September 28, 2012
Back-to-School Voices: Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez
I’m doing my best to transform schools to make sure they are respectful and inclusive of LGBT students. Bullying and harassment can destroy motivation and self-esteem, affect school attendance, academic performance, and physical and mental health.
To help transform schools to make sure they are safe for everyone, I re-introduced the “Safe Schools Improvement Act” to address the problem of school bullying.
This bill would require all schools across the country to implement an anti-bullying policy to protect students from bullying and harassment. This bill would protect students, whether they are being targeted based on their race, gender, real or perceived sexual orientation, or any other basis.
On top of this, the “Safe Schools Improvement Act” would make it possible for schools to better teach students about the consequences of bullying and harassment.
President Obama believes, as I do, that we have to make sure all students are safe and healthy. The President has expressed his strong support for my bill, and I’m working my hardest to make sure this bill makes it to his desk and he signs it into law.
The biggest tip I would give to LGBT students is to speak up if you’re being bullied. Bullying is not OK! Don’t suffer in silence. If you’re being bullied or picked on, it’s very important to tell someone. Tell a teacher. Tell a parent. If they don’t hear you the first time, tell them again.
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez’s It Get’s Better YouTube video:
Congresswoman Linda Sánchez represents California’s 39th Congressional District. She has been a national leader in advocating for anti-bullying legislation.
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