July 23, 2014 at 6:28 am

5 Smart Steps to Combat Workplace Bullying

Every time I opened my mouth to speak during staff meetings, this guy at work would cut me off. “That’s not true,” he’d say loudly, or, “I disagree with that.” Then he’d launch into his own argument – part of which would trash mine.

This became such an uncomfortable occurrence in our weekly team meetings that all I could do was back down. After the meetings, this older and more experienced worker would charge into my office and continue his diatribe about whatever point he had disagreed with earlier.

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A manager finally took me aside and urged me to stand up to the guy – though she herself wouldn’t. This was my moment of truth. Was there a difference between being bullied at work – and intimidated? Was this person testing me as a young 24-year-old professional to see just how tough I was? 

In the end, I learned how to stop the intimidation – a sign that this wasn’t bullying, since I had the power to change the behavior. An executive coach helped me develop specific techniques to combat the guy’s morale-damaging actions, which finally made him back off and helped me preserve both my job and my peace of mind.

While none of that was easy, today people claim “workplace bullying” at the drop of a hat – at a tremendous cost to business. Real bullying on the job, however, is a huge issue and something to take very seriously.

“I’m a big believer in letting bullies know when they’re bullying,” says Jon Gordon, a workplace strategist and author of The Carpenter: A Story About the Greatest Success Strategies of All. “Whether it’s a co-worker or a boss, you can confront that person in a constructive way. When you’re strong but positive, you create healthy boundaries that protect you.”

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Workplace bullying is defined very specifically. The Workplace Bullying Institute says it is behavior that:

  • Is driven by the perpetrator’s need to control others.
  • Has specific targets, timing, location, and methods.
  • Undermines legitimate business interests.
  • Includes acts of commission or omission (in the latter case it includes withholding key resources so the victim can’t do his job well).
  • Has real consequences for those being bullied, including physical, psychological and emotional reactions.  
  • Escalates to involve others, who often end up siding with the bully either voluntarily or through coercion.

Roughly a third of workers say they’ve experienced bullying on the job, according to a 2014 Zogby poll by the Workplace Bullying Institute – but 56 percent of employers say they have no formal procedures in place for combating workplace bullies.

The issue is now so widely acknowledged that many state legislatures have introduced bills to push employers to take action against bullies – or face consequences. Fifteen states now have active bills against workplace bullying, The Boston Globe reported.

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“In 2005, Massachusetts became the sixth state to introduce the Healthy Workplace Bill, which allows a victim to sue a fellow employee, the employer, or both,” says The Globe. “If the offending party is found liable, a court may mandate reinstatement, back pay, medical expenses, and compensation for pain and suffering, among other damages. The bill exempts employers if they can prove they acted promptly to correct any abusive behavior. The bill also attempts to distinguish between frivolous claims and legitimate abuse.”

Actually suing a bully and a workplace can be an ordeal. What can employees do when they think they’re being bullied at work? Experts say that while bullying takes many forms, there are specific steps employees can take to at least identify the problem. Michele Woodward, an executive coach in the D.C. area, offered these pointers:   

Step 1: Determine if you’re really being bullied or “if the other person is just a jerk. It’s bullying when that person’s behavior prevents you from fully doing your job, such as denying you information or support, or excluding you from key meetings, or when there is a threat of violence,” says Woodward.  

Step 2: If it is bullying, do as much as you can to distance yourself from the bully, both physically and emotionally. “Rather than dwell on how the bully operates, focus on other aspects of your job. What you focus on grows bigger in your life.”

Related: You’ve Quit Your Job. Here’s What to Do Next.

Step 3: Understand you cannot change a bully. “Too many people believe that the bully will eventually stop bullying them,” says Woodward. “So they continue in a relationship with someone whose entire motivation is to dominate and belittle. This is not good for anyone’s health. You can’t change a bully, so don’t try.”

Step 4: “If you ever feel physically threatened with violence, go to an HR executive immediately,” says Woodward.

Step 5: If you cannot distance yourself from the bully and you’ve gone up the chain of command or to HR without luck, “it’s time to start looking for a new job, either internally in a different department, or outside the organization,” says Woodward.

The bottom line is that workplace bullies “are stressors, and when stress goes unabated, it compromises your physical and mental health,” says the Workplace Bullying Institute. Remember that if you are being bullied, you didn’t cause it, you’re not alone – and you don’t have to take it.  

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CMCSS bullying report shows decrease in bullying

Bullying is something no parent wants their child to experience and can hinder a child’s learning experience in the school environment.

Tuesday evening, the Clarksville-Montgomery County School Board met for a study session to discuss what steps are being taken within the school system to prevent harassment and bullying and to raise awareness.

Kathy Phillips, student services manager, presented the annual report of bullying and harassment incident for the 2013-14 school year.

The report, which is required by state law, showed that overall more faculty, staff and students received awareness and prevention training than in the 2012-13 school year.

“We don’t want any student to be a victim of bullying and fall through the cracks,” Phillips said to the board. “We want to make it easy for any student or staff to (prevent) bullying. We want to make sure investigations are thorough. … All schools know bullying is a problems, and we have to intervene.”

