School Bullying


Resolution 14-07.40

WHEREAS, children who are bullied are more likely to experience: depression, anxiety, increased sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, loss of interest in activities, health complaints, and decreased academic achievement and school participation; and

WHEREAS, children who bully are more likely to: abuse alcohol and other drugs, get into fights, vandalize property, drop out of school, engage in early sexual activity, have criminal convictions as adults, and abuse their partners or children as adults; and

WHEREAS, children who witness bullying are more likely to: have increased use of tobacco, alcohol, or other drugs, have increased mental health problems, including depression and anxiety, and miss or skip school;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party recognizes that school bullying is not child's play; rather it is a serious problem that must be addressed for the sake of all children, including children who bully;

THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the California Democratic Party shall send a copy of this resolution to Governor Jerry Brown, President pro Tempore Darrel Steinberg, Speaker Toni Atkins, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson, and the California School Boards Association to encourage them to develop more effective strategies to reduce school bullying.

Sponsored by Mister Phillips (AD 15) and CDP African American Caucus



Adopted by the California Democratic Party
At its July 2014 Executive Board Meeting
Marriot Hotel, Oakland
July 13, 2014





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