Anti-bias initiatives in NYC schools

February 18, 2011 9:28:37 AM PST
New York City schools are stepping up their effort to keep students safe at school.

As part of Respect for All Week, new anti-bias initiatives are being unveiled today.

Games of ice breaker provide an opportunity for students to realize they are more alike then they are different.

City leaders suspect the number of bullying cases have increased because more students are encouraged to tell school administrators. The latest number on biased crime show that in the 2008-09 school year, there were 130,000 reported, 4,000 involving some form of bias in school.

The bullying problem became highlighted last fall on the campus of Rutgers University, when student Tyler Clementi commited suicide after his roommate recorded him in a sexual encounter with a male.

New steps will be implemented in the NYC school system to help parents, principals and administrators to deal with anti-gay bias and prejudice.