End Bullying Initial Project Information

Bullying is the most common form of violence in our society. More than 70 percent of young people nationwide say they have seen bullying in their schools, and 30 percent have admitted to bullying others.

Page updated on Oct 9, 2018 at 4:20 PM

Initial Project Timeline and Accomplishments

  • July 2014 - Mayor Euille joins the U. S. Mayor's Campaign to End Bullying
  • August-September 2014 - Initial Planning
  • October 2014 - Mayor Euille Today" televised discussion:
  • Mayor's Charge to Community
  • October 20, 2014 - Campaign Kickoff: Screening of  "Bully" movie Mayor's Charge and Commitment Pledges

Stakeholders Meetings: 

  • November 3, 2014 - Response to "Bully" Movie Commitment Pledge
  • Major Insights/Recommended Next Steps
  • December 8, 2014 - Defining Bullying/Sharing Personal Stories; Discuss Logo, Slogan, and Outreach
  • January - March 2015 - End Bullying Campaign shared with local coalitions and commissions.
  • March 17, 2015 - Campaign Marketing and Work Groups
  • March 24, 2015 - Campaign presented to City Council New Slogan: Bully Free Starts with Me! Logo Design: nearly complete
  • April 9, 2015 - Taping of "Mayor Euille Today" Campaign Update
  • April 25, 2015 - Earth Day Celebration – April 25, 2015
  • May 4, 2015 - First airing of "Mayor Euille Today" Campaign Update
  • May 4 and June 10, 2015 - Next Stakeholders Meetings
  • September-October 2015 - Bullying Prevention Month Poster Gallery

Important Benchmarks

  • Student voice is leading many related efforts, including logo development, peer planning sessions, participation in the Mayor Euille Today show and participation in the Stakeholders Working Groups.
  • City agencies that work with youth and families are engaging this conversation.
  • ACPS FACE Center is sponsoring development of videos to address cyberbullying and conducting positive discipline training for families.
  • Specific outreach to the faith community is scheduled for late spring.
  • The Stakeholders marketed the "Bully Free Starts with Me!" campaign as part of the City's Earth Day celebration on Saturday, April 25.
  • Adult advocacy to prevent and/or intervene with respect to bullying is increasing. Youth and adults are having many more conversations about the impact of bullying and the roles that witnesses /bystanders can play.
  • Groups are exploring such programs as Safe Schools Ambassador Delegation and Bully Free School.
  • Groups are exploring summer 2015 outreach to the business community.
  • In the words of our students:
    • The "I will …" pledge is important and needs to be emphasized.
    • We need to think through the root causes for why students and/or adults do not intervene when they witness bullying.
    • This campaign will only work when we touch the heart, mind and soul of our community.
    • We need to make transforming our community culture a priority.
    • We need to address the speed with which cyberbullying does damage.
    • There needs to be a system of constructive consequences for bullying.
    • Everyone needs to own the responsibility of paying attention, preventing and intervening when bullying occurs.
    • Each one of us needs to answer the question, "What am I going to do?

Initial Meeting Agendas, Materials & Presentations

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

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.
Emma Beall at 703.746.3670.

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