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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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So I have a secret, and it could ruin all of my best online relationships if revealed. I'm not going to say much about it, because it is, after all, a secret. But I'm pretending to be two people at once, so neither one is really truly myself- they both contain different aspects of me. I didn't think I'd grow close to anybody with my second persona, but then I did, and all this mess started. It's been going on for maybe three months now, that I've been pretending to be two people. I don't want to tell anyone, because it could ruin my friendships. But i don't want to keep it a secret anymore, either.
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Kawai_Potato posted in Friends:
I'm going to a new school this year for 7th grade. Its scary because the reviews online say that the kids do nasty things there, and I just want to be accepted for who I am. I want to be the one person that every one feels comfortable talking to..but the issue is, I am shy around people I do not know and it causes me to be an introvert when I can be such a social butterfly. All I need is that one friend and i'll feel on top of the world. How do I make friends and get them to accept me for who I am? The thing that most people talk about is LGBT and to be honest, I have no preference. I could date a boy or a girl. That would make it even harder to gain friends. Please help ;-; I am a potato. A shy potato :3
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
I hope you texted back if you felt that it would be the right thing to do for yourself. I did not have a good childhood due to my birthmother and father. But, in recent time, I have come to enjoy talking to my birthfather and completely cannot stand my birthmother or her new husband anymore. I plan to actually meet him for the first time in 16 years if I can join my fiancé's family vacation.  Point of the matter, do what you feel is right. If you want to talk to him; talk to him. If you don't, don't reply if you don't feel comfortable too. It is purely your choice who you allow in your life, even when it comes down to blood and family.
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drowning posted in Family Issues:
It isn't pathetic in the slightest to seek help. I don't think it is right for your mother and siblings to completely disown you over your choice of living arrangements. If they have pushed you away, remember that it is not your fault and it is purely theirs. You made a choice that you felt would benefit you, and judging from their behavior, it was a good choice. As for your father, I don't fight with my own very much, but when I do it tends to be pretty bad. My mother on the other hand, I fight with constantly so I understand where you're coming from. You shouldn't have to do anything. From the sound of it, it seems more like a personal issue going on with himself, especially a sense of shame or regret with his previous exes so he uses you as an outlet because you're the closest thing he has.  I say find an outlet, a healthy one. Sometimes it is best to let them ramble on until they wear themselves out, but remember that self-defense and "talking back" is not always a bad thing just because they are your guardian. It is important to take a stand for yourself. Be respectful, don't sink to their level.
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