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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EndlessDream posted in Friends:
Hmmm....Then she mustn't be necessarily "using" you, if she is not getting something in return ( As far as we know of). However, It does sound like she is being extremely unfair. That just might be how she is. Not exactly loyal to anyone. Well, try to talk to her about it and tell her how you feel. And, if it doesn't work out, then she might not be a great friend to hang around with, and maybe you will find someone else who enjoys your company. I hope this helps, and good luck :)
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No not really. Like I said, one minute she's all smiley and then she doesn't even look at me. Most of the time I see her with Daniela and Andrea. Today she was asking me if I was going to hang out with her, Daniela, Andrea and Luisa during recess. When I told her that I was 'going to have to think' she was like, "Whatever." and ran off to catch up with the Threesome. Thanks. :)
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Is she asking you to do things for her? Like help with homework, carry her books and so on?
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This is gonna be long:   I have this 'friend' Amelia. She and I bonded really fast last year and we've become inseparable.   But lately she's blowing me off and my other best friend Belen told me: Amelia is actually using you. She does this to new kids at school, especially from foreign countries. She thinks because you're Chinese and the Chinese teacher's daughter, you'll help her. She's also using you as a backup friend - a substitute. There's this new girl Daniela, who Amelia thinks is her new best friend. She thinks that when Daniela stop hanging out with her, she'll have you.   The thing is, Daniela is pretty nice and she probably doesn't know all the trouble she's causing. Belen's old 'best friend' Andrea is doing the same to her.   I also learned that Amelia is seemingly the 'most popular girl in school' because she's mean to everyone. She always passes by the little kids' classrooms and hugs them & stuff. They seem to love her, but now I know it's because they think if they're nice they won't get bullied.   Maybe she WAS using me but I dunno. Belen says that each kid in the entire school has a bad story about Amelia and something she did to them. I said, "Then how was she so nice to me last year?" Then Belen was all like, "She was using you."   I don't know if she's telling the truth. She and Amelia are deadly enemies and she might be making up the whole Amelia story just to get back at her. Although Amelia has been dropping a few signs that she IS using me as a substitute friend.   Sometimes when I walk in, she'll be like "OOOOHHH! CASSANDRA! HI! HOW ARE YOU! C'MON, LOOK AT THIS! WE'RE GONNA HAVE SOOOO MUCH FUN TOGETHER ..."   And other times I'm like, "Hey, Amelia!" and she says, "Oh. Huh? Yeah, hi ..."  Once during PE we had to sit down and on the way to the gym, she was chatting with me in a BBBBFFFF way. But then when we had to partner up she said with Andrea, Daniela and someone else who I forgot.   I don't know what to do. It's just so weird. Even though now I know she MIGHT be using me (I'm not sure if she really is) it just seems WEIRD. Even for a supposed ##### she was my possibly fake best friend for the whole of last year. It's WEIRD to suddenly switch.   I don't even know if this should be happening. We've only just started 5th grade. Doesn't this WEIRD #### start happening around middle school? Thank you, everyone who will help in advance. P.S. Please include flirting advice. - A Girl Who Might Just Lose Her Possibly Fake Best Friend
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