November 28, 2014 at 1:58 am

Bullying Bloomberg Mommies Want To Start Thanksgiving Fights

Anti-gun billionaire Michael Bloomberg’s social media campaigns Moms Demand Action and Everytown for Gun Safety wants you to bring their shrill bullying to your family and friends this Thanksgiving.

Moms Demand Thanksgiving Fights! The dour bullies of the gun control group want you to badger your family members and friends with anti-gun propaganda this Thanksgiving. Go ahead. Dine alone.

We’re thankful that our family and friends are too knowledgeable to be fooled by such silliness, and doubt anyone else will, either.

Shannon Watts is behind this Thanksgiving turkey.

The campaign is reminiscent of the “pajama boy” campaign for Obamacare that was so roundly mocked in 2013 for trying similar distasteful tactics.

http://bearingarms.com/bullying-bloomberg-mommies-want-start-thanksgiving-fights/

November 27, 2014 at 7:58 pm

Local 4-H club makes promise not to bully

Local 4-H club makes promise not to bully

Local 4-H club makes promise not to bully

Homeschoolers on the Teche 4-H Club, consisting of local home-school students, take the Pinky Promise Against Bullying Instagram Challenge recently. The 4-H’ers took part in the statewide effort to stand against bullying.



Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2014 6:00 am

Local 4-H club makes promise not to bully

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Homeschoolers on the Teche 4-H Club recently took a stance against bullying by accepting the Pinky Promise Against Bullying Instagram Challenge.

The challenge, part of an effort to promote a stance against bullying sponsored by the LSU AgCenter, is open to any 4-H club in Louisiana.

“People are aware of bullying and people are bullying more now than they were before, so it would make sense to take this pledge,” said Homeschoolers on the Teche 4-H club Community Service Chairwoman Brittney Watson. “It’s a pledge to say if we see bullying we’re going to do more to stop it. Our club promised anytime we see it happening we would stop it.”

Watson said she has dealt with her own bullying experiences in the past. She noted after finding out she had scoliosis people would make rude comments.

“I’ve had some people bully me before,” she said. “It’s not always a ‘knock-you-down’ thing anymore. It’s more emotional. I’ve never been one to be bullied, but I haven’t always been home-schooled.”

Watson, 18, is the oldest member of the club. She said it’s important the club set an example on taking a stance against bullying, which she says is more prevalent today due to social media.

To spread their message to a larger audience, the challenge has been put on Instagram. Any club submitting an image must show their pinkies and wear the color orange — the designated color of bullying prevention.

The caption for the Instagram post must include the phrase “we pledge against bullying,” with the “4hpinkypromise” hashtag.

Club members decided to make their contest entry with an image of the club locking pinkies behind their backs using every member, but it was the actions of one member that made club secretary Katie Magar truly appreciate the message they were sending.

Magar, 16, said a few members did not have on any orange attire — the color designated for bullying prevention. Instead of ostracizing the individuals and not including them in the photo, fellow club members provided extra orange clothing so they could be included in the picture.

“That’s really what it’s all about,” Magar said. “I think that act was very beautiful to me. Someone stepped up and it showed a great sense of involvement.”

Magar added that bullying is constantly spread through social media and hopes the “pinky promise Instagram challenge” will help spread a more positive message.

“We’re just trying to motivate each other. I have three little brothers, so this is important to me personally. If you are the bully take responsibility … If this is happening in your community take a stance,” Magar said.

Competition entries must be posted by Dec. 19.


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http://www.iberianet.com/news/local--h-club-makes-promise-not-to-bully/article_f714ecca-75c7-11e4-9144-9fbee506269d.html

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As the World Burns, UN General Assembly Takes on Bullying

The world is in flames, Christians beheaded all over the Middle East, much of that region in anarchic chaos, increased nuclear saber-rattling from Russia, many parts of the world crippled economically, hundreds of thousands dying from malaria, and a billion people cannot get a clean glass of drinking water. Yet this week, the United Nations General Assembly took up bullying.

The first ever stand-alone anti-bullying resolution passed the General Assembly on Monday, Stefano Gennarini, who covers the General Assembly for the Center for Family Human Rights (C-Fam), reported in the group’s weekly Friday Fax report.

Gennarini writes, “Once the resolution was adopted by consensus, countries behind it wasted no time in making their intentions known.” The European Union said, “We regret that bullying because of the sexual orientation and gender identity of children or their parents was not reflected in the resolution.” The first draft of the resolution included language about sexual orientation, but it was removed in negotiations. 

The United States delegation said the Secretary General’s report that is mandated by the resolution must reflect the “health concerns of LGBT youth.”

The bullying resolution was a stalking horse for the ongoing attempts to introduce “sexual orientation and gender identity” as a new category of non-discrimination in international human rights law on par with established categories like freedom of religion. The issue regularly roils the General Assembly and the Human Rights Council in Geneva. 

