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Bullying awareness: Your story
Bullying ~ "The Silent Threat" Interview with Dr. Cerullo,Founder of Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc.,
Written By: Charron Monaye
Pen Legacy News on CNN
According to www.stopbullying.gov , “Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Both kids who are bullied and who bully others may have serious lasting issues.”
We have all been victims of teasing, humiliation, fights, jealously, or other acts of childhood scars that left us bruised mentally, emotionally, or physically. Recently, these acts are taken to the highest extreme, and children are committing suicide, bullies are running wild, and officials are putting a blanket over the issue to maintain it’s innocence. But according to Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo,Founder of Teach Anti-Bullying, Inc., (a 501 ( c ) (3) non-profit organization), “NO child SHOULD BE BULLIED IN ANY WAY, SHAPE, OR FORM.” Learn more about his organization and fight against bullying in this edition of Pen Legacy News on CNN.
Charron Monaye: Tell us a little about yourself and how did you become such a strong advocate against Bullying?
Dr. Cerullo: I have been in education for over twenty-years now, and I have served in many different administrative positions, from teacher to school principal at all levels, to college professor. As a result of years of looking at school discipline and school violence/bullying, I began to wonder why are children are coming to school with so much angry, fear, and ultimately being more violent. Two-years ago, after a parent workshop on bullying and children with disability, teach anti bullying was born, as many parents stated, "You should start an anti-bullying group." My goal was to keep all children save and provide our families, and educators anti bullying awareness.
Charron Monaye: Now you are the Founder of Teach Anti-Bullying, tell us about that organization, what resources you offer to parents, schools, etc., and how someone could acquire your assistance?
Dr. Cerullo: Our organization is a 501 C3 National Non-Profit that focuses on helping children, educators, and families are over the country. We advocate for parents and students, we provide programs on anti-bullying, assemblies, and school violence prevention. We also provide financial support for victims/families in need and students heading to college that provide leadership in the area of anti-bullying preventives. They can call us at 484-431-9711 and www.teachantibullying.com
Charron Monaye: In your opinion, how critical is bullying in today's society and why is Teach Anti-Bullying on the front lines ready to fight against it?
Dr. Cerullo: It is truly a pervasive issue which affects well over 13.5 million children and adults in our country. Teen suicide is currently the 3rd leading cause of death among our 13-19 students at 4,300 per year CDC 2012. School shootings number 107 directly related to school bulling, and currently cyber bullying has reached 57% among of secondary students. Department of Justice Report 2012. We have lost 1,750 students to FaceBook incidences alone since 2010. Teach Anti Bullying, Inc. is at the forefront on bring anti bullying awareness to schools, students, parents, and law enforcement officials all over the country. We have currently addressed over 2,500 school students to date and our goal for 2013-2014 is to reach 5000 nation-wide.
Charron Monaye: What other organizations and/or associations (government or private) are you part of that helps you with your mission. Is this organization local or can people in other states seek your services?
Dr. Cerullo: Our organization is National and I am also the current Rotary President for the Glen Riddle Rotary Club and one of the four key pillars of Rotary International is Peace and Conflict Resolution, of which Teach Anti Bullying, Inc, is directly a part of in our community.
Charron Monaye: Now, I see you are a writer, tell us about that journey as author and how penning books on bullying have further supported your cause?
Dr. Cerullo: I have written four children's book based on my nine-year-old daughter Isabella Cerullo as the main character in each book. Since 2010, I have written four books now on anti-bullying and my latest, is entitle: It is Never Right to Fight, dedicated to the many children that have lost their lives to school violence-related issues. I also co-authored with 101 other wonderful authors including Pat Wyman from How to Learn.Com a best-selling book entitled: Amazing Grades, of which my chapter is entitled: How Bullying Affects Academic Achievement.
Charron Monaye: With October being Anti-Bullying (Bullying Awareness Month) what can we expect to see from you or Teach anti-Bullying?
Dr. Cerullo: We are hoping to be on the Today Show, as well as, we are the key note anti bullying group invited back to the great State of Louisiana for their Anti Bullying Conference on Bullying and Children with Disabilities. Lastly, on October 5, 2013 the Township of Aston located in Delaware County, PA has dedicated this day by proclamation: Teach Anti Bullying, Inc. Day celebrating our work in the fight against bullying……..
To learn read some press related events with Dr. Cerullo and Teach Anti-Bullying, see below links:
The Heron's Nest: In the Nick of time, an answer to the problem of bullying
Dr. Claudio V. Cerullo speaks to 925 students and staff members at Monsignor Bonner/
Prenergast High School in Delaware County on the issue of bullying 2013
Fox 29 Philadelphia
CBS Philly Interviews Dr. Cerullo during No Name Calling Week
Senator Anthony Hardy Williams from Philadelphia and Dr. Cerullo, Founder of Teach Antibullying, Inc. at the taping of “Capitol Update” on Bullying
For further information, contact Dr. Cerullo at email@example.com.