to the 2002 National Survey of Students Grades 5 - 12 conducted by the Families and Work Institute, 66 percent of youth report being teased once a month, and nearly one-third say they are bullied at least once a month. The National Crime Prevention Council suggests that nearly one child in six – or 3.2 million children – is the victim of bullying each year and 3.7 million children are themselves bullies. The U.S. Secret Service Report of May 2002 reported that harassment and bullying had been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.
For more information about the presentation at UIS, contact Peggy Dunn, director of the Public Policy High School Initiatives program, at 217/206-7399.
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