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No Name-Calling Week

Jan 23, 2012

It’s No Name-Calling Week (January 21-25, 2013)! What are you doing to participate in this important event?

The Message Is Respect

Thousands of schools across the country are participating in the annual No Name-Calling Week through educational activities designed to end name-calling and bullying of all kinds.

The impact of bullying is tragic, so No Name-Calling Week strives to focus on creating school environments where students learn to respect each other. This year's No Name-Calling Week is extra important, considering there have been several high-profile suicides by elementary and middle-school students in the past few years in which name-calling and bullying are believed to have played a role.

Carl’s Story

Sirdeaner Walker’s son, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was only 11 years old when he committed suicide after being bullied by his fellow classmates at school. Carl played football and basketball, and he was a Boy Scout, but that didn’t stop the other kids from picking on him, calling him gay and making fun of the way he dressed. Even after Carl told his mom what was happening, and she phoned the school to let the administration know what was going on, no one seemed to want to do anything to stop the bullying and the constant teasing.

After a year of constant torment, Carl was just about at the end of his rope. After a gang at school threatened to kill him and he got in an argument with a girl in the hallway, a school mediator got involved and told Carl and the girl that they needed to eat lunch together for the rest of the week in order to work out their differences. But it was too little, too late, and now nothing can bring Carl back.

How To Help

All through No Name-Calling Week, try and be aware of the level of respect shown among the students in your school. Make sure to be kind and compassionate to everyone you meet on a day to day basis. Treat others the same way you’d want them to treat you. You can also ask the staff at your school about hosting an assembly and hanging up posters to promote respect and encourage kids to do something when they hear name-calling or bullying happening around them.

Have Your Say

Has bullying affected you or your friends? How have you stood up to bullying? Leave a comment and let us know.

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moongemowl
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Okay, I've NEVER posted anything about my friends before, so bear with me. I've known that me and my BFF have the same crush since we met in 5th grade. But it always seems that my BFF is closer to him than I'll ever be. They went to 2 school dances together while I'm still in the friend zone with my crush. I pretend to not care but I really do care. I've never been in this situation before and don't know what to do about it. Should I tell my BFF how I feel or wait this whole thing out? Or even forget my crush being my crush and find a new crush? HELP!!!!!   :love :confused
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jordand08
Maybe that's the only line that needs to be said? You don't have to write down a whole paragraph explaining about how you feel. Sometimes, one word or one sentence can be enough. :p but I don't know. Maybe I have no clue what I'm talking about. :p
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jordand08
You'll have to remember, your parents love you, with that being said. If you feel like you can talk to them and they're reasonable, go ahead. But if you feel like waiting it's up to you. I think your family will support you, because they do love you. Maybe they'll be upset at first, but they'll come around, everyone does eventually. Is there anyone in your family that knows, like a cousin? Maybe you can ask for their opinion if you should tell your parents, and family. However, it's up to you. and remember, your parents care and love you.
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hugebear
hugebear posted in Family Issues:
You doesnt have to come out to your family until your ready and until they is ready too.  If you blurt it out it could be the shock.  You says that you think your Mums side of the family will be more supportive.  Has you got an Aunty or Uncle what you could discuss this with?  An adult member of your family what is most likely supportive  could probably give the best advises on how to tell your family and when and how and prepares you for how they will react. Good luck mate and takes your time :angel
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Mrawsomegamer
I think my mothers side of the family would be fine with it. It's my dad's side I'm most concerned about. My dad says some dreadfully terrible remarks about homosexual people. I think I'm not gunna tell him at all. Ever...  Either way. Thanks for the advice!
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