Recorded bullying incidents

Bullying that was reported, investigated and founded to be bullying was recorded according to state laws.

In elementary schools, which had a population of 15,711 students, there were approximately 69 founded bullying incidents reported. It made up approximately .43 percent of the population and showed a decrease from the 109 incidents reported the previous school year.

At the middle school level, which had 7,048 students, there was 186 bullying incidents founded. That accounted for 2.6 percent of the population and was a decrease from 197 founded reports the previous school year.

Of the 8,454 high school students, there were 58 bullying incidents founded. That made up .68 percent of the population and showed a slight increase from the 47 reported in 2012-2013.

Overall there were 313 bullying incidents founded. That accounted for 1 percent of the student population, according to the report. In the 2012-2013 school year it was at 1.1 percent.

“That may not seem like a lot and it’s not a lot by the number, but if you are in that 1 percent, it is a life-changing issue for you,” Phillips said. “We have to deal with the issue of bullying. We have to be vigilant about dealing with it, and evry child must know they are important in that school and we care about every student. Even though it’s a small number, we still have to deal with this.”

Prevention programs

Approximately 22,892 students in elementary, middle and high school levels attended bully prevention programs. Each school has the discretion to create its own bullying prevention programs. Some have had ongoing programs, and others do one-day assemblies or sessions.

There was a total of 30,218 students attending CMCSS schools in 2012-13, and 20,456 attended bullying prevention training. In 2013-14, there were 31,213 student and 22,892 attended sessions. In some cases students received more than one training.

Staff training

In the 2013-14 school year, a total of 4,373 faculty and staff attended training sessions. There are approximately 4,100 employees at CMCSS, and numbers were higher because some employees received multiple training.

The school year prior, there were 3,971 employees who received training.

During the 2012-13 school year, the policy on bullying, hazing and harassment was updated and new procedures developed to report and investigate bullying-related acts.

All school administrators were trained in the new policy, and employee bullying awareness and training was given to provide clarity and set a clear expectation for all employees, according to the report.

School resource officers (SROs) were trained to identify and intervene in bullying.

Phillips said next school year they are stressing for better reporting of the different bullying prevention session students undergo.

“It ensured everyone was working from the same definition,” Phillips said about the training. “It provided clarification, and everyone knows how to intervene and how to report.”

For the 2014-15 school year, the school system will complete bullying awareness and prevention training for all their employees and continue training for students in schools. They also plan to implement updated policy and procedure and provide information to parents via the official ccmcss.net website.


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East Taunton family suspects cyberbullying is what led teen to commit suicide

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By Maria Papadopoulos
The Enterprise

Posted Jul. 22, 2014 @ 11:54 pm
Updated at 12:06 AM


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New bullying policy added to St. Peter Public School District handbooks


On Monday, the School Board also:

• Renewed its membership in the Minnesota State High School League and Minnesota School Boards Association. 

• Approved 2014-15 goals for the superintendent of schools.

• Approved an updated community relations policy. 

• Approved a service provider agreement with True North Consulting Partners LLC, which is made up of former superintendents Jeff Olson and Terry Quist. Olson will assist the district in coordinating and facilitating partnership discussions, community input sessions and developing comprehensive information materials to prepare for a planned construction bond referendum that would allow the district to build a new high school. He will be paid $550 per full day. 

Posted: Tuesday, July 22, 2014 11:15 am

Updated: 5:50 pm, Tue Jul 22, 2014.

New bullying policy added to St. Peter Public School District handbooks



School board members say a new anti-bullying policy will not substantially change how St. Peter Schools handles bullies, but puts its practices down on paper.

“In its entirety, this policy really formalizes what we did in the past,” board member Sharon Fitch said, adding that changes to the school’s bullying policy were mandated by the state Legislature.

Gov. Mark Dayton signed a new anti-bullying bill into law earlier this year. Called the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, it requires schools to adopt new anti-bullying policies, offer anti-bullying training for their teachers and keep detailed records of bullying when it is reported.

The School Board OK’d a first reading of the new policy July 21. It must have the new rules in place for the 2014-15 school year. Once finalized and approved, the new policy will be added to the district’s handbooks.

Fitch, a member of the district’s policy review committee, says St. Peter Schools already takes a strong stance against bullies and is doing what is required by the new state law. But the new policy will be much more specific and establish clear timelines for how the district investigates new reports of bullying.

The law sets a three-day window for school districts to start looking into cases and designates a “go-to” staff member for bullying matters, in St. Peter’s case the building’s principal.

The law also requires school’s to adopt a standard definition of bullying:

“’Bullying’ means intimidating, threatening, abusive or harming conduct that is objectively offensive and: 1) an actual or perceived imbalance of power exists between the student engaging in the prohibited conduct and the target of the prohibited conduct, and the conduct is repeated or forms a pattern; or 2) materially and substantially interferes with a student’s education opportunities or performance or ability to participate in school functions or activities or receive school benefits, services or privileges.”

The new policy also includes a clear definition of cyber bullying.

State law also requires that the district train teachers and staff on the new anti-bullying procedures. In addition, it must keep thorough records of reported bullying — the new law requires administrators to formally report incidents as part of the investigative procedure.

