North Jersey Pride, Jefferson Elementary School Host Anti-Bullying Day

North Jersey Pride and Jefferson Elementary School are conducting a series of three age-appropriate anti-bullying seminars.

Bullying can be a delicate subject to discuss with a child, which is why North Jersey Pride is teaming up with Jefferson Elementary School to make the process easier.

North Jersey Pride is conducting a series of age-appropriate, anti-bullying lectures on Wednesday at the school in which students learn about hateful and healing language, the harms of name-calling, how to deal with bullying and who to turn to if bullying happens to them.

High school students will moderate each of the three seminars, which will conclude with a flag-raising ceremony in which students pledge to stand up to bullying.

“We are very excited to partner with Jefferson Elementary School on this program. It’s a wonderful opportunity to educate our young people about the importance of language and standing up for others,”said C.J. Prince, Executive Director of North Jersey Pride. “The earlier our kids learn kindness, compassion and respect, the better.”

Seminars take place as follows on Wednesday:
  • 3rd Grade Seminar - 8:30 to 9 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Seminar - 9:15 to 9:45 a.m.
  • 5th Grade Seminar - 10 to 10:30 a.m.
  • Flag raising-ceremony - 2:15 to 2:30 p.m.
A survey by the Human Rights Campaign found that youth identifying as LGBT are twice as likely to be physically assaulted at school, and that 92 percent of LGBT youth have said that they heard negative messages about the community through school, the Internet, peers, etc.
Alex C June 03, 2014 at 01:58 PM
At various points throughout my childhood I was the bully and I was bullied, and I'm better for it. I understand it's a little different now because social media allows the bullying to follow kids home, but Earth to parents, don't let you're children on social media. No reason a 10 year old should have a Facebook or Twitter. Something kids, especially as they turn into teens and young adults need to understand is, you're going to be bullied for your entire life. The real world, is not always a friendly place. You're going to have a boss on a power trip, a colleague that feels threatened by the competition you bring, so he constantly tries to one up you and destabilize your confidence. You may have pain in the rear neighbor. I think we do a massive disservice to children by coddling them, and leaving them ill prepared for the harsh reality that as they go through life, at every stage they are going to encounter people that don't like them, and let them know it. We should be teaching them that hey, it's okay if some people don't like them. You don't have to forgive them, you don't have to be their friend, and you don't have to confront them with, "healing language." You can tell them to f' off, and go about your own life. But raising a generation of participation trophy winners is just messing kids up.
Gregory Burrus June 04, 2014 at 08:07 AM
I agree somewhere along the way, we need to realize the world is very real and people will be people. The course definitely needs to have a real world focus that some people will never like you and that's ok to.


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