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. ...

For more about this story go to: http://www.parentdish.com/2010/03/09/anti-bullying-ruling-an-atomic-wedgie-for-bullies-everywhere/

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...

Read the story at http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/hotstories/6932149.html