Statement by Michael Martin, Executive Director, National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT)
Announcement of The Congressional Anti-bullying Caucus
ALBANY, N.Y., June 26, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by Michael Martin, Executive Director, National Association for Pupil Transportation (NAPT):
Whether on a school bus or anywhere else bullying is deplorable behavior that disrespects others, usually resulting in emotional and sometimes even physical scars.
On Thursday, June 28, the national resolve against bullying takes a major step forward with the launch of the bi-partisan Anti-Bullying Caucus in the U.S. Congress. The Caucus will create a national focal point for bullying prevention.
We salute Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA) for his leadership in forming the Caucus and determination to bring greater national attention, expertise and resources to forge solutions.
NAPT has been intensely involved over the last two years in actions to prevent bullying on school buses, including working with the U.S. Department of Education on prevention strategies and offering training for school bus professionals.
In 2010 we held a town hall meeting on bullying prevention at our annual conference that included school transportation representatives from across the country. More than 300 school systems participated.
The school bus industry is committed to cooperating fully with the Caucus to make sure no student, school bus driver, monitor, or anyone else is the victim of this very pervasive and harmful behavior, and that our industry has the awareness and training to make a positive difference.
The news conference to launch the Anti-bullying Caucus will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 28 in Rayburn House Office Building 2237.
SOURCE National Association for Pupil Transportation