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Boys & Girls Club of Easton hosts program to teach anti-bullying tactics - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com

Boys & Girls Club of Easton hosts program to teach anti-bullying tactics - The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
Boys & Girls Club of Easton hosts program to teach anti-bullying tactics The Express Times - LehighValleyLive.com The program was launched in fall 2012 to help schools, recreation departments and youth organizations be physically active in their...
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The Boys and Girls Club and FlagHouse teamed up to offer a program called, “Play Well with Others… Be Active against Bullying.”  It is a program about activity-based bullying awareness and prevention for professionals who work with children.  The participants played games and activities that required teamwork and problem solving as a way to be active against bullying.  The anti-bullying activities stress the importance of being a bystander in a bullying situation and how a person must take action and tell someone.  The creator also stressed the importance in building a sense of community between children.  A quote that really stuck out to me was “Kids are always looking for something to do, the more busy they are, the less bullying there will be.”  I thought this quote was very interesting and fairly true.  It is important to keep children busy with fun and meaningful activities rather than having them have too much free time when they could cyber bully other children.  Children need to be monitored to make sure they are not hurting themselves or someone else.            

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Former KC Chiefs Player Tells Students To Speak Up Against Bullying - WIBW

Former KC Chiefs Player Tells Students To Speak Up Against Bullying - WIBW | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
Former KC Chiefs Player Tells Students To Speak Up Against Bullying
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A former Kansas City Chief spoke to an area elementary school on the dangers of bullying.
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A former Kansas City Chief player, Ricky Siglar, spoke to students in an elementary school about bullying.  It is inspiring that a former athlete took the time to speak to these young children about bullying.  He spoke about cyber bullying and the underlying issues that cause bullying.  He spoke about the bully is no longer the “big scary kid” like it was when he was in school.  Now everyone could be a bully.  These days a lot of bullying takes place on the Internet and after school.  Children hide behind their computers and taunt other children for no reason.  Parents need to be aware of what their children are doing on the Internet at all times.  It is important that parents have control over what their children are doing at all times.  Parents must have an open forum with their children and explain all the consequences that come with bullying.  They must explain how hurtful bullying and mean words could be to another person.  The school must reach out to parents and share all the astonishing facts about cyber bullying, because it is still such a new concept in today’s society.  

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Girl Gets Hair Ripped Off To The Scalp During Bullying Incident - CBS Local

Girl Gets Hair Ripped Off To The Scalp During Bullying Incident - CBS Local | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
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Girl Gets Hair Ripped Off To The Scalp During Bullying Incident
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CARROLL COUNTY, Ga. (CBS Atlanta) – An 8-year-old girl had her scalp ripped by bullies as they were pulling her hair extensions out at school.
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An 8-year old from Georgia had her hair pulled out by bullies and part of her scalp most likely will be permanently damaged.  This little girl was bullied for weeks at school because she had hair extensions and the girls wouldn’t stop.  The girls would pull the hair extensions everyday and she would cry all the time because she didn’t have friends to help protect her.  After the little girl was hurt she was rushed to the emergency room and had to shave her whole head.  The doctors said the hair on that part of her scalp might never regrow.  The little girl is not suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.  I think it is so sad that this little girl was starting to be bullied at such a young age.  School should be a fun safe place for children, not a scary place with no friends and bullies.  If school is a hostile environment children will not be eager or willing to learn.  Children would never want to go to school and will be miserable the whole time they are there because of bullies.  The bullies need to have harsh punishments for what they put this little girl through.      One of the girls has in-school suspension, but this little girl is scarred for life so there should be harsher punishments.   Bullies need to be punished appropriately for their actions.

