Tips for educators

As each classroom, school, school district, and local context are unique, there is no prescribed way to address religious bullying. While this site offers ideas and information that can help you, and guides below, it is important to consider the best approach for your given context, your student, and your professional and personal well-being. As a primary goal of my research was to find answers that can support fellow teachers, I do hope that the data below is a helpful start. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Additionally, I am sharing context-specific lectures and presentations with educators at McGill University, the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education at the University of Toronto, and the Religious Freedom Center in Washington, D.C. If you would like to schedule a chat or presentation for yourself or other educators in your area/school board/school district about religious bullying, please feel free to reach out to me.

How to prevent religious bullying?

This requires personal development, awareness of the institutional supports that exist, and your professional due diligence.

How to respond to religious bullying?

  • Respond based on the anti-bullying guidelines of your state/provincial/district-based guidelines, and the requirements of your local laws. 
  • Inform and support students and parents to understand what has happened.
  • Seek support from a local interfaith group, or religious and non-religious leaders, who can support the students and parents outside of school. Many reports have shown that some principals and vice principals have been reluctant to respond to bullying. Such local leaders and interfaith groups can be sources of this support instead.

Context and community specific guides and resources to address religious bullying:


HS  MS  Elem  Culture


Valuable tips for educators on bullying overall (including supporting LGBTQ students, and understanding the difference between teasing and bullying) are available from PREVNet here.