In Anoka, Minnesota, nearly ten students have committed suicide in the past year and a half. Anoka
is part of the congressional district of Congresswoman Michele Bachman,
and it had a policy of neutrality with regards to GLBTQ discussions in its public schools that "The Rolling Stone" reports as having now been replaced. [more inside]
A Michigander questions why an anti-bullying legislation became instead a bully protection tool.
"On Wednesday, the Republican-controlled state senate passed an anti-bullying bill that manages to protect school bullies instead of those they victimize. It accomplishes this impressive feat by allowing students, teachers, and other school employees to claim that 'a sincerely held religious belief or moral conviction' justifies their harassment." [more inside]
Silence of Love from Thai Life Insurance. An advertisement designed to break your heart. And it does.
(Possible triggers, via The
) [more inside]
The Teen Suicide Epidemic in Michele Bachmann's District.
Minnesota's largest school district, Anoka-Hennepin, has been declared a "suicide contagion area"
due to its teen suicide rate. Some point blame at the aggressive anti-gay tactics of Michele Bachmann's allies in the district (coincidentally, Bachmann's husband is an uncertified therapist who runs a clinic offering "reparative therapy"
and calls gay people "barbarians"
who need to be "disciplined," as previously discussed on MetaFilter
Long-time bullying victim finally snaps:
a video of an incident at a Sydney High School has gone viral over the internet three days prior to Australia's National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
. Police and bullying experts are concerned about the level of online support that the fed-up victim's actions have received after the video, filmed by his miscalculating tormentors, was posted to Youtube (since removed and reposted multiple times). The 16 year-old has been suspended from school, but already has an online tribute
to his actions and thousands of Facebook supporters.
Pink releases music video for the song Fuckin' Perfect
: Explicit Version
(Youtube, possibly NSFW) / Radio Edit: Youtube
. Background: Pink's Website
. Note: Both versions of the video depict anorexia, cutting and suicide.
Ken Rex McElroy
for years had terrorized the small town of Skidmore Missouri, and was considered the town bully. He had been charged with more than 20 felonies, robbing, raping, burning, shootings. He intimidated people by driving by at night and firing a shotgun blast, putting a rattlesnake in their mailbox, etc. He was murdered on July 10, 1981. No one in town would identify Ken Rex's killer and no one has ever been charged
with his killing, though there has been intense speculation
about who did it. There have been various dramatic depictions
of the crime. Is vigilante justice ever justified?
Add some purple to your outfit today! October 20th is LBGTQ Spirit Day
. Show your pride by remembering those
who have taken their lives
because of gay bullying
Want to know what your old high school is doing to protect and support its LGBTQ students? Write Your Principal
encourages and collects correspondence about anti-bullying efforts between alumni and their alma maters. [via projects
What Really Happened to Phoebe Prince?
Six teens remained charged--down from the original nine
--in the death of Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after bullying at school
. Legal writer Emily Bazelon of Slate.com continues her investigation of the case with a new three part series:
I've wrestled with how much of this information to publish. Phoebe's family has suffered terribly. But when the D.A. charged kids with causing Phoebe's death and threatened them with prison, she invited an inquiry into other potential causes. The whole story is a lot more complicated than anyone has publicly allowed for. [more inside]
9 Teenagers Charged After Classmate's Suicide.
In April 2009, an 11 year old in Springfield, MA killed himself after enduring relentless anti-gay bullying
. In January of this year, Phoebe Prince--a recent immigrant from rural Ireland to South Hadley, MA--killed herself after months of harassment
from her high school classmates. And now, 10 days after the Massachusetts House of Representatives unanimously passed
an anti-bullying bill, 9 teenagers have been charged in Prince's death
writes in the London Review of Books on the James Bulger murder
It really should be read in conjunction with his earlier piece from 1993
to fully appreciate his stance. Previously   [more inside]
The Observer publish an excerpt of Andrew Rawnsley's new book
, in which he alleges that Gordon Brown has been aggressive and volatile in power. Immediately up pops a representative of an organisation called the National Bullying Helpline
, which says it has received calls from "inside Downing Street", garnering TV news appearances. However, is the NBH all that it seems? [more inside]
A teenage girl named Hope Witsell died
after being tormented for sending a nude photo of herself to a boy. [more inside]
Slate gives you
effective strategies for taking on bullies. It's a good article. More interesting, though, is the sidebar,
aimed at an altogether different
kind of bully. [more inside]
Children Full of Life
- grade 4 students in Kanazawa, Japan learn deep life lessons from their incredible teacher and from each other. I strongly recommend this as awesome, but one caveat: keep tissues handy. (5 parts, 40 minutes total, English)
Four Dead in High School Massacre
"Mentor high school officials confirmed that a girl and two other boys" in addition to Eric Mohat, died. "'We don't believe it's a problem,'" Justin Maynor, communications director for the Mentor Public School District, told ABCNews.com. [more inside]
Sometimes, especially in winter, Kenneth Westhues can hear a flock of crows tormenting a great horned owl outside his study in Waterloo, Ontario. It is a fitting soundtrack for his work. Mr. Westhues
has made a career out of the study of mobbing
. Since the late 1990s, he has written or edited five volumes on the topic. However, the mobbers that most captivate him are not sparrows, fieldfares, or jackdaws. They are modern-day college professors
. [more inside]
Every One That Hates Billy....”
