Bullying – repeated threats, intimidation, or assaults – that is intended to hurt someone because of race, gender, sexual orientation, or religion — is a civil rights issue.
Federal guidelines state that repeated bullying affects the learning goals of educational environments, and threatens a student’s right to attend classes in schools that are safe. If school officials fail to properly deal with bullying, they risk receiving a citation that could lead to a cut in their federal educational funding.
Phoenix Williams is a student who was bullied by two students on the bus and who videotaped them calling him the n-word.
Like many others who are bullied, he stayed home from school and did not return until he felt safe. Meanwhile, his family, classmates, school officials, and community members all got involved.