“A middle school student who is bullied daily doesn’t care about religious differences. He needs help,” said Warren Throckmorton, a psychology professor at Grove City College in Pennsylvania.
Throckmorton is the co-creator of the Golden Rule Pledge – an initiative that encourages respect and concern toward GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) persons without compromising beliefs – which has produced a new youth curriculum that tackles gay bashing and bullying.
Archives for October 2010
Today, the Golden Rule Pledge released a series of resources for church youth groups and religious education teachers to help leaders equip themselves and students to prevent bullying.
The resources are available here for free download.
National Bullying Prevention Month is October and various organizations support this initiative via awareness and shared vision for bullying prevention.
Recently, the Golden Rule Pledge was listed as a national partner on the organization’s website.
To do our part, I am asking church youth leaders to designate some time the week of October 20, 2010 (10.20.2010) to call on students to see bullying prevention as part of our witness. If anyone keeps the Golden Rule, it should be people of faith.
We have created a Facebook event page to mark the day which has been designated as a focus of awareness efforts. Please go and read more there and sign up. Click the link below:
The homepage for the National Center for Bullying Prevention is here.
Dan Gilgoff’s CNN Belief Blog published my article on anti-gay bias involved in recent bullying related suicides. I am allowed to print a little bit and then link to the rest. I hope you’ll read, recommend, and discuss it at both places…
This week marks the beginning of the 5th annual National Bullying Prevention Month. Tragically, this comes just at the time when the nation is mourning the recent suicides of three young teens, Billy Lucas, Asher Brown and Seth Walsh. Although each situation was a little different, a common denominator was that a central feature of the harassment the boys experienced was anti-gay name-calling.
Sadly, these boys join a string of other suicide victims who’d been subjected to anti-gay bias.
These tragedies have heightened the attention of the public on an already contentious debate about how to prevent anti-gay harassment. While everyone agrees that such bullying is harmful and must be addressed, not all agree about the means to that end.
My view is that evangelicals need to put ideological worries aside and become part of the solution.
I go on to describe how churches and schools in Grove City are working together to combat bullying and recommend that adults put the culture war aside for the good of children.