Human rights are important for everyone. All of our human rights are extremely important and should be respected. People have the right to feel safe and to be treated fairly. Bullying is an act against our human rights. It is a serious problem that causes mental and physical impacts. Bullying can affects home, school, work, and social life. There are currently 49 States that enforce and have anti-bullying laws, some of which include laws against cyber-bullying, statistics say, “Even the definition of bullying varies from state to state. Some states describe it as persistent harassment, while others describe it as simply annoying behavior or teasing”. Although there are no federal laws that address bullying, it’s associated with race, national origin, color, sex, age, disability, or religion. When bullying occurs, schools have a job to fix the issue. When the situation is not resolved, there are other divisions that may help which are the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. Some of the Federal laws that must be followed and enforced according to the civil rights law are:
- Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act
- Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
These are just some of the few laws that are in place against bullying. All these laws enforce a bullying policy in schools. As humans we all have our rights and it is up to us as individuals to stand up for them. ~Alejandra V.