Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying in Alexandria

Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society. The Mayor’s Campaign recognizes bullying as a community issue, that affects everyone from youth to older adults.

Page updated on Oct 10, 2021 at 1:15 PM

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Bullying Prevention Month 2021

Bully Free LogoNational Bullying Prevention Month in Alexandria will be kicked off at the City Council legislative meeting on Tuesday, October 12, at 7 p.m. with the presentation of a proclamation by Mayor Justin Wilson. This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Bullying Prevention Month activities are limited, but there are things everyone can do in recognition of Bullying Prevention Month. Check out weekly awareness and prevention tweets at @BullyFreeAlexVA (and post a photo wearing green, with the hashtag #BullyFreeStartsWithMe); get info from the Bully Free Brochure;  wear green on  Unity Days; and Alexandria City Public Schools students can participate in a Red Ribbon Campaign Poster Contest on bullying awareness.

During October—and every month, declare your support for a bully-free Alexandria!  Pledge your support and receive information and resources on how you can help reduce bullying. For more information, contact Mac Slover, Chair, at mac.slover29@outlook.com.

Bullying Prevention Month Event Partners

  • Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy
  • Alexandria Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities
  • Senior Services of Alexandria
  • 18th District Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court Service Unit
  • Alexandria City Public Schools
  • Alexandria Office of Communications and Public Information
  • Alexandria Sheriff's Department
  • Alexandria Police Department
  • Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria
  • Alexandria Health Department Teen Wellness Center
  • Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria 


Bully Free Brochure

This comprehensive brochure describes the campaign’s goal; explains what bullying is; lists bullying’s effects; provides statistics describing the extent of bullying nationally and in Alexandria; lists responses to bullying activity; and explains how to report bullying.
Bully Free Brochure
 


Red Ribbon Campaign Poster Contest 2021

The Red Ribbon Campaign is the oldest and largest drug prevention program in the nation. This year's theme is "Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free." In partnership with the ACPS FACE Center, SCAN of Northern Virginia and the Mayor’s Campaign to End Bullying, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria (SAPCA), is excited to once again bring the campaign to Alexandria this year! 

It takes a community to teach prevention. How will you celebrate Red Ribbon Week, October 23-31, this fall? Visit the SAPCA website for tips and ideas, including information about this year's Red Ribbon Poster Contest!

Upcoming Meetings and Events

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Background

    Question?   What are the four types of bullying?  Verbal, Physical, Social & Cyberbullying

     Since the inception of the Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying in Alexandria in 2014, the City government agencies, City's public schools, community organizations, youth and senior citizen leaders and residents have worked together to increase the awareness of the negative effects of bullying and prevent bullying among Alexandria's youth and adults.

    The Mayors Campaign to End Bullying is a national movement spearheaded by the National Conference of Mayor’s to improve the community and school climate and improve the quality of life for all. Alexandria (under former Mayor Euille) joined this effort in 2014.  Supported by former Mayor Silberberg, current Mayor Justin Wilson, past and present City Council members.  The bullying issue takes everyone to communicate in an open and on-blaming tone that is focused on building positive relationships and working together to support each other.


    In the Commonwealth of Virginia, bullying is defined as "any aggressive and unwanted behavior that is intended to harm, intimidate, or humiliate the victim; involves a real or perceived power imbalance between the aggressor or aggressors and victim; and is repeated over time or causes severe emotional trauma.  "Bullying" includes cyber bullying.  "Bullying" does not include ordinary teasing, horseplay, argument, or peer conflict.  

    Nationally, 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their schools, and more than 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year. Data from the 2017 Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) Youth Risk Behavior Survey show that 13% of high school students reported being bullied on school property and 10% reported being bullied electronically. Of middle school students, 25% reported being bullied on school property and 13% reported being bullied online. Membership in either bully or victim groups is associated with dropping out of school, poor social development, criminal activity and other negative long-term consequences. 

    Bullying affects everyone, from youth to older adults. Approximately  1 in 10 Americans aged 60+ have experienced some form of  elder abuse.  As many as 1 in 5 senior citizens is the victim of verbal or physical abuse often by other seniors.  Some estimates range as high as 5 million elders who are abused each year. One study estimated that  only 1 in 14 cases of abuse are reported to authorities.  Abusers are both women and men. In almost  60% of elder abuse and neglect incidents, the perpetrator is a family member.  Two-thirds of perpetrators are adult children or spouses.

    A proclamation announced the start of the Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying in Alexandria in 2014. The purpose of the campaign, sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, is to wipe out bullying in our nation's schools and communities. Alexandria has joined more than 170 jurisdictions from around the country who have signed on to the campaign to raise awareness, foster a safe school climate,  end bullying in schools and communities, and encourage everyone to take a stand against bullying.

    Since the inception of the Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying in Alexandria, the City's public schools, City government agencies, community organizations, youth leaders and residents have worked together to increase the awareness of the negative effects of bullying and prevent bullying among Alexandria's youth.


    Photo Gallery


    Bully Free Girls Summer Clinic Bully Free Girls Summer Clinic
    Bully Free Girls Summer Clinic Miracle Baseball League of Alexandria (Adults Therapeutic Recreation)


    Bully Free Girls Summer Clinic Recreation Department Staff
    City Council Proclamation City Council Proclamation

     

    Team Court Service Unit Joins Bully Prevention Day at the Courthouse


    Bullying Prevention in Alexandria City Public Schools

    Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) is strongly committed to creating a safe, positive school environment in which the academic performance, social, emotional and physical well-being of all students is supported. The ACPS Office of Equity and Cultural Competence, in conjunction with the Office of Student Services, provides programs and staff that promote healthy, caring, and responsible behaviors among students. Learn more about bullying and resources for bullying prevention and cyber safety.


    The Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying Planning Committee

    • Mac Slover - Chair
      Community Member

    • William D. Euille
      Former Mayor - Community Member
        
    • Michael Johnson 
      Alexandria Department of Recreation 

    • Sheri James
      Alexandria City Public Schools 

    • Darrell Sampson
      Alexandria City Public Schools

    • Shannon Hudson -Odoi
      Alexandria City Public Schools

    • Andrea Blackford 
      Alexandria Office of Communications and Public Information 

    • Percy White
      Court Services Unit

    • Officer Bennie Evans 
      Alexandria Police Department 

    • Allen Lomax
      Partnership for a Healthier Alexandria 

    • Lisette Torres 
      Alexandria Campaign on Adolescent Pregnancy 
    • Fannie Allen
      Community Member   

    • Emma Beall
      Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria

    • Nathan Toews
      Senior Services of Alexandria

    • Marshall Hespe
      Senior Services of Alexandria

    • Joy Paluska
      National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

    • Jamie Aylor
      Alexandria Department of Recreation

    • David Nye
      Alexandria Sheriff's Office

    • Faith Spillman
      Alexandria Police Department

    More Information


    To address concerns about bullying or to report a bullying incident, please inform your school's principal.

    To report senior abuse, contact the Adult Protective Services 24 hours/day. All reports are anonymous.  703.746.5999 

    Contact Alexandria Safe Place at 703.746.5400 for 24-hour access to immediate help and support for young people (ages 5-18) in crisis or call Michael Johnson at 703.746.5571.

    To report a life-threatening emergency or situation, please call 911.

    For media inquiries, contact Andrea Blackford, Senior Communications Officer, at 703.746.3959.

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