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Press Release

July 20, 2015
Contact: Bailey Lindgren ([email protected])
952-838-9000, National toll-free (888) 248-0822

Schools, students and families can take action now and during PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Month

Minneapolis: Back to school is an exciting time for many children and teens, but for the 13 million American students who are bullied each year, the beginning of the school year can also be a time of stress and anxiety. Students, educators, and families can take action now in preparation for the school year and for PACER’S National Bullying Prevention Month in October. The month, which was launched by PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in 2006, helps schools and communities nationwide raise awareness and take action to prevent bullying.

“Bullying can lead to school avoidance, decreased self-esteem, depression, and even self-harm,” said Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center in Minneapolis, Minn. “It’s important for schools to be proactive in preventing bullying, and National Bullying Prevention Month in October is well-timed to spread the message that every student deserves to feel safe at school, in the community and online, and there are people who care.”

Actions to Take Now

PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center offers innovative resources that students, parents, and teachers can use all year long to prevent bullying, including:

Actions to take in October

During National Bullying Prevention Month, schools and communities can plan events and activities to unite, educate, and raise awareness about bullying prevention.

“When schools take measures at the beginning of the year to prevent bullying, all students are positioned for success,” said Paula Goldberg, PACER’s executive director. “Together, we can create kinder, more accepting, and inclusive communities.”

About PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center: Founded in 2006, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center actively leads social change, so that bullying is no longer considered an accepted childhood rite of passage. PACER provides innovative resources for students, parents, educators, and others, and recognizes bullying as a serious community issue that impacts education, physical and emotional health, and the safety and well-being of students. PACER offers tools to address bullying in schools, the community, and online. For more information, visit or call (952) 838-9000 or (888) 248-0822 (national toll free).