Our Position & Actions
NEA's Campaign Against Bullying
Bullied students that go it alone because they don’t know who to turn to are far more likely to fall behind in their studies, get sick and/or depressed, miss school, and drop out. And in the most tragic cases, the bullied student commits suicide. But research tells us that one caring adult can make all the difference in a bullied student’s life.
It is crucial that bullied students know which adults in their school or community they can go to in their time of distress—adults who will really listen to them and then act on their behalf.
NEA's Bully Free: It Starts With Me Campaign aims to identify caring adults in our schools and communities who are willing to stand out as someone pledged to help bullied students. These caring adults will agree to listen carefully to the bullied student who comes to them. They will also agree to take action to stop the bullying. NEA, in turn, promises to provide those caring adults with the resources they need to provide solace and support for the bullied student, ask the right questions, and take the appropriate actions needed to stop the bullying.
Bullying behavior is defined along with its effects on students' mental and physical wellbeing and, importantly, academic achievement. Bullying is a policy issue and requires national action. Five policy recommendations are offered.