New Hampshire governor proclaims Bully Awareness Week

CONCORD – Gov. Maggie Hassan has proclaimed Oct. 26-30 as Bully Awareness Week in New Hampshire.

She has asked all residents, schools, businesses and organizations to observe the week with appropriate activities and educational events that promote bullying awareness, prevention and intervention.

It is estimated that there are more than 7 million incidents of bullying reported in public schools each year and an estimated 160,000 school children stay home daily because of fear of being bullied.

But bullying doesn’t stop once children have grown up and gotten out of school. An estimated 35 percent of adult American workers experience some form of workplace bullying.

Come Together NH, the next evolution of the Anti-Bullying Taskforce of the New Hampshire Council on Developmental Disabilities, supports efforts to reduce incidents of bullying of people with developmental disabilities and others. It is committed to building respectful, inclusive communities in New Hampshire.

On Tuesday, Oct. 20, Come Together NH hosted a Student Leadership Summit. Students from New Hampshire schools participated in leadership training to learn how to be leaders in building respectful and accepting school cultures.