As expected, the Africans pushed back. One delegate told Gennarini that currently, there is “no consensus on sexual orientation and gender identity” in the General Assembly and that his country had more serious issues with which to contend.

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Peace/2014/11/27/As-the-World-Burns-UN-General-Assembly-Takes-on-Bullying

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Oklahoma teens walk out of school to protest bullying Students protest …

(CNN) — Hundreds of students walked out of their Oklahoma high school Monday to protest the school’s response to the alleged bullying of three classmates who say they were raped by the same person.

The students were greeted outside Norman High School by parents and other members of the community who had gathered to support them, junior Sophia Babb told CNN. Together, the crowd waved signs and chanted “No justice, no class” and “No more bullying.”

Their message to the world: it could be your daughter.

The protest stemmed from allegations by three female Norman High School students who say classmates bullied them mercilessly after they were raped in separate instances by the same person. The teens and their families say school administrators failed to take adequate action after they reported the rapes and bullying.

Their story spread across social media after Jezebel published a detailed account Friday.

No one has been arrested or charged yet, Norman Police Department Captain Tom Easley told CNN. An investigation began a month ago, and no details will be released until it concludes. A Norman High School spokesperson had not returned CNN’s request for comment by publication time.

In a letter to the school community, Norman Public Schools Superintendent Joe Siano encouraged parents to talk to their children about alternatives to the walkout, such as wearing stickers and ribbons provided by the school “in symbolic support.”

He also said the school was enlarging a task force to study the implementation of a “targeted, research-based sexual assault curriculum for students,” and that the school will continue to respond quickly to reports of sexual assault and bullying.

The three teens told Jezebel that they stopped attending classes and left school voluntarily after the teasing became unbearable. Friends of the teens started a Facebook page, YES ALL Daughters, two weeks ago to show support for them, Babb said. They were fed up with classmates blaming the teens for the attacks, she said.

“You could see it all over social media, the victim blaming,” Babb said in a phone call after the protest.

The page drew nearly 10,000 likes in two weeks. With the help of their mothers and relatives, they organized Monday’s protest.

“After hearing the story we felt compelled to help the kids do something,” said Stacie Wright, whose niece started the Facebook page.

The group posted a long list of “Protest Do(s) and Don’t(s)” on its Facebook page to make the event a peaceful one: DO Be Peaceful, Law-Abiding Citizens that do not disturb local businesses, DO Be a Good Neighbor; Do NOT Respond to any negativity, Do NOT Use profanity.

The Daily Oklahoman reported the crowd of protesters Monday was in the hundreds. But organizers estimated that 1,500 attended the protest outside the school, which has an enrollment of about 1,800 students.

“It shows that students won’t put up with this harassment and bullying,” Babb said. “We stand in solidarity with all victims and we want to show that we support them.”



http://www.cnn.com/2014/11/24/living/yesalldaughters-bullying-protest-oklahoma/

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Jayda won, but they hide documents

widman@sanduskyregister.com

A teenaged girl who took a stand against racial discrimination at Bellevue Schools faces a new opponent: the nuances of the criminal justice system.

But Jayda Jackson, 16, whose family settled a lawsuit with the district in July, isn’t done fighting.

A federal court judge, a court reporter and even her own lawyers refuse to provide crucial court documents to her family, citing a protective order filed just recently.

Until this week — after repeated requests for court documents from Jayda and the Register — there was no evidence the order even existed.

The document, filed Tuesday, is dated March 13.

Lawyers representing Bellevue Schools and Jayda’s family apparently agreed to the protective order in March, without Jayda’s knowledge, but didn’t submit the document for filing until Tuesday.

“The lawyers were acting on behalf of their clients,” said U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge James Knepp II on Wednesday.

The agreement let school officials speak freely about Bellevue Schools students — likely Jayda’s alleged bullies — because it ensured their identities would never be publicly released.

Knepp cited the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, as justification for the order.

Legally, it’s possible the documents Jayda requested could be redacted and then released, but it’s not likely, he said.

“I can’t, in good conscience, order anyone to go back through and sanitize the names from those depositions,” Knepp said. “It’s not an efficient use of anyone’s time.”

Knepp told the Register he’s never read the depositions, but he assumes they contain “great measures of FERPA-protected material.”

When contacted earlier this month, court reporter Brenda Roberts, as well as attorneys Jayda’s family hired — Sandusky-based attorney Robert Zelvey and Cleveland-based attorneys Audrey and David Forrest — all referred the Register to Knepp for information about the protective order.

All cited the order as their justification, but none could produce a copy of it.

Earlier this year, Jayda told the Register a key motivator for settling her case without going to trial was assurance no court documents would be kept secret.

Her goal: obtain evidence to back up her claims of race-related bullying at Bellevue Schools.

