Sunday, December 19, 2010

A note about "Bullycide in America"


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case, get an extra case. It won't say that you got a double order on
your order receipt, but you WILL receive a double order in the mail.

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Saturday, November 06, 2010

Government warns schools that bullying can violate civil rights laws

Washington (CNN) -- Bullying and harassment in schools often includes violations of federally protected civil rights, the federal government warned Tuesday in new guidelines for educators on how to address the problem.

If school administrators fail to properly deal with harassment based on gender, race or other issues, they risk being cited for contributing to a pattern of civil rights violations that could, in extreme cases, lead to a cut in federal funding, according to top officials who spoke to reporters on a conference call about the new guidelines.

"In extreme cases, schools could be stripped of their federal education monies if they don't comply with all of our civil rights laws," said Russlynn Ali, assistant secretary for civil rights. Also on the call were Arne Duncan, secretary of education, and White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes.

The issue of harassment gained prominence this year after a spate of suicides by students who were being bullied. President Obama has called for greater awareness of the problem, saying the nation must "dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up."

The guidelines were part of a letter that began "Dear Colleague" sent Tuesday to thousands of schools, colleges, universities and school districts around the country that included examples of bullying and harassment cases that constituted violations of federal civil rights laws.

In addition, the government said the White House will host a conference next year on preventing bullying and harassment, building on efforts by Duncan's department and other agencies.

In August, the Obama administration hosted the first National Bullying Summit and launched a national campaign against bullying.

Ali said the government proposed $410 million in fiscal year 2011 spending for "successful, safe and healthy students," a 12 percent increase over 2010.

In a statement Tuesday, the American Civil Liberties Union welcomed the new government guidelines for making clear that most religious, gender and sexual harassment comes under federal civil rights prohibitions, but it called for expanding the federal law to eliminate any doubt.

"Though the guidance goes far under current law, it does not replace having a federal statute that explicitly protects" lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender students, said Laura Murphy, the director of the ACLU's Washington legislative office.

Murphy called for Congress to pass the Student Non-Discrimination Act, a bill pending in the House and Senate that the ACLU said would guarantee that homosexual and transgender students are explicitly protected from harassment and discrimination under federal law.

The issue of harassment gained prominence this year after a spate of suicides by students who were being bullied. President Obama has called for greater awareness of the problem, saying the nation must "dispel the myth that bullying is just a normal rite of passage or an inevitable part of growing up."

The guidelines were part of a letter that began "Dear Colleague" sent Tuesday to thousands of schools, colleges, universities and school districts around the country that included examples of bullying and harassment cases that constituted violations of federal civil rights laws.

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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Need for improvement in Texas

Parents of Colony boy (TX) who killed self after being bullied urge protections
By WENDY HUNDLEY / The Dallas Morning News

A couple of weeks before a 9-year-old boy from The Colony killed himself, his mother sent a letter to the principal at Stewart's Creek Elementary School.

The boy was being bullied by other students, she wrote. He felt scared and threatened. And his teachers didn't seem to care.

He feels he has "no allies in his court," Debbie Lance wrote about her son, Montana, on Jan. 4. On Jan. 21, the boy walked into the nurse's restroom at the school, slipped a belt around his neck, and hanged himself.

"The Texas law doesn't cover much except transferring kids who are being bullied," said Brenda High, founder of Bully Police. "That doesn't solve the problem. What they need to do is transfer the bad kids."

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Thursday, June 10, 2010

WOW - Bill Cosby says it like it is!

From and article written by Steve Oppermann -

...Bill Cosby's take on the Hadley High School educators:

"I…agree with parent Luke Gelinas, who says superintendent Gus A. Sayer, principal Daniel Smith and school committee chairman Edward J. Boisselle should go."

"Of course, many failing principals, teachers and administrators hide behind the phrase, ‘We didn't know.' That shows why the most important thing you can do as a parent is often to document your contact with those supposedly responsible adults who actually won't help you or your child…"

Mr. Cosby went on to criticize "the supposedly responsible adults at school who failed in their primary responsibility; creating a safe environment in which character and values are modeled by adults and in which academic learning can be maximized. I think the lazy, uncaring cowards that are now finding justifications and asking us to excuse their behavior deserve the strongest consequences."

Friday, May 21, 2010

NY is Talking About an Anti Bullying Law

For many years New York has talked about getting an anti bullying law. Maybe this will be the year...

New York, NY—While some places across the United States have done little about bullying, everyone agrees that it is a problem. New York school administrators and state legislators are now moving to do something about the growing issue. Lawmakers have created new legislation to help fight against bullying at both the state and district level, as reported by

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Monday, May 03, 2010

An assault or a fight? This school has no clue.

According to Josh Duggan Sr., his 16-year-old son, Josh Jr., a sophomore at Fayetteville High School, was walking back to school from lunch, when he was attacked.

"The guy yelled at him, swung him around, asked him if he was ready for round two. My son informed him he didn't want to fight."

But Duggan Sr. says the boy didn't listen. Instead, according to Duggan, the 17-year-old senior kicked his son in the back of the knee breaking his leg, and then slammed his son's head into the concrete until he was unconscious.

Duggan, Sr. says his son's injuries could have been prevented. According to him, this isn't the first time his son has been attacked. The boys had another altercation at school 3 to 4 weeks ago.

