Linda Sánchez, GLSEN Push Anti-Bullying Legislation (April 10, 2014)
Washington, DC- This morning, Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38) joined the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) and students from across the country to push for passage of her Safe Schools Improvement Act. The legislation would require school districts to adopt codes of conduct specifically prohibiting bullying and harassment on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and religion.
“As a mother, the national bullying statistics break my heart. As a legislator, I know there is more we can do to protect our children from this type of harassment at schools,” said Rep. Sánchez. “We need legislation like the Safe Schools Improvement Act to ensure all our children have a safe learning environment where they can learn without the threat of harassment.”
Today’s press conference is a lead up to GLSEN’s National Day of Silence, which seeks to raise awareness about the bullying and harassment of LGBT students.
“As we prepare to observe the National Day of Silence, I am proud to lend my voice to raise awareness about the prevalence of bullying in our schools. Every day students are bullied into silence and are too afraid to speak up. Let’s help break this silence and put an end to school bullying. I urge my colleagues to join me in pushing this bill through the House to give students the promise of safer schools.”
In March, Congresswoman Sánchez re-introduced The Safe Schools Improvement Act (H.R. 1199) to provide schools with the resources they need to prevent school bullying and reduce the rising drop-out rate. The Safe Schools Improvement Act has garnered support more than 100 organizations, including the National PTA; the American Federation of Teachers; the American Library Association; Big Brothers Big Sisters of America; the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network ; the Human Rights Campaign; the National Council of La Raza; and the Anti-Defamation League.
Since coming to Congress, Congresswoman Sánchez has been recognized as a leader in working to make schools safe for all students. H.R. 1199 currently has 192 co-sponsors, the highest number of co-sponsors since it was first introduced in the 111th Congress.