Handbook changes

The School Board voted July 21 to adopt several changes to the South Elementary, North Intermediate and Middle/High School parent handbooks. Some of the changes are as follows:

South Elementary —

• Students who arrive after 9 a.m., but prior to 1 p.m. will be recorded as absent for half a day.

• Rebecca Arsenault is the Homeless Education Liaison and can be reached at 507-934-2754, Ext. 237.

• To help alleviate congestion in the parking lot before and after school, parents are encourage to consider using the Washington Avenue and Aspen Street pick-up areas.

North Intermediate—

• A physical note must be supplied by parent/guardian prior to release of student to an unlisted contact individual.

Middle/High School—

• There will no longer be a dedicated “commons” area, due to lack of space and staffing constraints.

Reach reporter Jessica Bies at 507-931-8568 or follow her on Twitter.com @sphjessicabies

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NoBullying releases a Guide to Teenagers Bullying

NoBullying.com releases a guide to Teenagers’ Bullying – http://nobullying.com/teenagers-bullying/.

London, UK (PRWEB) July 22, 2014

It is not a simple task to be a teenager. With raging hormones and awkward social interactions contributing to a chaotic feeling of impending youth, adding bullying and peer pressure can turn a teenager’s life can to a recipe for disaster. NoBullying releases a guide to teenagers bullying.

The guide defines at first what is bullying and how it contributes to emotional abuse and an uneasy path through life.

Teenagers’ bullying actions can include, but are not limited to, threatening or demeaning behaviors meant to belittle or target someone and hostile cyber bullying texts. Those actions can also include obsessive calls, stalking, internet stalking, harassment, social media attacks and name calling. Other berating behaviors can also include physical intimidation and even more overt physical acts of violence and abuse.

The guide also lists where bullying is most common in the United States and around the world as well as tips for parents on teaching children how to cope with being bullied.

The moment a child starts feeling a sense of importance and popularity without having a lot to to do with achievements or personal traits is one of the main causes behind turning into a bully. Being seen as a leader will attract friends to join the bully’s bullying group, thus giving the bully more power and attention, which is exactly what he/she needs.

Another major factor in bullying is self esteem. Self esteem issues can also contribute to bullying dynamics. For a teenager, bullying can seem like an easy solution to raise low self esteem. This is not a conscious decision, but an underlying desire to undercut others to make themselves feel more powerful.

The guide also warns against the effects of child abuse. With a violent upbringing, a child growing up in an environment of parental bullying can make him/her more inclined to lash out against others. It is also a recipe for adult bullying other adults in the future.

Knowing what to look for in adolescent behavior as well as proper preventative education and a strong dialog between caregivers are all needed attributes to minimize the damage of such behaviors. Bullying may be unavoidable in some cases, but adults have the power to protect and minimize the damage potentially happening to teens.

The guide is one call to action for parents, educators and health professionals to campaign strongly against all sorts of bullying.

Macartan Mulligan, Co-Founder of NoBullying.com, said “Bullying isn’t just hitting someone in the schoolyard, sometimes bullying can be in the form of spreading evil rumors or saying unkind words. All sorts of bullying need to stop today. ”

He added that parents and teachers should make a point to educate the younger generations about the sad outcome of bullying online and offline. According to Mulligan, it is quite imperative to press for more firm laws condemning all acts of bullying and harassment.

NoBullying.com features many pages dedicated to parents, teens, teachers, health professionals as well as posts related to cyber safety and the latest news about law making concerning curbing Bullying worldwide as well as inspirational Bullying Poems and famous Bullying Quotes.

The website regularly updates its bullying statistics and cyber bullying statistics as it is essential to understand how widespread the bullying epidemic is. It also regularly runs cyber bullying surveys and questionnaires to get recent updated statistics on everything related to cyberbullying.

He also added that anyone suffering from bullying in any form or way can always find advice and help on the NoBullying website – but if anyone is suffering from severe bullying or cyber bullying, the best thing is to talk to someone locally – a parent, teacher or local organization that has been set up to help with specialized councilors to deal with this topic.

For the original version on PRWeb visit: http://www.prweb.com/releases/2014/07/prweb12033716.htm

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Boxer speaks at anti-bullying event Local boxer Jerry Belmontes spoke during …

CORPUS CHRISTI – Local boxer Jerry Belmontes dropped out of prekindergarten and kindergarten because he was bullied.

He spoke to about 130 children participating in the Corpus Christi Parks Recreation Department’s Latchkey Program at Schanen Elementary School about what he should have done during an anti-bullying presentation on Tuesday.

Belmontes said when he was a young child he was picked on because he liked to play with toys that some kids thought were for girls.

“What I should have done was tell a teacher or an adult what was going on,” he said.

He began learning to box at age 9 and said that it helped him deal with the anger and frustration of being picked on.

The latchkey program has had several speakers over the summer including members of the military, representatives from colleges and individuals to speak on the topics of reading, nutrition and recycling.

Other anti-bullying efforts also are ongoing locally.

