MD-anti-bullyingSunday school students learn techniques to prevent, address bullying

PHOTO: (L-R) CAIR-MD Operations Coordinator Salam Shaguj, CAIR National Outreach Coordinator Lauren Schreiber, and CAIR-MD Outreach Coordinator Mariam Mirza facilitate CAIR-MD’s anti-bullying workshop at Masjid An-Nur in White Marsh, Md.

On October 27, 2013, the CAIR-MD team presented an anti-bullying workshop to some 125 Sunday school students at Masjid An-Nur in White Marsh, Md. The purpose of the free workshop was to educate students on techniques to prevent and address bullying amongst peers. An assembly style presentation was followed by small group sessions in which students role-played scenarios and had the opportunity to ask questions.

“Bullying among school age children is widespread, has negative consequences, and must be taken seriously,” said CAIR-MD Executive Director Zainab Chaudry. “Children should be able to learn in an environment free of intimidation or harassment. CAIR-MD is committed to ensuring students’ rights are protected in the school place.”

According to the 2013 report by the Maryland State Department of Education to the Maryland General Assembly on bullying incidents reported under the Safe Schools Reporting Act of 2005, over 5,000 incidents of bullying were reported throughout Maryland schools for the 2011-12 school year. This is significantly higher than 4,500 incidents that were recorded in the previous year, and does not include the number of incidents that go unreported.

Baltimore City and Baltimore, Howard, and Montgomery counties were local school systems that reported the most occurrences.

During workshops, students are encouraged to sign the CAIR-MD anti-bullying pledge.

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