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Anti-Bullying Resources

About This Resource
The 216th Annual Council in 2011 passed R-4a, which called for the bishop to appoint a ministry team to collect, assemble and offer resources to support parishes and individuals in their anti-bullying ministries. This resource is a result of that work. A hard copy of the resource binder is also available by contacting the diocesan Office of Christian Formation (800-DIOCESE x1031). Paper copies of the resources will also be provided to Church Schools and to each region of the Diocese.

Collected here is a sampling of curricula and information that we feel can be easily adapted to a variety of educational settings.  We recommend Teaching Tolerance, Lutherans Concerned and the Pacer Center as excellent comprehensive teaching resources on bullying and its effects, both immediate and long-term. In addition to these there is a wealth of good information available on-line at http://www.stopbullying.gov, and on both the US Department of Justice and Department of Education Web sites.

The film “Bullied” is a dramatization of the true story of Jamie Nabozny, who while in middle and high school was brutally bullied because he is gay. While every congregation may not be prepared to deal with issues of human sexuality, the film offers relevant information and depictions of how if left unchecked, bullying only escalates and is truly life-threatening to the victim. The accompanying curriculum is easily adaptable to parent/teen workshops or other educational settings in the church.

Teaching Tolerance has a number of other resources available as free downloads from its Web site, www.teachingtolerance.org.  All materials are grade-level specific and appropriate. Teaching Tolerance is a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center.

The Pacer Center, www.pacer.org, and Lutherans Concerned, www.lcna.org, curricula offer a step-by-step process for addressing bullying.  Each one encourages appropriate preparation for the teaching team and offers excellent activities and discussion points for moving through the facts of bullying.  

We hope these materials will assist you in raising awareness of bullying and its destructive consequences.  It is the call of our baptismal covenant to respect the dignity of every human being, so in preventing and intervening in bullying we are fulfilling our sacramental promise to God and to each other.  

Frank Baxter, Calvary, Front Royal
Malinda Colllier, St. Mark’s Richmond
Cameron Hunt, Holy Comforter, Richmond
The Anti-Bullying Ministry Team