HEMPSTEAD, NY –Nassau County Executive Laura Curran today joined Nassau County Legislator Josh Lafazan, Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder and local anti-bullying advocates to unveil an invaluable new resource for Nassau County’s schools: NassauStopBullying.org, Nassau’s new antibullying website.
The site, developed by Nassau County’s Department of Information Technology, Department of Heath and Human Services and the Nassau County Police Department, features definitions and explanations of different kinds of bullying, guidance for spotting bullying and bullying prevention resources.
After passing with unanimous support in the Nassau County Legislature, Nassau County Executive Curran signed the NassauStopBullying.org bill on July 11th.
“There is no excuse for bullying,” said Curran. “I am proud to support Legislator Lafazan’s initiative to protect our youth and provide much-needed antibullying resources with this new site."
“When families first confront the ugly realities of bullying, it’s often hard to know where to turn and what to do. By launching NassauStopBullying.org, we hope to make these challenging and frightening moments more manageable for everyone involved,” Lafazan said. “I am extremely grateful for the support County Executive Curran and our colleagues across Nassau County have shown this important initiative.”
Part of the initiative includes identifying a Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) school coordinator for each of Nassau County’s 56 school districts. DASA coordinators will act as antibullying change agents throughout Nassau County’s schools.
“Bullying is dangerous,” said Ryder. “The NCPD is proud to work with the County Executive and Legislator Lafazan on this initiative.”
“Bullying of an individual of any nature should never be tolerated and often leads to more significant negative outcomes as it harbors ill feelings for decades to come,” said Curran. “I applaud Legislator Lafazan’s efforts for bringing this topic to light, for creating a useful website and for aggressively working with other agencies to decrease its harmful effects.”