Zero Tolerance Resources

Children who have experienced SJS/TEN are often left with disabilities that make them particularly vulnerable to bullying.

Bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional and that involves an imbalance of power or strength. Often, it is repeated over time. Bullying can take many forms, such as hitting, kicking, or shoving (physical bullying), teasing or name-calling (verbal bullying), intimidation through gestures or social exclusion (nonverbal bullying or emotional bullying), and sending insulting messages by text messaging or e-mail (cyberbullying).

There is a small but growing amount of research literature on bullying among children with disabilities and special needs. This research indicates that these children may be at particular risk of being bullied by their peers. Bullying leaves lasting scars that impede learning and development.


  • Read what the Department of Health and Human Services has to say about bullying and the disabled: [click here]
  • Guide to Bullying Prevention:
  • Hear about the experiences of Julie McCawley and the impact of bullying at her school [click here]
  • Read a comprehensive guide to dealing with bullying of disabled children (from the UK, but still relevant here in the United States) [click here]
  • See a video that demonstrates the impact of bullying on those with disabilities [click here]

The resources gathered for this site are intended to help those with SJS/TEN, who may be experiencing or have experienced bullying, access support and advice in a comprehensive manner. Our thanks to Sarah Boxer, student advocate, who gathered these resources and designed this site, and whose sister Liz recovered from SJS several years ago.

We hope you find these sites useful. Please feel free to share the link to teachers or administrators looking to sensitize youngsters at their schools to the impact of bullying on those with disabilities.

Guide to Bullying Prevention:

When teachers are the bully!