It Gets Better

Today, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a new video where Department staff share personal stories and identify tools that support students experiencing bullying. In response to students suffering bullying in schools, ED has redoubled efforts to give parents, educators, and students the tools they need to stop harassment, including through the website and civil rights enforcement.

We have also joined thousands of supportive messages, and numerous fellow agencies and Obama Administration colleagues, in the “It Gets Better” project.  And while ED staff explain that their experiences got better over time, we also want to emphasize that students shouldn’t have to wait – together we can help make it better today, not tomorrow.

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Jessica McKinney works in the Office of the Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education 


  1. I would like to see more of a teen format that deals with bullying issues that help individuals who are being dealing with being bullied for monies, work, clothing and beating by bullies. The video was informative for LBGT, but needed a teen format.

  2. The entire anti-bullying “It gets Better” video only addresses gay students & workers but doesn’t cover other prohibited bullying issues. A 2nd video should be made concerning race/national origin bullying & verbal/physical slurs & attacks in the hallway & on the playgaround. I just finished handling a case where an Hispanic-American elementary school boy with a severe LD condition endured 3 months of such slurs with “Stupid” the most repeated word on the playground. He was finally physically attacked by several boys, punched & knocked down, kicked while down, bruises showing up from this beating, but this boy was the one punished via his Principal suspending him & then expelling him out of school. Have the next video have a parent describing such incidents, & the student bullied based on race or national origin or disability, tell us how it feels & how he/she was able to endure.

  3. I am the superintendent of a juvenile detention center and I thought this would be a good video to use with our kids during their PREA orientation. But, I was wrong. This will not hold a kid’s interest and is not “direct” enough. Many of the juveniles we house have trouble following abstract ideas…they need direct, simple information that they can relate to. This video is a “starting point”, but it needs to be kids talking about their stories….and giving insight about how this sort of bullying was handled by them and if it worked or not. Then have some “former bullies” tell what they did and why they did it…and finally, what made them finally see that their actions were wrong. I think that kind of video would be much better received, and the information would be more likely to be used. thanks…we’re heading in the right direction!!!

  4. Glad that the conversation on bullying is finally taking place. But this video makes it seem as though we’re only protecting gay kids from being terrorized. It tells kids that the only officially recognized and protected victims are gay.

  5. Outstanding video. It’s important that we are visible to prevent suicides and create an environment of acceptance. School should always be a safe place but unfortunately it is not.

    This will make a difference.

  6. Well done! Thank you Secretary Duncan and all who participated. I see the audience for this to be school administrators, teachers, counselors, parents, and others who work with or on behalf of students. It would be great if ED would produce an It Bets Better video with the same message (and maybe throw in DOMA is dead!) in a format that’s more appropriate for teens and tweens.

  7. I am curious who your intended audience is for this video. The information is really important and the stories are valuable but if you want students to watch it you need a format that is more engaging than people in suits talking.

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