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Bianca Lea Iacono's curator insight, December 15, 2013 12:19 AM

“Girl Gets Hair Ripped Off To The Scalp During Bullying Incident” –that is the scariest title I’ve ever read. An 8-year-old girl from Carroll County Georgia had her scalped ripped by bullies as they tried to pull out her hair extensions. The poor girl, Aolani Dunbar, was picked on for weeks at school because of her hair extensions and it didn’t stop until it got violent. “They kept pulling it and pulling it, especially on the playground…everybody got a chance and I was in the gazebo sitting there crying because I have no friends to play with that will protect me.” I was extremely emotional when I read this quote because no eight year old should be crying as kids get the chance to torment her and physically abuse her while there are no adults to help. School should be a safe place where kids feel comfortable and are only concerned with learning and interacting with their friends. Kids shouldn’t fear going to school because of bullies. We can’t expect kids to learn and participate in school if their only concern is trying to get through the day without being tormented. Aolani was taken to the emergency room after the incident and the attack left her with a wound so severe that she had to shave her entire head to avoid infection. Doctors say that she may never grow hair on the part of her injured scalp again. According to her family Aolani now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. I’m appalled that bullying can go this far. Only one of the girls that tormented Aolani got in-school suspension. There need to be harsher consequences for bullying because in school suspension is just not enough. Schools need to promote anti-bullying and inform the kids of the affects that bullying can have on an individual. Some serious steps need to be taken and things need to change. 

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11 Staggering Facts About Bullying In America

11 Staggering Facts About Bullying In America | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
It's World Bullying Prevention Day.
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There is actually a National Bullying Prevention Month and World Bullying Day in October.  I was not aware of this type of day, but I feel it is very important for children to be aware of this.  It is important for students, educators, and parents to be aware of all the types of bullying and how it takes place.  The facts on bullying were very interesting and upsetting.  One in three American children are bullied throughout schools grades six through ten.  This is such a large percentage of children who get bullied every year.  About 160,000 children miss school everyday because they are bullied.  School should be a sage environment for students; they should not be missing school constantly because they are scared to be bullied.  Nine out of ten LGBT students report being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.  Such young children are being picked on because of their sexual orientation, which will not give them much hope for the future, because they started to get bullied at such a young age.  Moreover, one out of every ten students drop out of school as a result of bullying.  Although there is a National Bullying Prevention Month and World Bullying Day, it seems as if schools aren’t taking as much action as they should be to help the students who are constantly getting bullied.  Schools need to have strict policies regarding bullying so the students are less likely to bully other students.  It is very important for school to be a safe environment for students.  Schools need to ensure that their students are comfortable and feel safe in both the learning environment and social environment in school.  Administrators need to take bullying very seriously and enforce the bullying policy in their schools.           

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Supreme Court Declines to Take Up School Bullying Case

Supreme Court Declines to Take Up School Bullying Case | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal seeking to hold a Pennsylvania school district responsible for repeated bullying of a high school student by one of her peers.
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In 2008, a court upheld that the Blackhawk High School in Beaver County, PA did not hold a strong enough relationship to get involved with student conflict. In this case, there was a young girl who was getting bullied because of racial motivation.  There were threats and physical assaults.  One time the girl was attacked in the cafeteria, and was suspended for defending herself.  The bully was charged in juvenile court, but ultimately was able to return to Blackhawk high school. The bullying of Brittany Morrow continued. Brittany’s parents withdrew her from the high school and sent her to an alternate one. Later, the family filed a lawsuit for violations of their 14th amendment substantive-due-process rights.  They claimed the school allowed the aggressor to return despite mandated orders from court, which stated there should be no contact between the girls.  The school should have been more supportive and took action to stop the bullying taking place.  The Supreme Court would not appeal this case because the school said the issue was not related to them, they said that they suspended the student so no one else would be bullied.  True, the school tried to prevent the problem from happening again, but they should have stopped it from happening in the first place.  It is so frustrating that schools do not have stricter policies regarding bullying.  The Supreme Court should have taken this more seriously and appeal the case.  If the Supreme Court did appeal this case, more schools would make stricter policies about bullying and more appropriate punishments, which are definitely needed.       

