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Bullied Teen Commits Suicide After Alleged Rape

Bullied Teen Commits Suicide After Alleged Rape | pollution | Scoop.it
A 17-year-old Canadian girl died Sunday following a suicide attempt last week.

In a Facebook memorial page, the girl's mother, Leah Parsons, wrote that Rehtaeh had been shunned and harassed after one of the boys allegedly involved in the rape took a picture of the incident and distributed it to their "school and community, where it quickly went viral."

"Rehtaeh is gone today because of the four boys that thought that raping a 15-year-old girl was okay, and to distribute a photo to ruin her spirit and reputation would be fun," Parsons wrote.


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Bullying: Abuse Goes Digital and Finally Meets Its Match

Bullying: Abuse Goes Digital and Finally Meets Its Match | pollution | Scoop.it
Mashable editor-in-chief Lance Ulanoff gives his take on how the internet has changed bullying.

 

Today’s bullies, though, know that the risks of being known are simply too great. Cyberbullies can attack online — via Facebook, Tumblr, Keek, Instagram, Snapchat and more — without anyone else seeing their dirty work or, if they mask their online identity, without the victim even knowing who they are.

Social-media attacks are, in some ways, completely different from what I experienced, and in other ways, are all too familiar. Aside for the occasional filmed beat down, most of these attacks are completely devoid of physical violence: They are mostly verbal or written attacks. Old-school bullies favored violence. Cyberbullies use words to paint especially painful pictures.

I would also argue that social media sometimes encourages gang behavior. Instead of one bully, we have ten or more. Instead of the natural bully, we have the casual joiner — weak-minded souls who follow the pack.


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The Devastating Effects of Pollution in China (Part 1/2)

We went to the single most polluted place on earth, the coal-mining town of Linfen in Shanxi Province, China, where kids play in dirty rivers and the sun set...
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Chinese water cannons branded useless at fighting air pollution ...

Chinese water cannons branded useless at fighting air pollution ... | pollution | Scoop.it
A £90,000 water cannon installed in China to fight air pollution [EuroPics[CEN]]. Each huge cannon costs £90,000 and have been installed by zealous environmental officials in cities across the world's most populated country.
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London's busiest street 'most polluted place on Earth' — RT UK

London's busiest street 'most polluted place on Earth' — RT UK | pollution | Scoop.it
London's Oxford Street is not only the busiest shopping street in Europe, it's also the most polluted place on Earth, according to new research recently published by UK scientists.
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Cyberbullying and Increased Accountability by Social Networks

Cyberbullying and Increased Accountability by Social Networks | pollution | Scoop.it
An in-depth look at cyberbullying and the accountability that social networks must take when combating this spreading disease of hatred and hurt.

 

It began with Rahteah Parsons. She was only 15 years old when she was sexually assaulted by 4 boys.

When a photo of the attack was circulated, Rahteah endured incessant mocking and harassment  by classmates, both in school and in social media. Unable to deal with the enduring humiliation, Rahteah attempted to take her own life April 7th of this year. She died a few days later.

She was only 17. For two years she suffered.

Then, earlier this month, tragedy struck as 14-year-old Hannah Smith, from Lutterworth in Leicestershire, hung herself after “repeated messages on Ask.fmencouraging her to kill herself and criticizing her appearance.” Ask.fm had already been reportedly linked to 4 other teenage deaths in the last 3 months.


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Dad Publicly Bullies Son To Shame Him For ... Bullying

Dad Publicly Bullies Son To Shame Him For ... Bullying | pollution | Scoop.it

Honk if you hate bullies?

On Tuesday, a boy accused of bullying his schoolmates was forced to stand on a street corner with a humiliating sign as punishment for his behavior, NBC affiliate KCEN-TV reports.

The fourth-grader's father, Jose Lagares, made his son hold a large homemade sign that read: "I am a bully. Honk if you hate bullies."

"Bullying is also a form of public humiliation," Lagares, of Killeen, Texas, told the station. "Maybe he understands that when he humiliates someone publicly that doesn't feel good. Hopefully he'll take that with him so the next time he tries to bully someone he'll think about it twice."


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spencer fouracre wootten's curator insight, November 14, 2013 10:40 PM

He taught his kid a lesson, but I think he could have been a hypocrit. He is bullying his son...to stop bullying? I  think it is great he had his son stand out and take blame for what he did in public. He will probably never bully anyone ever again because of what he had to go through with. overall, i think that the dad went too far, but the results will be posotive.

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The electric Tesla may actually contribute to China's pollution problem

The electric Tesla may actually contribute to China's pollution problem | pollution | Scoop.it
People often misuse the concept of situational irony.
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Don't censor pollution data - South China Morning Post (subscription)

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Don't censor pollution data
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Growing concern about the long-term economic and health implications of pollution has seen air quality elevated in the mainland's public policy priorities.
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