November 18, 2011
"Any incident of bullying is reprehensible and unacceptable. While most incidents are among students, sadly, educators too have bullied students."
Statement by Randi Weingarten,
President, American Federation of Teachers,
On Bullying by Students and Educators
WASHINGTON—Any incident of bullying is reprehensible and unacceptable. While most incidents are among students, sadly, educators too have bullied students. As a teachers union, we support the highest standards of professional conduct to ensure that the learning environment is safe and secure. Teachers and other school employees must be trusted as positive influences and good role models. Bullying by anyone, anywhere, under any circumstances, is hurtful, harmful and, as we have seen over the past few years, can be deadly. Parents entrust their children to educators five days a week to teach them not just academics but right from wrong. All students deserve to live and learn without fear of taunts or humiliation from anyone.
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The AFT represents 1.5 million pre-K through 12th-grade teachers; paraprofessionals and other school-related personnel; higher education faculty and professional staff; federal, state and local government employees; nurses and healthcare workers; and early childhood educators.