By Michelle Durham
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – This week marks National “No Name Calling Week.” It’s designed to bring awareness to the effects of bullying, both short-term and long-term and there is one local organization determined to eradicate it all together.
Dr. Claudio Cerullo is the President of the nonprofit organization “Teach Anti-Bullying” which is designed to assist school administrators, parents, teachers and kids how to recognize bullying and how to put a stop to it.
“We were in Delaware County and a young girl in eighth grade, because she was different, she was being picked on in a local Delaware County middle school.”
Dr. Cerullo says the most important thing school administrators can do is create an atmosphere where students will not stand by and watch as another is bullied, that they feel comfortable enough to step in and stop it.
“If the kids, who are perhaps the honors students or the captain of the football team or cheerleading squad, and those kids have to take an active leadership role to be a role model,” particularly to protect children with special needs, so that children on the Autism Spectrum can learn in an atmosphere they feel safe in.
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