Senator Alarmed by Reports That Many Students Face Daily Harassment, Especially Those with Life Threatening Food Allergies
Courtesy of Senator Bob Huff
San Dimas: Senator Bob Huff (R-San Dimas) announced his support earlier this month for National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, aimed at reducing or even preventing bullying on school campuses, playgrounds and elsewhere. The effort, created by the organization STOMP Out Bullying, observes October as a time to raise awareness and education.
“I am greatly concerned by statistics that show one out of every four students in America deal with the threat of bullying every single day of their lives,” said Senator Huff. “Being the target of a bully is a scary fact of life for far too many children and teenagers. The good news is we can take action to prevent harm done to our children. One of those steps is to raise awareness to the issue and then confront it.”
According to statistics:
- 1 out of 4 kids are bullied
- 9 out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at school
- Depending on their ages, up to 43% of kids and teens report being cyberbullied
- 8% of kids stay home from school each day due to the fear of being bullied
- 1/3 of children with life threatening food allergies are bullied
One particular form of bullying concerning Huff is that which is aimed at children who suffer from life threatening food allergies. A recent study from the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics discovered the following: “31.5 percent of the children and 24.7 percent of the parents reported bullying specifically due to food allergies, including threats with foods, primarily by classmates.”
“Children who suffer from food allergies face serious consequences, which could include grave outcomes, if they are bullied with the very food that can kill them,” said Senator Huff. “This is a serious threat that has recently come to my attention through my previous legislative work on this issue. School should be safe for all students and hearing stories from children who have been spit at in an attempt to get them sick is heartbreaking. I am looking at possible legislation to address this particular form of bullying before it gets worse.”
Senator Huff represents the 29th Senate District covering portions of Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino Counties.