It featured a photograph of Billy’s face superimposed over a likeness of Peter Pan, and provided this description of its purpose: “There is no reason anyone should like billy he’s a little bitch. And a homosexual that NO ONE LIKES.”
Billy, busy building a miniature house, didn’t see it coming: the boy hit him so hard in the left cheek that he briefly lost consciousness. [His mother] remembers the family dentist sewing up the inside of Billy’s cheek, and a school official refusing to call the police, saying it looked like Billy got what he deserved. [more inside]
Defense of Bill Cosby
[...]My crimes that afternoon were two. I committed the transgression of wearing a tweed jacket, black sweater, black slacks and glasses, a no-no for the “ thug barbers" there because to be an appropriate African American by their standards was to wear saggy pants, sport jerseys and doo-rag caps. My second transgression was to bring a book, James Baldwin’s Notes of A Native Son.
Who Pagan Bullies Are and What Makes Them Tick
"Bullying is a compulsive need to displace aggression and is achieved by the expression of inadequacy (social, personal, interpersonal, behavioural, professional) by projection of that inadequacy onto others through control and subjugation (criticism, exclusion, isolation etc)."
A racist bullying case study in wiki format.
Maggie's Cancer Caring Centres
provide beautiful surroundings
in which cancer patients and their families can learn to adjust
to living with the disease. You'd think an organisation called Christian Voice
would support them, but the group instead chose to bully the charity into turning down the proceeds from a gala performance of Jerry Springer, The Opera
(which they believe
to be a deeply offensive work), pretending
to be helping them avoid a scandal, while threatening
them with protests outside their centres around the UK.
'the world's largest resource on workplace bullying and related issues'.
("Look, dad, it's a sociopath
"). Describes why it's hard
to stand up to bullying behaviour, how to do it
, and why
others won't help you.
There's also kickbully.com [previously discussed here]
, which offers basic ground-rules
for dealing with bullies, and suggestions for dealing with specific situations
(including one-liners you might want to try
). But watch out, because the bastards are vengeful
On top of being a teenager, on top of surviving cancer, on top of losing a leg to that cancer, 13-year-old Lacey Henderson, formerly of East Denver's Hill Middle School, had to suffer death threats
and epithets because of her condition. This is just sick.
A million Japanese boys, hiding in their rooms.
I didn't know about this - but then again, by definition, maybe I wouldn't. Domestic hermits aside, I frequently see behavior I'd identify as "borderline mentally ill" slide right under people's radar here in Tokyo, and I'm certain a nihonjin
might think the same thing after a year in my hometowns, New York and San Francisco.
What culturally-specific form does neurosis take in your neck of the woods?
As if verbal and physical threats in the schoolyard
aren't enough. Give a bully a mobile phone and voila, another way of torturing another kid. But which is worse? Being picked on to your face or being bombarded with nasty text messages?
It seems that kids have a pretty rough go of it nowadays. It makes me glad I'm almost a grown up.
Jumping on the infamous Interschool Ho voting booth story Salon is currently running a 4 page article
charting/attacking the rise of 'cyber-bullying', a phenomena defined by students (mostly?) slandered their peers online. In the opening page of the piece the author, all orifices throthing, offers several graphic examples of the trend and gives not only details of the full name and school of a female sophomore victim, an extensive barrage of quotes of what ugly, retarded, hurtful stuff was written about her by some severely mentally unstable individual, but also a relatively prominent, in-your-face link to the smalltime message board in question causing them to replace it with the whimpering redirect message 'Unfortunately, due to an article posted on salon.com, the LHStudents.com website traffic has exceeded maximum capacity and we have no other option but to create a new LHBoard on a different server
Anti-bullying vote blocked by Christian Conservatives
The Washington State bill would have required school districts to set up policies against harassment, bullying and intimidation. Christian conservatives that blocked the vote claim "it amounted to censorship of their right to condemn homosexuality." There is no mention of homosexuality in the bill at all. So this leads me to the conclusion that these Christians condone "harassment, bullying and intimidation." How far from the Golden Rule can you stray and keep a straight face?
Boy, 13, sues teacher after receiving "Fag" candy heart
The lawsuit says the teacher rubbed an inoffensive valentine message off the candy heart and wrote "Fag" on it before giving it to the boy in front of his fellow students. Donald E. Miller, a veteran teacher, also had a habit of pretending that a television remote control was a "fagometer" that he pointed at students. He's being probed by the school.
I want to bring up a concept for debate here that's been gnawing at me for a while, one that most people probably haven't ever thought much about (though I'd be delighted to discover I am wrong about that). It's taken me a few paragraphs to explain, so I don't think I should just publish the whole thing to the front page. Thus, I ask if you all wouldn't mind please jumping inside this thread
for a second and checking it out. If you really hate it, you can back out and move on to something else.
The question I wish to ask, boiled down to one sentence, is this: Should we, as members of a caring, progressive society, have an obligation to be an inclusive society? To see to it that all people are made to feel to be a part of things? A detailed explanation of what I'm getting at is inside. (Yes, yes, I know I've said that I hate the word "progressive" used in any political/sociological sense, but in this case it seems the most appropriate term.)
Good breakdown of complex free speech case
in Canada involving student's threat speech, famous writers (e.g. King, Atwood). (from wood s lot
Divas Defeat Goliath!
The Digital Divas have been successful in their effort to get Microsoft
to cease and desist use of the Digital Diva name.