BOSTON (CBS) – Students at a number of schools around Massachusetts recognized “No Name Calling Day” on Wednesday.

Part of the anti-bullying legislation signed in May 2010, “No Name Calling Day” was set for Wednesday, Jan. 25 by Gov. Deval Patrick earlier this month.

“In my role as Governor and as a father of two daughters, I firmly believe that every child should come to school knowing that they are safe and free from bullying,” said Gov. Patrick via a press release.

Students were encouraged to wear black as a sign of their commitment to “Black Out Bullying.”

“We know, from a long track record of experience, that names often, if not challenged and/or confronted, can lead to more significant insults and destructive behaviors, whether it be other acts of bias and discrimination, or even, in some cases, in can escalate into violence,” said Derek Shulman, the regional director for the Anti-Defamation League of New England.

Shulman says banners are up in schools around the state that have a special emphasis on cyber bullying, which he calls rampant, with a devastating and long-term impact on young lives.

Comments (17)
  1. Greg says:

    It’s sad that a “No Name Calling Day” is actually necessary.

  2. Kristin says:

    No name calling day should be everyday. Anti bulling is everyday not just occasionally.

    1. Steveo says:

      It’s sad that children are not given the self esteem at home to not care what other people think or say. When I went through Middle School, and High School I was bullied because I was a band nerd. Did I let it effect me? No. Did I have a good feeling of self worth? Yes. Kids these days are turning into whiney brats who think that they are going to go through their entire life without any hardship.

      1. Jenn says:

        Completely agree! I was bullied throughout school – people thought I was weird because I didn’t wear the right clothes and liked to learn. They thought I was more weird because I didn’t care what they thought of me. My parents made sure I was confident in myself and didn’t need the approval of people who don’t matter to feel good. When I went to college, I had lots of friends, got great grades, and graduated at the top of my class. Most of those kids who spent their time bullying me are stuck in the same small town doing the same small minded things they always did. Kids need to toughen up. Parents need to stop creating these fragile little butterflies who can’t handle the world around them.

      2. Guest says:

        I dont think either of you quite understand the level that bullying has degenerated to.
        We arent talking about those charming 80s movies where the kids were shoved into lockers and trash cans and toilets and such(which,when taken seriously,is pretty mean treatment)
        Kids nowadays can get mean,they can Isolate each other,kids get beat up and no one else tells,they are stolen from,told lies about,and yes,some kids dont get self esteem at home,their parents could just tear them apart like their peers do.
        You two were probably teased in school,but I hardly doubt you were bullied in the same context as some kids are.
        I remember a lot of kids growing up who couldnt keep their hands to themselves.If adults were to behave as some kids treat other kids they would be arrested for simple assault.

      3. Dodie Pettipas says:

        Being a band nerd (or geek) is actually a cool thing now. My 14 yr old daughter is very popular and most of her “Bandie” friends are too. Not a bad thing anymore.

      4. GGCS says:

        I agree with Guest. I think “bullying” isn’t strong enough of a word for what’s really happening these days. There is a psychological effect of being treated worthless by everyone around every single school day you knowing that there is nothing, literally NOTHING, that can make it better. No amount of previously existing “self-esteem” matters; in fact, the purpose of the abuse is to chip away at what confidence you do have.

      5. Jenn says:

        Alright I’ll leave a more detailed description – I was daily pushed around, called names, isolated completely, with zero friends – physically assaulted, made to feel completely and utterly alone and different. And then I went home from school – to a place where my parents loved me, and taught me how to toughen myself against all of the things life throws at you. Sound “bullied” enough for you??
        If these kids can’t get through a day where some brain-dead idiot calls them a name, or the school jock tries to destroy their self-image, how in the world are they going to handle rejection in an interview, or all the snide backtalk that happens in the REAL LIFE workplace, where their parents won’t be there to sue?
        TOUGHEN UP!!

      6. infoqueen says:

        Trouble is, with texting, facebook, and all the ways kids are networked, the bullying doesn’t stop when kids get home any more. It’s not just 6 hours a day, 5 days a week: it’s 24/7.

      7. Steveo says:

        Everyone can keep commenting that I was not bullied on the same level that these kids are today, but then again you know nothing of the circumstances at all. I also think that if someone cannot defend themselves physically then that is something they should work on as a human. Every person needs to know the basics of self defense regardless of age. I still think kids in todays generation are extremely soft, and do not have any real feeling of self worth given to them by their parents at home. Kids today are given everything without having to work for it, and parents act more like friends to their kids rather than being an authority figure.

        Also facebook is a useless application, and degrades society by taking away the true social nature of our society. It should be used by no one, and does zero good for humanity.

    2. M. Wicks says:

      That is exactly right!!

  3. Soit Seems says:

    This is cool. Just like ‘silent sidelines’ week in youth sports. Then we take our kids to a major league sport event and they get to listen to the world around them. Problems with such ‘educational’ programs (actually- behavior mod state induced- isn’t that comforting) What about music, radio, television, movies, town hall meetings, political leaders, newspapers, main street, home…supports the idea the world supports what the school is teaching? There is a disconnect and as a high school sports coach, that disconnect is in full view. Our children take pride in recognizing that disconnect and view the school as out of step. Perhaps the what fails more times than not is when a child comes of age that they notice and can understand when they see hypocrasy and they see it within the educational system over and over again. If you want to understand why our children are more often than not unaffected by such superficial acts as this…just ride at the front of the bus taking kids from one place to another and sit silently and listen…This ‘no naming calling day” will stimulate more name calling between students then ever existed before. The laughing with each name that outdoes the one before will stimulate giddy laughter like nothing else while the very few who take it seriously will sit silently and be offended by what they overhear. Simple human nature- fun always exists out on the thinner branches of the tree of life. :)

  4. Ricardocabeza says:

    man this is just so gay. Did a broad come up with this nonsense it seem silly enough to come from a women.

    1. Jenn says:

      And your use of “a women” (plural form) rather than “a woman” (singular) seems just silly enough to come from a man. I’m pretty sure the idea came from idiot politicians trying to polish their reputations, and there’s no gender bias in idiocy.

      1. SamSkwirl says:

        You want to go on a date Jenn?

  5. Barbara says:

    I thought most schools had a no tolerance, anti-bullying rule. If so, wouldn’t there be no name calling 285 days of the school year?

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