HMS: 6th Grade History
There is a few ways we can prevent Hate Crimes.
Ways adults can help...
- One way is we can have motivational speeches at school to the students.
- Set a good example by showing respect for others through actions, attitudes, and remarks.
- Organize forums to examine possible sources of bigotry and hate violence in the community and brainstorm preventive actions.
- Encourage law enforcement to collect hate crime statistics and make them available to the public.
- Raise public awareness that bias-motivated incidents are crimes and should be reported to law enforcement.
- Support training in identifying and responding to bias-motivated crime for police and sheriff's departments.
- After getting approval from the investigating law enforcement agency, immediately clean up any bias-motivated graffiti. Paint a mural celebrating diversity in its place.
- Work with schools, businesses, or community groups to sponsor poster or essay contests on "How Bias-related Crimes Hurt Our Community."
- Offer support to a co-worker or neighbor who has been a victim of a bias-motivated crime.
Ways young people can help....
- Start a conflict resolution program in their school.
- Say hello to, and have a conversation with, someone who may appear different from them.
- Reject all stereotypes.
- Report incidents of discrimination or hate crimes to parents and teachers.
- Start a peer education program - to teach bias awareness to younger children.
- Organize a community-wide Day of Respect or Day of Dialog, in which all members in your community can share strategies to prevent hate crime.
- Mentor a younger child. Use their creative talents-sing, -write, or paint to share positive anti-violence messages.
- Start a school or town crime watch program.
- Advocate violence prevention by writing to their local government representative and sharing their ideas.
- Offer support to a classmate who has been a victim of a bias-motivated crime.