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Charges in Rebecca Sedwick's suicide suggest 'tipping point' in bullying cases

Charges in Rebecca Sedwick's suicide suggest 'tipping point' in bullying cases | Bullying in Schools | Scoop.it
The cyberbullying case in which two girls, ages 14 and 12, face felony stalking charges in the suicide of a 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick marks "a tipping point"
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Crazy to see how vicious young girls are! So sad such a young girl killed herself after being bullied for so long.  A 14 year old was telling a 12 year old, Rebecca Sedwick, to drink bleach and kill herself for months.    Sedwick went for help at her school, but they did not take her seriously enough.  A 14 year old and her parents may be getting arrested because of the terrible events and bullying that took place.  What was even more astonishing to me is that after Sedwick killed herself one of the girls who was bullying her made her Facebook status, “IK I bullied REBECCA and she killed herself but IDGAF.”  I thought that was the most absurd thing I’ve ever heard.  I cannot get over that this child had no remorse for bullying someone so much that they killed themselves.  Parents need to be more aware of what their children are doing.  Children need to be taught and brought up in a safe environment.  As a result of the new social media and technology that children grow up in this generation there is no way to monitor what children are doing on a daily basis.  Parents did not grow up with the same media their children are growing up with, so it is hard for them to fully understand the dangers that come with this technology.  Parents need to be more aware of bullying, the way children bully each other, who bullies who, and who their children are close with and speaking too.  Parents need to take bullying more seriously. 

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Bianca Lea Iacono's curator insight, December 13, 2013 3:31 AM

This is a horrifying article about how bullying kids in school can lead to serious consequences. I was sick to my stomach reading this article about Rebecca Sedwick and the girls that tormented and bullied her for 10 months. The two girls Guadalupe Shaw and Katelyn Roman bullied Rebecca incessantly and essentially stalked her, telling her to kill herself. Rebecca was being harassed to the point where she didn’t see a way out. She went to administration and tried to find a solution but her problem wasn’t taken seriously enough. On September 9th 2013, Rebecca jumped to her death from the top of an abandoned concrete plant. Guadalupe Shaw’s response to Rebecca’s death was a facebook post that read, “Yes IK I bulled REBECCA nd she killed her self but IDGAF.” I couldn’t believe what I was reading. After seeing that her actions had caused another human being to take her life, Shaw felt no remorse. It’s sickening that behavior like this goes on in schools and is overlooked by teachers, principles and parents. Initially all I felt was anger—how could someone torture a 12 year old to the point where she kills herself? How could someone be so cruel and cold? The article continues on to say that we need harsher punishments for bullies and that the police should be more involved. My question is, where are the parents of Shaw and Roman during all of this? How are parents that oblivious to the fact that their daughters are tormenting a little girl everyday for ten months? What are their home lives like? Have they never been taught how to treat and respect other people? I think in these situations, you really have to look at what the parents are/aren’t doing. Bullying needs to be taken more seriously and there have to be greater consequences for bullies like Shaw and Roman. 

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8 Tips to Protect ELLs from Bullying in Your Classroom and School | ELL Topics from A-Z | Colorín Colorado

ELLs can be an easy target for school bullies. Language Lizard offers these tips for addressing bullying problems (including cyberbullying) that may affect ELLs.
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I really liked this article because it had advice for adults, both parents and teachers, on how to handle bullying.  The article said to set ground rules, give clear examples, set consequences, be informed on the signs of bullying, take the children seriously if they say they’re getting bullied or see people getting bullied, you must inform the parents and administrators on what issues are going on, and most importantly write down what you see.  It is so important for students to feel safe and be able to trust their teacher.  School is a safe place for students so their teacher should be a safe source to go to and confide in.  This article said that students are tending to report bullying more often because they feel like they have the support of teachers and parents.  Students need this security.  True, bullying can happen anywhere, but most often it occurs within schools therefore, teachers need to be able to identify the signs of bullying and figure out solutions to these problems.  Schools need to be taking these active steps to prevent bullying.  Teachers should go through information sessions to learn about the signs of bullying and how to prevent bullying inside the classroom.  Of course teachers can only have a certain amount of control over bullying between their students, but the control they can have regarding bullying should be taken into consideration.  Teachers should take the responsibility to make sure their students are protected and safe in the classroom.         

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