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Safe Schools NC is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to creating a safe and positive learning environment for all students and educators in North Carolina, with an emphasis on actual or perceived sexual orientation and gender identity.
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This Current School Year, Forward for Equality
We appreciate your support, both by fighting for equality for our K-12 students, and your financial support in sustaining our work. Remember, ALL students deserve a safe school! Just click on the link below if you'd like to contribute!

LGBT Issues & Schools Conference Interest Form
Safe Schools NC supports educators in creating and fostering a safe, respectful, diverse and positive learning and working environments in North Carolina's public schools.To help achieve our mission, we are exploring the possibility of hosting a one-day conference dedicated to the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity with education. If the interest and demand for the conference is high across our community we will move forward with the conference planning. The conference program would cover preK-12 education and include sessions for teachers, counselors, media coordinators, other support staff, athletic coaches, principals, central office leaders, and school board members. Please take a few moments to complete this brief survey what will inform our work.

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Report it
If you, a friend, or your child are being harassed or bullied, you have several options.  First read Addressing Bullying and follow its suggestions.  Then, fill out the Student Harassment Form.  Although Safe Schools NC does not provide legal assistance, we may be able to connect you with appropriate agencies.‚Äč
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This Current School Year

K. Gentry

 Safe Schools NC's website has a bounty of resources and suggestions for teachers, students, and families to make your school safe and supportive to LGBTQ students.


For teachers, we have an entire section with resources to use within the classroom.  Integrate teacher-made anti-bullying and/or LGBTQ-inclusive curricular resources into your lesson planning.  Administrators and teachers alike may use our school-wide bullying prevention strategies.  If your administration isn't responding to anti-LGBTQ bullying or LGBTQ student needs, we suggest appropriate responses.  Reading about the specific concerns facing our minority students is also important, and LGBTQ-focused educational literature and lists of LGBTQ-inclusive children's and young adult books will get you on the right track.  We also provide best practices for teaching LGBTQ students and children of LGBTQ parents to avoid some of the common pitfalls well-meaning people face.

For Gay-Straight Alliance leaders, check out our list of activities for your GSA.  #1 on the list: Invite Safe Schools NC to speak at your meeting! Shoot us an email at contact@safeschoolsnc.com

For students being bullied, Safe Schools NC has an online harassment report in which our board members will personally contact you to discuss strategies to address the bullying.  Thankfully, North Carolina's School Violence Prevention Act outlaws bullying on the basis of identity, including sexual orientation and gender identity.  Our website also explains how to address bullying -- through reporting it, responding to it "in the moment," and avoiding future incidents of bullying. 

For families, we have suggestions to make parenting more pleasurable for both parents of LGBTQ children and youth and LGBTQ parents as well as a multitude of anti-bullying and LGBTQ-specific resources. 

Remember, ALL students deserves a safe school, and we are here if you need us!  

 

NC's General Assembly

It's important to know who represents you! To find out your rep, go to http://www.ncleg.net/Representation/WhoRepresentsMe.aspx.


Emergency Hotlines

If you need support right now because you're feeling very depressed or have been kicked out/runaway from home, call The Trevor Hotline 24 hrs/7 days a week at 1-866-488-7386The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or the GLBT National Youth Talkline at 1-800-246-PRIDE. They are there to help. 
Teachers Make a Difference!

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Incorporate LGBTQ issues into your classroom:
Read LGBTQ Literature
Incorporate Antibullying Lessons in your curriculum! 
Display our Safe Space Sticker!


 

Students Make a Difference!

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If a classmate is getting bullied or teased, set up a buddy system for them.  Find kind-hearted friends to walk with the student to classes and to the bus.  Safety exists in numbers! Also, encourage bystanders to speak up! Bystanders hold great power in a bullying situation.  If they have enough courage to tell the bully to stop, the bullies won’t get the attention they were hoping for and will be more likely to stop.


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This Current School Year, Forward for Equality
We appreciate your support, both by fighting for equality for our K-12 students, and your financial support in sustaining our work. Remember, ALL students deserve a safe school! Just click on the link below if you'd like to contribute!