However, the inconsistency in application of anti-bullying policies across the country has led to uncertainty as to whether these programs are successful In achieving their Intended outcomes. Several supporters of anta-bullying policy legislation, Including the American Medical Association (AMA), Bullyboys, and the National Parent Teacher Association, work toward bringing awareness to the issue of bullying and supporting prevention efforts to reduce factorization and violence.

Each organization uses its influence to support this public health issue by providing resources for students, parents, and educators for addressing bullying incidences effectively and creating a culture of supporters Inside and out of school. Anta-anta-bullying organization, Alliance Defending Freedom (DIF tresses that schools do not need to adopt “anti-bullying” policies to prevent bullying, because school officials already possess authority to prohibit student intimidation.

However, current school-based ant-bullying programs are not practically effective in reducing bullying or violent behaviors in the schools. An analysis of the current policy on school bullying in California and two alternative policies was conducted, anticipated outcomes were projected along with a budget prediction for policy implementation and sustainability_ Each policy was also evaluated Independently for effectiveness, equity, and social acceptability. The policies received a rating of low, moderate, or high in each respective category.

BULLYING Societal Problem/lulus The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that suicide is the third leading cause of death in California (see Figure 1 behind accidents and homicide, of people aged 10 to 24 resulting In about 4,400 deaths per year (Centers for Disease control and Prevention, 2007). Even more specifically Is the fact that suicide Is the third leading cause of death for adolescent children between the ages of 10 and 14 arguably due in part to bullying, a form of interpersonal violence, that has emerged as an important public health issue in the United States (Burgess, 2006).