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Support: Teach Anti-Bullying

Posted April 4, 2013

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We all know bullying is a problem. This local organization is showing all of us — from parents to teachers to students — how we can each make an effort to solve it.

By Alissa Boyle

Bullying is not at all uncommon.

Unfortunately often we hear about incidents only when it’€™s too late. Perhaps something big happens in our neighborhood schools or in our community or in a town far away and suddenly, bullying comes to the forefront of everybody’€™s minds again.

For kids who are bullied, though, and their families, it’€™s not something that disappears. This is their life ‘€“ every single day.

That’€™s what Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo and his team are working on tirelessly to change.

In November 2011, after being approached by concerned parents, Cerullo took $10,000 from his own pocket and his extensive experience with bullying prevention and anti-violence intervention and founded Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc. or TAB. He has worked to raise awareness and support families impacted by bully-related issues in their school or community ever since.

Representatives from Teach Anti-Bullying have visited schools and community organizations to speak on bullying. They have also addressed bullying in the workplace and provide anti-bullying training for employees. The group provides online support for children and their families. TAB representatives have even served as expert witnesses in anti-bullying cases and worked with families who need advocates in school IEP meetings.

Daniela Redpath, vice president of Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc., has also been at the forefront of this important work. In the first year of the organization’€™s existence ‘€“ the first year alone ‘€“ the group booked more than two dozen presentations to more than 1,000 parents, more than 1,000 educators and professionals, and more than 2,000 students in the greater Philadelphia region.

But their work is far from over, according to Redpath, who sees the effects of bullying firsthand as a parent of a child on the autism spectrum who has experienced bullying at school.

Children with special needs are at much higher risk for bullying than non-special needs students, says Redpath. Specifically, 62 percent of students with hidden disabilities are victimized, as opposed to 27 percent of students without those hidden disabilities, according to a 2011 CDC study. Hidden disabilities can include Aspergers, ADHD, and learning disabilities, among others.

What can you do in your own home to be aware of and to help prevent bullying? Be engaged and proactive, says Redpath. ‘€œSit down with your child at night,’€ she says. ‘€œAsk who they played with at recess and what they played. Ask all the questions, not just ‘€˜how was your day.’ Make a conversation with your child.’€

There are four types of warning signs for bullying that parents can watch for in their own kids, including physical, emotional, academic, and behavioral. Physical signs include missing possessions or unexplained injuries, while emotional signs include aggression or depression. Academic signs can be a drop in grades and behavioral signs can include withdrawal or changing routine habits (i.e. your child suddenly wanting to rides to and from school, if he or she previously walked).

The group is currently working closely with Rep. Dan Truitt of West Chester on the PASS (Pennsylvania Safe Schools) Act. Dr. Cerullo spoke on the House floor in support of the Act. If the bill passes, it would ‘€œrequire clearer definitions, follow-up requirements and an online system for recording, tracking and reporting incidents of bullying in PA schools,’€ according to Truitt’€™s website. ‘€œEvery school has to have a policy [on anti-bullying], but it’€™s not always enforced,’€ Redpath says.

The bill would also mandate that all teachers complete anti-bullying training every five years.

‘€œThis is a collaborative effort,’€ says Redpath. ‘€œIf we don’€™t have everyone on board ‘€“ teachers, parents, law enforcement, the community ‘€“ then we’€™re fighting a battle that’€™s not going to be won.’€

How to get involved:

If you’€™d like to get involved with Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc., you can donate online or via mail (P.O. Box 1716, Havertown PA), volunteer, book a school assembly or speaking engagement on bullying, or join their cause on causes.com (for free) to help show your support.

Or join Teach Anti-Bullying at their upcoming fundraising event:

Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc. 1st Annual Fundraiser
Maloney’€™s Pub & Restaurant
2626 County Line Road, Ardmore, PA
Saturday, April 13, 2013
7 to 11 pm
Join them for a 2-hour open bar and light buffet from 7-9 pm and a ‘€œbid and buy’€ and 50/50 all evening. Proceeds go to educational resources and advocacy.

 

Photo courtesy Teach Anti-Bullying.

Comments (23)

  • Robert O'Neill April 5, 2013
    at 12:34 PM

    This organization is tremendous and did a lot for our son Bailey. I can not say enough about them.

  • Catherine Dale April 5, 2013
    at 12:36 PM

    Thank you for all you do Dr. Cerullo and for helping our daughter battle bullying in the county.

  • Melissa Whithorn April 5, 2013
    at 3:19 PM

    Thank you Teach Antibullying, Inc. for your mission and the support you provided our son.

    My husband and I greatly appriciate what you did for us during a very difficult time.

    Meilissa

  • Kathy Gilbert April 5, 2013
    at 3:58 PM

    “I am delighted to have selected Bullying and Children with Special Needs today while attending the Chester County IU Professional Development sessions at Henderson HS East.” “Dr. Cerullo and his team was just outstanding and his presentation was an eye opener for me both as a special education teacher and parent of two girls.” I would highly recommeded Teach Antibullying, Inc. for your next presentaiton. Kathy

  • Megan Learly April 5, 2013
    at 9:57 PM

    I was very impressed with the knowledge and passion this organization presented at our high school last month in Delaware County. I wished we were given more time after our faculty meeting to hear more.

