Jennings – best known as the founder of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network – is expected to place heavy emphasis on combating the verbal and physical bullying many students experience in school.
Many school safety experts have said school officials need to understand that taunts, threats and other forms of verbal abuse can be just as disruptive as weapons and drugs in school. Both, they said, make it difficult for students to learn.
Some experts said they expect Jennings to focus on ways to decrease bullying in school and to teach students tolerance.
Bullying is often an issue here. In April an 11-year-old hanged himself and his family blamed the suicide on the excessive bullying they said he received at Dunaire Elementary School in Stone Mountain.
An investigation followed with a taskforce concluding that Jaheem Herrera wasn’t specifically targeted for bullying.
What can the federal government do to eliminate bullying? What pressure can they place on states and local school districts?