Sikh Students Talk About Bullying At Florida Conference

A 17-year-old Sikh high school senior gave an hour long presentation, highlighting the insidious bullying faced by Sikh children in schools across the United States during the four-day National Conference on Bullying and Child Victimization in Orlando, Fla. last month.

S. Karanveer Singh, who has written and published a solution-oriented comprehensive book, ‘Bullying of Sikh American Children – Through the Eyes of a Sikh American High School Student,’ spoke Feb. 23 at the conference that was attended by educators, law enforcement officials, probation officers, psychologists, community workers as well as groups like the American Sikh Council.

The American Sikh Council put up an exhibit and disseminated literature about bullying of Sikh American children and the Sikh Faith by educating nearly all of 400 attendees from 47 states as well as Canada and the United Kingdom.

S. Karanveer Singh, S. Kavneet Singh, S. Gulbarg Singh and S. Ishwar Singh represented the American Sikh Council and attended the Feb. 21-24 conference at the Hilton-Double-Tree.

The empathy and concern for the Sikhs by the attendees was visible at the conference with over 125 people, including school administrators, counselors and teachers tied the turban in a show of symbolic solidarity with the Sikhs.

The audience was most appreciative of the information, and proactive approach taken by Karanveer Singh to minimize bullying. High-ranking law enforcement officials complimented the incredible effort put forth by Singh as an “upstanding American role model” to diminish the pain and suffering of peers and others around him. He was commended by many that this extremely useful and timely book can be used by anyone, and not just Sikh Americans.

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