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A recent federal report found that over a quarter of American students from ages 12 to 18 were bullied during the school year. Also, about nine percent of students reported being called a hate-related word.

LGBTQ students—lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or questioning—have a much higher chance of being verbally harassed and are far more likely to face other forms of bullying than the average student.

In order to help prevent bullying of LGBTQ students, educators can use these six strategies to promote respect in their schools:

  • Support a comprehensive anti-bullying policy in your school
  • Establish and model an expectation of respect for all students
  • Respond effectively to anti-LGBTQ language
  • Support a GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance)
  • Designate your classroom as a safe place
  • Listen to students

Learn more about this strategy and other bullying prevention strategies by viewing additional segments in the “Bullying” folder in the Compliance Series in PD 360.

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