Mayor Nelda Martinez is among more than 170 mayors from across the country to sign on to the Mayors’ Campaign to End Bullying, a national initiative to develop ways to fight bullying in schools.

The push was the result of a partnership between the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Bully Project.

“I support this global effort to inform people about why bullying should not be tolerated by anyone, especially our children,” Martinez said in a city news release. “We owe it to this new generation to be vigilant against bullies and to change their hearts and minds. The future of our children’s success should always be protected.”

Corpus Christi will be among several cities that have access to support from education experts at the University of Illinois. National Bullying Prevention Month is in October.

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July 22, 2014 at 6:27 pm

Phoenix Mayor Stanton joins anti-bullying project

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has signed on to participate in a new coalition to raise awareness about the effects of bullying.

The coalition between the BULLY Project and the U.S. Conference of Mayors aims to curb bullying in cities throughout the Southwest.

The BULLY Project on Tuesday announced the collaboration with mayors from Phoenix, Houston, Sante Fe, N.M., Corpus Christi, Texas, Tempe, Laredo, Texas, and Las Cruces, N.M.

The project stems from the success of “Bully,” a 2011 film documenting bullying in schools across the country. The project provides resources to schools in the U.S. to combat bullying.

The new partnership will give the mayors resources to host educational events in their communities, including screenings of the film, educate students and raise awareness of the effects of bullying, according to a news release.

The collaboration comes one month after the U.S. Conference of Mayors launched the Mayors’ Campaign to End Bullying at its annual meeting in Dallas, which received support from 170 of the conference’s members.

Stanton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Every day, 160,000 kids in America stay home from school to avoid being bullied, according to PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, a Minneapolis-based anti-bullying advocacy organization.


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Anti-bullying campaign to hold arm wrestling event, fundraiser in Jersey City – The Star

Attendees will go “arm to arm” during the Second Annual Arm Wrestling Championship at the Boys and Girls Club in Jersey City on Aug. 30.

“The championship will be a fun way to get the word out about teaching the youth to become future leaders”, said Dennis “Master Sup” Burgess, who held a karate exhibition last month to support his ‘Stop Bullying Now’ series.

The event, which will be held at the Boys and Girls Club at 1 Canal St., will begin at 4 p.m. Of the numerous matches, a fireman will face off against a police officer and a mechanic will arm-wrestle against a carpenter.

The event, which costs $10 to compete and welcomes additional donations, will benefit “Master Sup’s” Anti-Bullying Martial Arts Character Building Youth Boot Camp.

“My boot camp will group together youth that are 5 to 18 years old for what we call the ‘salt and pepper effect,’ which means to group together children who behave and misbehave so they can learn from each other,” Burgess added. “The children will also partner with professionals to develop their minds, which is what martial arts is all about.”

After the event, attendees will march on Martin Luther King Drive in protest of the violence that has recently beset that area. For tickets or information call 201-333-4100. 


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Parents Worry More About Back-to-School Shopping Than Bullying

Back to School shopping
Rob Bennett—The New York Times

Students themselves, meanwhile, are most stressed about having to wake up early for school in a few weeks.

The back-to-school prep period is a particularly stressful time of year for parents and children alike. According to a survey that was commissioned by the coupon site ebates and is being released this week, nearly all of the adults and teens polled said that the start of the school year was stressing them out in one or more ways.


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Mother of cyberbullying victim Amanda Todd speaks out against online abuse

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In 2012, 15-year-old Amanda Todd committed suicide after more than two years of relentless harassment online. Since then, the Canadian teen’s mother, Carol Todd, has traveled the world raising awareness about cyberbullying and ways to prevent it.

“Before she died … we weren’t even talking about cyberbullying as much as we are now,” Todd told FoxNews.com. “Everywhere you go there’s someone who’s ready to talk about it.”

Todd attributes the rise in cyberbullying to today’s surge in social media and apps, many of which let the user remain anonymous.

“Technology has ramped it up so much that there are no boundaries,” Todd said. “It’s so faceless and they are free to say whatever, they’re free to say and do whatever without thinking about it.”

“Everywhere you go there’s someone who’s ready to talk about it.”

- Carol Todd, mother of cyberbullying victim Amanda Todd

According to a 2014 McAfee study, 87 percent of teens say they have witnessed cyberbullying, up from 27 percent in 2013.  

One of Amanda’s faceless tormenters has only recently been identified as a 35-year-old Dutch citizen, who was arrested in April. Amanda said she had been coerced online in 2010 to flash her breasts, and the resulting image was used against her and circulated on the Web and among her classmates.

“The picture was put out there on the Internet and then all of a sudden, her peers started harassing her, both face-to-face bullying and online, so she had to endure that kind of abuse,” Todd said. “She was afraid to go to school, people were looking at her, she developed more depression, social anxiety. She was afraid people were watching her all the time.”

Todd says mental health played a major role in her daughter’s death and is something to consider among all cyberbullying victims. Todd has launched the Light Up the World Purple campaign to raise awareness about mental health and Amanda’s legacy.

Todd also has become an advocate of STOPit, an app designed to let teens anonymously report cyberbullying.

