Monday, December 17, 2012

Teach Anti-Bullying: What Role Does Bullying Play in School Violence?



Philadelphia, PA – December 17, 2012 – Teach Anti-Bullying, a non-profit organization that works to raise awareness and support, while encouraging the collaboration of all stakeholders – children, educators, parents, community leaders, law enforcement, and local, state and federal legislators – in the pro-active intervention against bullying as well as the prevention of bullying, is deeply concerned about the role bullying plays in school violence.

“I have discussed school violence and bullying all over the country,” said Claudio V. Cerullo, Ph.D., the president and founder of Teach Anti-Bullying.  “From 1966 to 2011’s most recent data, we have had 336 school shootings in the United States, and since 2005, over 100 of those are a result of the shooter being bullied in school.  While the investigation into what happened this past Friday continues, being proactive against bullying of any kind is the key to our children's safety, and developing awareness among school administrators, teachers and parents.”

Teach Anti-Bullying is a non-profit foundation launched in November 2011 by Cerullo out of growing concern for the issue of bullying both in the classroom and in the community. Serving children and families who have been, or are being affected by, bullying, Teach Anti-Bullying works to raise awareness and support, while encouraging the collaboration of all stakeholders – children, educators, parents, community leaders, law enforcement, and local, state and federal legislators – in the pro-active intervention against bullying as well as the prevention of bullying. 

According to recent research, more than 34 percent of U.S. students in classroom said they have been bullied during the course of the school term.  One out of four of those are in regular education, while three out of four of those students are children with special needs.  In addition, 60 percent of those students with disabilities are victimized.  A growing problem is Cyber Bullying, with 43 percent of teens aged 10 through 18 years old reporting at least one instance of Cyber Bullying, while 77 percent of teens reported that the Cyber Bully was someone that they knew (according to a U.S. Department of Justice 2011 report).

Dr. Cerullo brings over 20 years of professional experience in education to Teach Anti-Bullying.  He has been extremely active in addressing the great need for anti-bullying awareness, and prevention, nationwide, as a result of parents asking him to help students that are being impacted academically, socially and emotionally by this silent threat. 

Prior to founding Teach Anti-Bullying, Dr. Cerullo began his career in education with six years of teaching in Social Science Education.  His career has included positions as a school principal (kindergarten through eighth grade); Director of Early Childhood Education; Assistant Middle School Academic vice Principal; Assistant High School vice Principal and Director of Athletics; and Interim Secondary Charter School Principal.

Internationally recognized as an expert on the subject of Anti-Bullying, Dr. Cerullo has provided many workshops on issues regarding Classroom Management, Student Behavior Modification, Character Education, and School Violence Prevention programs K-12.  He is interviewed regularly by media outlets on the subject of Bullying and Anti-Bullying, and is a gifted public speaker on this topic of extreme interest to parents, educators and legislators.  He has written numerous articles and books on the subject, and has lectured at many local, state, and regional education forums and conferences.  Dr. Cerullo delivered the keynote address at the State of Louisiana’s first Anti-Bullying Conference in 2012. 

Additional information about Teach Anti-Bullying is available online at http://www.TeachAntiBullying.com.