A resolution recognizing January 19-23, 2015, as No Name-Calling Week across the United States.

WHEREAS, No Name-Calling Week is an annual week of educational activities aimed at ending name-calling of all kinds and providing schools with the tools and inspiration to launch an ongoing dialogue about ways to eliminate bullying in their communities; and

WHEREAS, the national Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) study of public, private, and parochial school students in grades 6-10 found that almost a third of 6th to 10th graders - 5.7 million children nationwide - have experienced some kind of bullying; and

WHEREAS, victims of bullying and name-calling commonly do poorly in school and suffer from high rates of absenteeism due to this harassment; and

WHEREAS, bullies themselves demonstrate poor social and emotional adjustment, social isolation, lack of success in school, and involvement in problem behaviors, and are more likely to end up engaging in criminal behavior in their adult lives; and

WHEREAS, name-calling has no place in our schools, as it impedes the learning process for all; and

WHEREAS, No Name-Calling Week, scheduled for January 19-23, 2015, is an invaluable project that is supported by a broad-based coalition of education and youth services organizations that are concerned about the detrimental effects name-calling has on students; and

WHEREAS, in Davidson County we call upon our teachers, students, parents and school officials to appropriately observe No Name-Calling Week through activities, lessons and programs designed to reduce name-calling and bullying on the basis of body size, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, physical or mental ability, race, religion, sexual orientation, social or academic standing, or any other attribute for which students are singled out for such unacceptable behavior; and

WHEREAS, it is fitting and proper that the Metropolitan Council hereby recognizes No Name-Calling Week and encourage all residents of Davidson County to learn more about the causes and warning signs of name-calling.


Section 1. The Metropolitan Council hereby goes on record as recognizing January 19-23, 2015, as No Name-Calling Week across the United States.

Section 2. The Metropolitan Council Office is directed to prepare a copy of this Resolution to be presented to the Jump-Start Student Leadership Team of GLSEN Middle Tennessee.

Section 3. This Resolution shall take effect from and after its adoption, the welfare of The Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County requiring it.

Sponsored by: Megan Barry, Ronnie Steine, Sandra Moore


Referred to: Rules & Confirmations Committee
Introduced: January 6, 2015
Adopted: January 6, 2015
Approved: January 7, 2015
By: mayor's signature

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