“The main thing is that you need to tell somebody. You need to stand up and report it,” Todd said.

Todd also believes there should be better education – and at a younger age – about using technology and the potential dangers that children could face.

“We don’t let our kids drive without teaching them how to drive, so why should we be giving them a tool without teaching them how to use it properly?”


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Israel’s Modus Operandi: Blackmail, Bribery, and Bullying

On 26 November 1947, when it became apparent to Zionists and their supporters that the UN vote on the Partition of Palestine would be short of the required two thirds majority in the General Assembly, they filibustered for a postponement until after Thanksgiving thereby gaining time to threaten the loss of aid to nations such as Greece — which planned on voting against — into changing their votes. U.S. President Truman — also threatened with loss of Jewish support in the upcoming Presidential election — later noted that:

The facts were that not only were there pressure movements around the United Nations unlike anything that had been seen there before, but that the White House, too, was subjected to a constant barrage. I do not think I ever had as much pressure and propaganda aimed at the White House as I had in this instance. The persistence of a few of the extreme Zionist leaders — actuated by political motives and engaging in political threats — disturbed and annoyed me.

On 29 November 1947 the UN voted for a modified Partition Plan — despite Arab opposition on grounds that it violated UN charter principles of national self-determination — recommending the creation of independent Arab and Jewish States with a Special International Regime for the City of Jerusalem. The resolution’s adoption prompted the 1947–48 conflict including atrocities by Zionist terror gangs whose genocidal brutality was responsible for the murder of thousands of unarmed Palestinian civilians and the forced exodus of more than 700,000 others. At the time, the consensus of opinion was that Israel’s contentious creation had been permitted as a conscious and wilful act of Holocaust compensation which included toleration of its crimes against humanity. Since then, Israel has steadfastly adhered to that successful tactic of blackmail, bribery, and bullying to suppress and silence — with accusations of anti-Semitism/Holocaust denial — any criticism of its blatant human rights violations and arrogant disregard for international Law.

The fear of being branded an anti-Semite is now a universal phobia which Zionist Apartheid Israel reinforces with Gestapo-style vigilance that has permeated through universities, corporate media outlets, and parliaments. This is most evident in the United States where the American Israel Public Affairs committee (AIPAC) is active on college campuses with a Political Leadership Development Program of pro-Israel activities including reports on faculty members, students, and college organisations critical of Israeli policies. The “miscreants” — exposed in AIPAC’s College Guide and the pro-Israel Campus Watch — are then subject to harassment, suspension, or even dismissal.

AIPAC’s lobbying of the U.S. government includes provision of in-depth policy position papers focusing on Israel’s illusionary strategic importance to the United States. The Congressional Record is monitored daily and comprehensive records are kept of all members’ speeches, informal comments, constituent correspondence, and voting patterns on Israel-related issues. AIPAC itself estimates that more than half of Congress and Senate members (who place Israeli interests above those of their own country) can always be relied upon for unflinching support. Every year some 70 to 90 of them are rewarded with “AIPAC-funded” junkets to Israel. The irony behind AIPAC’s erosion of American democracy is that it is in effect financed ($3 billion annual U.S. aid to Israel) by American taxpayers of whom 50 million are living below the poverty line with 47 million of them receiving food stamps.

The insidious cancer of AIPAC is also being spread (with more free junkets) by “Friends of Israel” groups in most European parliaments; by the Australian Israel Jewish Affairs Council (AIJAC); and by the recently formed South African Israel Public Affairs Committee (SAIPAC) which will endeavour to silence criticism by a people already familiar with the iniquities of Apartheid.

Furthermore, the mainstream corporate media — apart from being mostly owned or influenced by friends of Israel — is also fettered by the fear of offending the Zionist lobby which insists that even the term Apartheid Israel is anti-Semitic. This media stranglehold is tightened even further by Zionist media watch organisations such as Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) and Britain’s BBC Watch, who waste no time in vilifying any negative reports on Israel.

Despite being a nation in a profound existential crisis, Chutzpah Israel continues claiming to be a Jewish social democracy with exemplary ethical values. Such claims serve as a smokescreen for the endless lying, cheating, stealing, and murdering while ensuring a lack of accountability for its heinous crimes by undermining the process of Western democratic governance. Instead of unconditionally condemning Israel for its latest assault on the Gazan Palestinians, Western leaders confirm they have been bought to betray the moral values of their constituents by mealy-mouthing the false premise of “Israel’s right to defend itself” with its overwhelming military might. Presumably therefore, Palestinians — who are occupied, persecuted, and blockaded in open prisons (without a single tank, warplane or warship) — are not allowed to resist and defend themselves.

Israel has no such right (God-given or otherwise) because for over sixty years it has been the aggressor with a genocidal brutality matching that of the Nazis. Zionism’s goal of creating a “Greater Israel” requires the “Final Solution” expulsion of non-Jews even if it means that — as was recently enunciated by the Israeli Interior Minister — “Gaza should be bombed into the Middle Ages.” During WW2, innumerable lives and resources were expended to defeat Nazism. Yet today, nothing is done while an even more insidious form of evil slowly destroys the concept of democratic governance and what little is left of human decency.

