Kavneet Singh with educators at the SSAC Conference
The American Sikh Council (ASC) exhibited at the National Conference on Bullying organized by School Safety and Advocacy Council (SSAC) held at the Omni Orlando Resort, Champions Gate, FL from July 25 – 26, 2022.
ASC representative Kavneet Singh organized and set up a Sikh exhibit at the National Conference on Bullying which was held for two days attended by over 1,000 principals, school counselors, police officers, prosecutors, juvenile investigators, education policy specialists, school resource officers, diversity/bullying specialists, child protective services, probation officers, internet crime investigators, teachers, school psychologists, judges, community workers, university professionals, professors, graduate students and others specialists. There were 100 exhibitors and many educational sessions covering, school safety, bullying, racism, bias, suicide prevention, and more.
Marie D stated, “The information given by Kavneet Singh was an eye-opener for many of us. The history of Sikh Americans and contribution by many of them is phenomenal yet the continued bullying of Sikh American children is heart breaking and unacceptable.”
Kavneet Singh at School Resource Officers the ASC exhibit
This was the fifth year American Sikh Council (ASC) representatives interacted with the convention attendees by educating and answering many questions posed by the various specialists and educators. Brochures covering the Sikh Turban, Sikhs and Scouts, History of Sikh Americans, Sikh Genocide 1984 – 1998, Bullying of Sikh American Children were displayed and distributed. The recently published book supported by the American Sikh Council ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student’, www.bullyingasikhamericanchildren.org was displayed; as this is another resource tool which can be used by all school professionals and law enforcements officials to help stop the widespread bullying and victimization of many minorities groups like the Sikh American children.
Bullying of Sikh American school children is a pervasive problem across America. The networking and the outcome of ASC’s collective work was a great success, but in order to continue to sustain this ongoing work ASC requests all the gurdwaras to generously support these very important educational initiatives in order to help our next generation thrive and not simply survive.