No Name-Calling Week

No Name-Calling Week was inspired by the popular young adult novel The Misfits by James Howe. The book tells the story of four best friends trying to survive the seventh grade in the face of all too frequent taunts based on their weight, height, intelligence, sexual orientation, and gender expression. The friends create a new political party during student council elections and run on a platform aimed at wiping out name-calling of all kinds. The No-Name Party wins the support of the school's principal for their cause and their idea for a “No Name-Calling Day” at school.

Motivated by this simple, yet powerful, idea, the No Name-Calling Week Coalition created by GLSEN and Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, consisting of over 60 national partner organizations, organized an actual No Name-Calling Week in schools across the nation, which began in 2004. Since then, No Name-Calling Week has been adopted by schools everywhere and has grown into one of the largest bullying-prevention initiatives in the country.

For more information on how you and your school can participate, visit the No Name-Calling Week website.

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