March 15, 2014 (Washington DC) - On Thursday, March 13, 2014, in the U.S. Congress, the Sikh Coalition released a groundbreaking national report on the endemic bullying of Sikh school children in America.
The report was released at a briefing in the U.S. Capitol Building organized by the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, and the Sikh Coalition. Congressman Mike Honda, Chair of the Congressional Anti-Bullying Caucus, joined representatives of the Sikh Coalition, congressional staffers, and members of the Sikh community to mark the event.
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The report, entitled "Go Home Terrorist," – A Report on Bullying Against Sikh American School Children, found that the majority of Sikh children, just over 50%, endure school bullying. Even worse, over two-thirds, or 67% of Sikh children report that they are bullied in school. The report is based on surveys and focus groups of over 700 Sikh school children and interviews of over 50 Sikh students in four metropolitan areas: Seattle, Indianapolis, Boston, and Fresno during 2012 and 2013.
The report cites the need for federal data on the bullying of Sikh school children to better target efforts to solve the issue. In addition, the absence of or negative representation of Sikhs in school textbooks nationwide is cited by the report as an opportunity to better combat or mitigate school bullying.
The Sikh Coalition thanks the sangat members of Seattle, Indianapolis, Boston, and Fresno for participating in the research that led to the report. The Sikh Coalition also thanks Hansdeep Singh and Jaspreet Singh, the Co-Founders of International Advocates Against Discrimination for leading the research that led to the production of this report.