  • Dawn Kim April 6, 2013
    at 8:56 AM

    I would just like to applaud this organization and Dr. Cerullo for taking a proactive stand against bullying. Thank you for being a voice when many children and parents don’t have one.

  • Mike P. April 6, 2013
    at 2:49 PM

    Thank you to Teach Antibullying and Dr. Cerull for all that you do and for helping Robert O’Neill honor Bailey.

  • Marina Inez April 6, 2013
    at 4:33 PM

    I live in Texas and Dr. Cerullo helped my family with our child. I wish we had the funds to get him to our daughter’s school. I can not thank you and your organization enough for what you are doing to help the many children all over our country.

    Thank you, Marina

  • Dan Tracy April 7, 2013
    at 12:50 PM

    “Dr. Cerullo was very motivating and passionate as he presented to my 6-8 students while at E.T. Richardson Middle School.” “Many of my students told me that they told their parents about what bullying really is and how they can help prevent it.” Dan Tracy, Principal-E.T. Richardson Middle School-Springfield Delaware County

  • Trina Rhodes April 7, 2013
    at 12:51 PM

    Dr. Cerullo,

    Your presentation of school bullying really hit home with me, as my son has been bullied since 1st grade. And in light of what happend in NewTown, I am even more concerned regarding the facts you presented and how bullying can be directly aligned to school shootings. I have brought my thoughts to my son’s school district in an attempt to bring your organization into our district. Thank you for presenting such facts and solutions to this critical issue that has enveloped our society. Trina Rhodes, Philadelphia, PA

  • Shavaun McGinty April 7, 2013
    at 12:54 PM

    Each and every school year, one of the most challenging and important issues a guidance department can face is to identify any and all factors that may interfere with a student’s learning. Bullying, as we are continually reminded by our national headlines, and the violence born of it, takes a heavy toll on our nation. And, cyber bulling, which uses the internet and related technologies to deliberately harm people, has become more common, particularly among young people.

    This year, the professionals at Teach Anti Bullying, Inc. hosted a chat at our cyber school, the Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School, for students and their parents. This chat was part of a program to raise awareness of this epidemic during National Anti-bullying Week. There is absolutely no doubt that their contribution to the presentation of our program helped students and families that were affected by bullying.

    We are eager to spread the word about Teach Anti Bullying, Inc. and trust that they will receive the funding so necessary to help stop this plague affecting over 13 million children each year.

    Sincerely,

    Shavaun McGinty
    Director of Guidance

  • Sara Lowery April 8, 2013
    at 9:59 AM

    Thank you Teach Antibullying, Inc. for your dedication to this cause. I was bullied as a child and the scars never go away. If you need my support, let me know. Sara

  • Anne Lowe April 8, 2013
    at 5:03 PM

    I am so proud of this group. They are truly here to help parents!

    Thank you guys for all that you have done for our family.

    Anne/John Lowe

  • Sally Wethers April 9, 2013
    at 8:48 AM

    Thank you Dr. Cerullo for speak at my daughter’s school. My daughter said that she not only learned so much, but also that your passion was overwhelmeing.

  • JoAnn Bruni April 10, 2013
    at 4:08 PM

    I am so proud of the work you guys are doing accross the country. Thnak you the support you gave my son.

    JoAnn

  • Katherin Jacobs April 11, 2013
    at 7:41 AM

    I think what your orgainzation is doing to help fight bullying is just wonderful! As a retired teacher, there was very little discussion on this topic and many children daily were affected.

  • Teresa Ranoldi April 13, 2013
    at 8:44 AM

    I think what you are doing is great and so needed!

  • Tammy Gunder April 16, 2013
    at 10:48 PM

    It’s amazing the work your organization is doing to help raise awareness on this bullying problem. My son was bullied for weeks, and no one stepped in to help him while in a private school no less.

    Tammy

  • Karen O'Connell April 26, 2013
    at 9:58 AM

    What a great organization! Thank you so much for your support of our daughter….without your help, she would have continued to be bullied in her middle school.

    Karen from Delaware County

  • Francis Alscott April 26, 2013
    at 5:29 PM

    I highly support this organization in their efforts and mission to fight bullying and supportall children and families. They are wonderful and so reponsive!

    Francis

  • Julia McDevitt April 27, 2013
    at 12:21 PM

    Teach Anti Bullying is a phenomenal organization! Every school should want to have them come and speak. They truly want to help every child that is being bullied and to stop this nationwide crisis that is going on. They helped us with issues that our son had, and their guidance and support has been amazing!

  • Francis Alscott May 7, 2013
    at 3:02 PM

    This organization saved my son’s life! I could appluad their work enough!

    Sara A.

  • Kerry Williams May 23, 2013
    at 1:03 PM

    I just wanted to commend this organization on all the fine work they have put forth in awarding and recognizing all the young people across our nation. I also loved the story about the Upper Darby High School boy Cory. Simply wonderful…

    Ms. K. Williams

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