The time has come for the “Silent Majority” to finally give voice to their outrage — without demonstrations or violence — by repeatedly emailing their elected representatives. Lowlife politicians who have their inbox regularly swamped with thousands of emails will quickly realise that ignoring the will of the majority to serve minority Zionist and corporate interests alone, will not be enough to get them reelected. THE PALESTINIAN PEOPLE SHOULD NOT BE MADE TO CONTINUE PAYING FOR THE WEST’S GUILT COMPLEX OVER THE HOLOCAUST.

William Hanna is a freelance writer with a recently published book the Hiramic Brotherhood of the Third Temple. He can be reached at:
w194hanna@gmail.com. Read other articles by William, or visit William’s website.


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Bullying eases but math is a struggle, school leaders report – Glens Falls Post

LAKE LUZERNE — Reducing bullying and improving academic performance are among the goals Hadley-Luzerne school officials say they have accomplished in the 2013-2014 year.

The district had three overarching goals, including improving the safety, health and wellness of students, supporting all students in achieving their potential and strengthening community involvement. The elementary, middle and high school principals presented a review of their initiatives at a recent school board meeting.

Elementary Principal Elizabeth Hayes said the district has improved entrance and exit procedures in her building and increased the law enforcement presence at the school. Police officers use an office at the building to process paperwork. A van offering dental checkups and an eye specialist have also given free screenings to children districtwide.

School officials have been improving the lunch menu to make it healthier by increasing the number of fresh fruits and cutting down on doughnuts and bagels, Hayes added.

The district is also ramping up its rollout of the Common Core curriculum, especially in math.

Hadley-Luzerne has seen a decrease in math achievement. Based on test scores, 23 percent of kindergarten students, 37 percent of first-grade students and 31 percent of second-grade students need academic intervention services in math.

Hayes said she anticipates that scores will improve once the Common Core is fully in place.

“We’ve had some struggles, but we’ve made some really good gains … in understanding what math is all about,” she said.

The district is using more technology in the classroom, according to Hayes.

“We hope to cut down on some of the paper we have had to deliver to students through use of iPads,” she said.

Hadley-Luzerne officials have also scheduled fun activity nights in math and science to involve parents, as they did with reading, Hayes said.

Middle school Principal Patrick Cronin said his school has been stressing positive behavior. If school officials see a student performing a good deed, such as helping a fellow student with his books, they will give them a “coin.”

“If they save five coins, they get a gift at the gift shop or a snack,” he said.

The district set a goal of decreasing bullying by 10 percent, but Cronin believes it has dropped by at least 30 percent. There has also been a drop in cyberbullying, although not by as much.

As in the elementary school, Cronin said, the middle school is incorporating technology in the classroom. Starting next year, fifth-graders will have iPads. Grades six through eight are working with Google Chromebooks.

Cronin said he is disappointed he wasn’t able to achieve a goal of hosting family fun nights, because of conflicts with other activities.

“It just seemed that every day we were picking, it was sports event, talent show, another dance that night,” he said.

He is going to select a date and stick to it to try to get it off the ground in the coming year.

Middle school officials are also struggling with math. They have hired a consultant to help students grasp the new approach, according to Cronin.

High school Principal Beecher Baker said his building surpassed its goal to decrease bullying by at least 10 percent, as bullying fell by 75 percent. He credited the decline to the particular group of students that were at the high school. He added that school officials have focused on strengthening relationships between students and staff.

Bullying seems to be more prevalent in the middle school, Baker added.

“Our kids tend to mature out of it a little bit,” he said.

One initiative that failed, according to Baker, was an anonymous drop box and phone line that students could use to report problems. Students preferred to meet face to face and talk to school officials about problems.

Hadley-Luzerne explored collaboration with Corinth, which was partially successful. Some Hadley-Luzerne students took a class in Corinth, but no Corinth students came to Hadley-Luzerne, except for SAT prep. Through distance learning, Baker said, his district was able to offer some electives such as “the Bible as literature”.

Baker said he is very happy with the academic results, particularly in mathematics, which he credited to the department’s “top-notch” teachers. The district wanted to increase the percentage of students achieving mastery on the Algebra I Regents exam, which means a score of 85 or better. The percentage increased from 18 to 24. The overall passing rate dropped slightly from 92 percent to 90 percent. The district was able to raise the number of students achieving mastery level by at least 5 percent on five out of the nine Regents exams offered — Algebra I, Earth science, global studies, U.S. history and chemistry.

The passing rate was excellent overall on all Regents, according to Baker.

“Ninety-three percent of the kids who took a regents exam passed it,” he said.


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School bullying often takes the middle road: Editorial – The Star

Via Sikahema visits Quarter Mile Lane School to talk about bullying during an assembly in Bridgeton, April 15, 2013. (File Photo)  

From reading a lawsuit filed on behalf of a Monroe Township sixth-grader, one would think that it’s still the Wild, Wild West in terms of whether school districts have tried to combat bullying, sexual harassment and online intimidation among students. 

That’s not true, of course. 