"His mother had warned the school officials several times that this kid's not done. This is going to happen again," said Duggan Sr.

He says this is a classic case of bullying gone to the extreme. Police still aren't quite convinced.

"I know it's been reported as a bullying incident, but there is no evidence at this time, after talking with the witnesses and the suspect, of this being any bullying at all. It just seems to be a mutual combat thing between the victim and the suspect," said Sergeant Phelan with the Fayetteville Police Department.

Duggan Sr. strongly disagrees.

"I'm more than a little upset that certain officials are in the press saying that we can't determine if this was a bully attack or if this is a school yard brawl....That goes beyond a school yard brawl. That is excessive brutality. That is psociopathic tendencies coming from another student," said Duggan Sr.

The alleged bully has been arrested and charged with 3rd Degree Battery. Depending on the extent of Duggan Jr.'s injuries, those charges could be upgraded and the suspect could be charged as an adult.

Alan Wilbourne with the Fayetteville School District says they can not comment on the case, but says they are following discipline policies.

Duggan says his son will not be returning to Fayetteville High School and he hopes his son's story can prevent more attacks like these.

"I'm pleading to the city of Fayetteville. Make an example of this kid. Show that bullies go to jail and kids can go to school without fear," said Duggan Sr.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

The Bullies Rule the School Award

From the Houston Chronicle
...An 8-year-old second-grader in Houston, Texas, who said he'd been bullied for months, reached his breaking point when two boys yanked down his pants in front of their class. The unidentified boy jumped from a school balcony. Fortunately, he survived the leap. The school made the boy sign a no suicide contract before his mother arrived promising not to try to harm himself again without first talking to a “caring and supportive adult” at home or school. The teacher aware of the bullying had met with his mother seven times and did nothing to stop it.

Thursday, April 08, 2010

USA TODAY - A 'Watershed' Case

This is a great article:

...The Mohawk Central School District in Upstate New York agreed last week to do more to protect students from harassment as part of a settlement with a 15-year-old gay teenager who said he was bullied so relentlessly he had to change schools. The district also will pay his family $50,000 and cover the cost of counseling services.

In a landmark cyber-bullying case, a California state appeals court ruled last month that free speech doesn't protect legitimate-sounding threats online. The ruling supported a lawsuit by the father of a 15-year-old whose classmates at a Westlake prep school posted death threats and anti-gay rants on the boy's website.

What's the solution? Many experts say there's no substitute for a clear, vigorously enforced school policy on bullying, supplanted by periodic training of the entire staff, from guidance counselors to teachers and lunchroom workers.

Last month, the Massachusetts House and Senate passed different versions of anti-school bullying legislation that the regional office of the Anti-Defamation League says could emerge as the nation's strongest. It would not criminalize bullying, but could mandate an anti-bullying curriculum in schools; training of teachers and staff; and reporting of potentially criminal bullying to law enforcement.

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Friday, April 02, 2010

NY State of Bullying: State Legislature rates 'F'

NY State of Bullying: State Legislature rates 'F' for laws to protect schoolkids: Bully Police

Wednesday, March 31st 2010, 2:19 PM

Bully Police, a national watchdog group, has given the Empire State its lowest possible grade for not passing a law to protect schoolkids from bullies.

It’s not that the state has buried its head in the sand. Legislators have been working on a bullying law for a full decade now. But it has yet to pass.


Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Massachusetts, the 42nd state to get an anti bullying law?

I'm counting down the days - I don't think it will be long now and Massachusetts may have their law. Right now the law is in the reconciliation phase as both state houses have passed their versions of an anti bullying law. The governor has promised to sign the law.

So here's the good news. After reading Senate, No. 2323, AN ACT Relative to Bullying in Schools... It would be a pleasure to give them an A++ grade.

Way to go Massachusetts!!!

Bullied Student Wins $800K Settlement

by Tom Henderson - March 9th

Bullies everywhere are going to find it a lot harder to shove kids into lockers, trip them in hallways, call them degrading names and generally make every day at school a living hell.

That's because one victim didn't get mad. He got a lawyer.

Officials for Hudson Area Schools in Michigan were ordered March 3 by a federal jury to pay former student Dane Patterson $800,000 for failing to protect him from school bullies...

...Patterson tells the newspaper he complained to teachers and administrators, but nothing changed.

"I can't even put into words the pain and suffering that I went through for years," Patterson, now 19, tells the Free Press. "It's something that I would not want anyone else to go through."

The final straw, he says, came when he was a sophomore and a naked student rubbed against him in a locker room. ...

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Boy's act of despair shocks school

Mother blames bullies after 8-year-old allegedly jumps off balcony in suicide try
Copyright 2010 Houston Chronicle
March 27, 2010, 7:43AM

Houston's Blackshear Elementary School is tackling the difficult subjects of bullying and suicide with its student body after an 8-year-old boy repeatedly harassed by classmates allegedly jumped from a 2 ½-story campus balcony on Wednesday.

After being told to leave his classroom by a substitute teacher when two other boys pulled down his pants in front of the class, the second-grader leaped from the school's balcony in view of two other teachers and five students, community activist Quanell X said. Though some bushes broke his fall, preventing serious injury, the boy told school staff he was “tired” because the same students had bullied him for months and his teacher would not stop it, Quanell X said. The HISD Crisis Intervention Team was summoned to help the boy, who has dyslexia...

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