A Special Message For LGBT Leaders
Statistics indicate that in the US there is a suicide of a school child resulting from bullying every 11 days. It is estimated that half of these suicides are members of the LGBT minority group. That is only the tip of the iceberg. Over ten million children suffer from bullying in the US. Worldwide that number is estimated at 200,000,000. It is safe to say that those children who are perceived as belonging to the LGBT group are most likely to be targeted, (along with children with disabilities).
Shouldn’t School Administrators be doing everything they can to stop bullying? Yet it is abundantly clear from the number of suicides and homicides as well other conclusive evidence, that none of the current bullying prevention programs are effective. Therefore, logically other programs must be tried. Shouldn’t that include trying programs that propose to cure, not merely prevent bullying, and that ‘sound promising and deemed to have merit’?
The LGBT group learned from the AIDS tragedy, that unless they become pro-active in pressing authorities hard for solutions to any problem that disproportionately impacts them, the problem does not get the attention it deserves. The bullying issue is another such problem requiring special attention by LGBT. LGBT is therefore urged to get actively involved in getting the schools to implement the program advocated in Bullying Cure (2012)
Bullying Cure (2012) by Ronald Bibace is the only book that explains in detail how to cure bullying as opposed to temporarily preventing it.Its principles can be implemented quickly and inexpensively and the beneficial results observed in weeks as opposed to the years most programs require.
The Bibace Fast track Bullying Cure (BIFTAB) outlined in Bullying Cure (2012), was presented to one of the largest School Boards in the US in May of 2012, for approval to be taught in the schools. Approval was denied, although the presentation was ‘deemed: interesting and with many of the ideas presented having merit, and included generally sound and logical principles that can be applied to life’.
The program was rejected because of the absence of hard evidence proving it works in an ‘educational setting’. But no matter how promising any plan may be, that evidence can only be gathered by allowing testing in schools. The School Board has adopted an unfortunate Catch 22 approach. No school evidence means no school testing allowed. No school testing allowed means no school evidence is obtainable.
Until that situation changes for all new programs that show promise, it seems certain that the suicides/homicides and disproportionate abuse of the LGBT group will continue. I respectfully urge all LGBT members to join me in getting the BIFTAB program into the schools.