In 2002, New Jersey enacted one of the nation’s first and most extensive anti-bullying laws with which school districts must comply. In 2011, the law was joined by the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act. Also, local districts sponsor many of their own peace-in-the-hallways and peace-on-the-smartphone programs.

So, what to make of the litigation filed in June under state anti-discrimination laws that alleges the female Williamstown Middle School student was called “6th grade slut” and “whore,” and was repeatedly ridiculed, and targeted with rumors that she performed oral sex for money?

If even some of the shocking allegations are true, all the anti-violence, anti-sexual-harassement, anti-bullying protocol failed in this instance. One wonders if “canned” lectures and study units do more to enrich financially those who present the programs than to foster positive student behavior.

The suit, though, was filed against the school district itself. The girl’s family claims that instructors and administrators, despite repeated complaints, did next to nothing about the problems. District officials have not responded to comment on the lawsuit, but the girl was pulled out of school and is now being homeschooled.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Kevin Costello, who specializes in such cases, says that at least 90 percent involve middle schoolers between fifth and eighth grades. It stands to reason. This is when they’re most emotionally vulnerable, when their sexual identities emerge, when they’re not yet mature enough to brush off some remarks.

Perhaps New Jersey could do better by concentrating resources in the middle-school years, both for students and school staff. We could be wasting valuable funds and class time trying to ensure that 5-year-olds never get mad at each other, or having high schoolers attend sessions about name-calling that doesn’t bother them.

If middle school is where the problems are, let’s ramp up our efforts there.  

Send a letter to the editor of South Jersey Times at letters@southjerseymedia.com


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Jenny McCarthy: My Son Is Being Bullied – But He Doesn’t Realize It

Seeing her son Evan, 12, get bullied while off at summer camp has been Jenny McCarthy‘s nightmare.

But watching his reaction – because of his autism, he doesn’t pick up on social cues well enough to realize he’s being bullied – has left her wondering what to do.

In a conversation on The View Monday, McCarthy, 41, described her conundrum.

“My son’s main goal is to make as many friends as possible,” McCarthy said, before adding that she got a heartbreaking email from the camp revealing that the kids he believes are his “friends” are actually bullying him.

“They’re laughing at him but he laughs too,” she said. “I said, ‘You have to find the kids that like you and are nice to you. Who do you sit next to in the cafeteria?’ And he said, ‘No one. I ask, and they say no.’ ”

In some ways, McCarthy is relieved Evan is unaware he’s being ostracized. “It’s so wonderful that he’s not aware that kids are making fun of him. But at what point do I need to teach him that?” she asked. “Evan told me, ‘They ask me to put bugs down my pants and I do it and they laugh.’ He thinks it’s funny. Do I just let him be? At what point does it stop? In high school they’ll be like, ‘Here drink this?’ ‘Okay!’ ”

McCarthy, who will leave the show after this season, also solicited co-host Whoopi Goldberg’s advice.

“My suggestion: Have Evan introduce you to his friends and when they’re off having fun, have a conversation with the parents,” Goldberg advised. “The parents might not be aware.”

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SHOPO and Hill City Queens Social Club to host anti-bullying event

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S.H.O.P.O. and Hill City Queens Social Club to host anti-bullying event

Amy Trent


S.H.O.P.O. (Self-Help Obtaining Positive Opportunities) and the Hill City Queens Social Club will hold an anti-bullying/nonviolence event 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Hunton Randolph Community Center in Lynchburg on Saturday.

Organizers aim to show youths how to deal with bullying and anger without resorting to violence and that the community cares about their well-being. Music and food will be provided.

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Gettysburg lessons aid fight against bullying

GETTYSBURG — “The first concept we can talk about is leadership versus management,” Stephen B. Wiley told a new group of students at his Lincoln Leadership Institute in Gettysburg Monday afternoon.

Wiley typically makes big money from the nation’s biggest companies to train their executives how to engage their employees.

“Studies show that 91 percent of employees in North America say they are disengaged,” Wiley said from his classroom atop the famous Wills House on Gettysburg’s Square.

He is full of facts and figures about the loss of productivity because managers and leaders are not properly engaging their workers.

But on Monday, his clients were not from Fortune 100 companies. They were school administrators and teachers from across the state. The training was on effective leadership but with a focus on bullying and how good leaders can prevent it.

“When you get students who are disengaged, they start getting into trouble and their needs aren’t being met,” Wiley explained during a break in his full-day session. “We’re hoping some of this coaching about engagement will roll over to have these teachers and administrators engage their students so they’re happier and more engaged and have better things to do.”

The teachers spent time in the classroom learning about battlefield decisions, both good and bad, made by Civil War generals. The lessons come to life when they walk the battlefield and relive the savage fighting on Little Roundtop. It serves as a metaphor for the battle schools face every day in their fight against bullying.

Steve Yeager is a school psychologist and bullying expert from New Jersey. He teamed with Wiley to form the bullying program presented Monday.

“We’re all in that situation where we have to make very difficult decisions, when there’s a lot at stake, when the stress level is higher,” Yeager said. “The more we’re aware of our style, what our needs are and what are healthy ways to meet these needs, we’re more likely to make better decisions when we’re in the heat of the moment.”

