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H.R. 549 BILL: Stop Bullying Act

Rio Allred

H.R. 549 Bill: STOP Bullying Act

Calling all advocates and bully upstanders! Did you know that 70% of young people say that they have been seen bullying in their school?

There have been far too many children and young lives lost to severe bullying and physical, mental and emotional violence. We must lead the way by setting a positive example for our kids. We need to also enact change in our schools with focused and thoughtful laws that support positive learning environments free from the fear. This legislation will go a long way in driving that goal forward.

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08) introduced bill H.R. 549 in early 2021. H.R. 549 would require state grants for the development of anti-bullying task forces in each state. More specifically, the bill lays out the development of anti-bullying task forces with representation from students, counselors, administrators, parents, lawyers and psychologists. These task forces would conduct a study on bullying in the states elementary and secondary schools and be tasks with analyzing anti-bullying policies, bullying education for teachers, students and parents and the incidents of student violence or self harm that are the result of bullying.

How can you help?

Most of us have a loved one that is or has been affected by bullying, whether you knew Rio or it’s someone else you know personally – your siblings, children, grandchildren. We’re asking that you help to advocate for this bill. In order to help do that we are asking you to email your US Congressman to get their support for the H.R. 549 Bill. It’s very simple, we promise! Please copy and past the email template below and email your Congressman. You can find your Congressman by clicking the button below! Once clicking below, type your zip code in the search bar; to email your representative click on the envelope icon below their photo!

You can take it a step further and send the same support of bill H.R. 549 to the White House, we’ll add a link below where you can contact them.

 Email template to copy, paste and send:

Subject line: Please cosponsor H.R.549: STOP Bullying Act

Hi Congressman/woman <NAME>,

I’m writing to you today to ask for your support of H.R. 549 Bill co-sponsored by Raja Krishnamoorthi (IL-08).

Please cosponsor H.R.549 to provide funding and approach in analyzing and advising on anti-bullying education and initiatives with a task force composed of administrators, psychologists, lawyers, parents, student peers and professionals who support for LGBTQI+. This legislation led by Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi makes a thorough approach to analyzing current anti-bullying policies in elementary and secondary schools alongside the education for teachers, parents and students on bullying.

H.R. Bill 549 is important to me because <insert your story here; this is optional>. 

To become a cosponsor of this critical piece of legislation please contact Raja Krishnamoorthi [email protected]. We need your attention on this important matter to move this bill forward. Thank you in advance for your support.

Thanks,

<insert your name>

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