Sybil Knight-Burney, Harrisburg’s superintendent, says bullying — reported and unreported — is a huge problem in the city. She brought 25 staffers to Monday’s program.

“I hope they have time to reflect on their own leadership abilities and see how they can empower others to become leaders,” she said. “Most importantly, to be successful in helping our students achieve that academic success for them and their families.”

Bullying isn’t going away, but Wiley hopes he’s helping to better prepare his audience to fight it.

There was no big money for this training. Wiley picked up the tab as a gift to the schools. Perhaps, he says, because he was a bullying victim in the fourth grade.

“I still remember it like it was yesterday,” he said. “So, if we can go into and help the school districts eradicate bullying, it would be a wonderful feeling.”


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Flying School Colors in the C-Suite

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The University of Missouri is among the schools with a current company CEO and CFO as alumni.
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On 500-mile road trips to watch Mizzou basketball games, executives

David Haffner


Matthew Flanigan

talk strategy.

Afterward, the University of Missouri alumni munch hot slices at Shakespeare’s Pizza and map out plays—including some painful team cuts a few years ago—for their company,

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“[We] get home about two in the morning or later, and dang it if we don’t have an eight o’clock” meeting, said Mr. Haffner (Class of ’74), chief executive officer.

Mr. Haffner and Mr. Flanigan (Class of ’84), chief financial officer, know the success of their relationship is essential to executing the vision of the company, which makes everything from mattress springs to shelves. And though they graduated a decade apart, they say their common experiences at the university tie together the threads of their past.

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“It’s a little rare in corporate America for a CEO and his or her CFO to have that much private time together,” Mr. Haffner said.

Leggett Platt is among more than two dozen of the largest U.S. companies with current CEOs and CFOs who hail from the same alma mater, according to a Wall Street Journal review of data from executive recruiter Crist|Kolder Associates.

Though work experience becomes more important the closer you get to the top, “there are clearly clients in our world who [nonetheless] put a huge emphasis on educational pedigree,” said Tom Kolder, Crist|Kolder’s president.

While this trend spans the coasts, the connections are concentrated among 22 schools, which have bestowed one or more bachelor’s degrees or master’s in business administration to 285 CFOs at roughly 670 of the country’s largest companies.

The top undergraduate schools were University of Illinois, Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. For M.B.A.s, the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business, Harvard Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management delivered the most diplomas to future CFOs.

In fact, Harvard’s M.B.A. program ranks No. 1 for having the most power duos in office now, including at

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These future executives rarely overlapped as students, and the matchups often happened years after graduating. The scholastic affinity network extends beyond the Ivy Leagues.

Simon Business School at the University of Rochester in New York handed

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Mr. Mucci (Class of ’91), now CEO of

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says Simon’s curriculum emphasized quantitative analysis, which is key at Paychex because “numbers are very important for us.”

Mr. Rivera (Class of ’89), the CFO, said when they discuss concepts in meetings, “Some of the stuff is almost subliminal.”

Of course, teamwork, debates and all-nighters also happen in the workplace, where the stakes are higher and trust is forged.

Roland Smith,

a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and now CEO of

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cared less about

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Harvard M.B.A. and Notre Dame bachelor’s degree than he did about the time they’d spent in the financial trenches. Mr. Hare had been Mr. Smith’s CFO when they turned around AMF Bowling Co. through a bankruptcy. Next, they merged but ultimately split Arby’s Restaurant Group Inc. and Wendy’s Co. fast-food restaurants to make them more profitable.

“Before I even took the job [at Office Depot], I realized I needed a trusted finance adviser who can finish my sentences, anticipate my decisions and say, no,’ ” said Mr. Smith, who snapped up Mr. Hare within weeks.

Naturally, the majority of CFOs rise through the ranks based on solid work experience and results. But certain institutions have earned a reputation for minting CFOs.

At the 500 largest U.S. companies, 55% of the current CFOs sharpened their pencils at one of the top four accounting firms, plus former Arthur Andersen, or at one or more of the 17 multinational companies known for their “finance academies,” according to Korn/Ferry International.

While Korn/Ferry declined to name the corporations, other recruiters and CFOs often point to companies with complex, globe-spanning finance departments like General Electric Co.,

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and Procter Gamble Co.

But then again, there are folks like

Edward Tilly,

who heads the company that runs the Chicago Board Options Exchange. He went to Northwestern University for an undergraduate degree (Class of ’87), while CFO Alan Dean went to Northwestern’s Kellogg for his M.B.A. (Class of ’88). The school, for them, validates their belief that their values are in sync.

“When I’ll try to relate something to Ed using a Chicago experience, he’ll know just what I’m talking about,” Mr. Dean said. “It allows us to talk in shorthand.”

The two agree their favorite Italian beef sandwich can only be found at Portillo’s Hot Dogs. And while they don’t root for the same baseball team—Mr. Tilly is a North Side Cubs fan and Mr. Dean cheers the White Sox to the south—that’s a rivalry they overlook.

“Alan speaks South Side,” Mr. Tilly said. “I understand South Side.”

Write to Maxwell Murphy at maxwell.murphy@wsj.com