On Monday, she said she’d never heard of or agreed to a protective order regarding the lawsuit.

Because her family paid their attorneys, she believes depositions from her lawsuit are her rightful property, she said.

The Register asked to meet with Bellevue Schools administrators this week, seeking comment, and superintendent Kim Schubert denied the request.

 

Coming this weekend

Jayda Jackson isn’t done battling for what she believes in — this time, her right to view crucial court documents from her family’s settled lawsuit.

The Sandusky High School junior sat down with a Register reporter Monday to share the latest chapters of her story.

“I’m trying to rebuild myself,” she said, ”but at the same time, I know something’s not right, and it’s eating away at me.”

Pick up a copy of Sunday’s Register, and check back at sanduskyregister.com, for more updates.

http://www.sanduskyregister.com/news/education/6763451

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US judge puts Arizona’s ‘revenge porn’ bill on hold

By David Schwartz

PHOENIX (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Wednesday put on hold enforcement of Arizona’s “revenge porn” law that made it a felony to post online nude images of others without their consent, after a rights group said the measure was too broad and state attorneys agreed it should be revisited.

    U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton’s order came at the request of the state attorney general’s office and the American Civil Liberties Union, which is representing booksellers, newspapers and others in a federal lawsuit against the law.

    The judge called for enforcement of the law and further legal proceedings to be put on hold pending possible changes to the legislation by the Republican-controlled state Legislature when it reconvenes in January. 

“We hope that the legislature will embrace this opportunity to narrow the law so it reaches truly bad actors without infringing on protected First Amendment rights,” Dan Pochoda, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Arizona, said in a statement.

    A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General’s Office could not immediately be reached for comment.

    Backers said the law, which was signed by Governor Jan Brewer in April and took effect in July, was designed to crack down on attempts by people to humiliate former lovers, among others, by publishing images without the consent of a nude person or an individual engaged in sexual activities.

    The ACLU filed suit in federal court in Phoenix in September, arguing the law would criminalize speech that was protected by the U.S. Constitution.     

    Civil rights attorneys said the law would put at risk anyone who distributed or displayed a nude image, including images that were newsworthy, artistic, educational or artistic.

    Violators face a possible sentence of 18 months in prison, a penalty that could be increased to 2 1/2 years if the person shown in the images can be recognized.    

    Last year, California Governor Jerry Brown signed the first law in the country specifically targeting revenge porn. New Jersey has an older law that allows prosecution of revenge porn, but it was passed as a wide-reaching cyber-bullying statute.

(Editing by Alex Dobuzinskis and Peter Cooney)

http://whtc.com/news/articles/2014/nov/27/us-judge-puts-arizonas-revenge-porn-bill-on-hold/

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Pennsylvania says feds bullying it over trooper physical fitness test, wants …

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania — Pennsylvania has accused the federal government of browbeating it over the physical fitness tests administered to trooper candidates, insisting it remains committed to recruiting women into the state police force.

The state asked a federal judge in Harrisburg to throw out a lawsuit filed last summer by the U.S. Department of Justice. The lawsuit said the use of the fitness tests to screen and select applicants amounts to a pattern of employment discrimination and has illegally kept dozens of otherwise qualified women out of jobs.

The Pennsylvania State Police has made “strong affirmative efforts to recruit qualified women to join the trooper ranks … and will continue this commitment, independently of any hectoring by the United States through this or any other form of legal action,” the state said in a legal brief filed Monday.

The government’s lawsuit said that nearly 100 percent of male recruits pass the initial physical readiness tests while about 70 percent of female recruits pass. About 5 percent of the department’s 4,700 sworn members are women.

The Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division argued that the different pass rates for men and women were evidence the tests had a disparate impact on women. It seeks an order preventing the state police from engaging in discriminatory employment practices as well as back pay and other remedies for women who did not pass the test.

The state, in its response, denied there’s a gross statistical disparity between the pass rates for men and women, noting that under the federal government’s own standard the pass rate for women should be 80 percent of the pass rate for men. The state also said the government had no legal authority to bring the case.

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/b9090004f73a44a59f3b42cda0d8ac61/PA--Pennsylvania-State-Police-Fitness

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Scammer leaves threatening voicemail bullying business


INDIO, Calif. –

“You’ll be the first one I sue for violation of the fricken clean water act,” said a scammer on a voicemail sent to Chandi Group USA, a company that owns many Arco’s and AMPMs in the Coachella Valley.

“I don’t know what kind of crap you’re doing lady but don’t ever call my office like that again. The first time you violate the law I swear to God I follow set a lawsuit against you,” said the scammer on the voicemail who only left the name Brian.

Employees with Chandi Group USA have been receiving bogus $81 invoices for future sewer monitoring and leak detection for years.

“One of our associates realized that this is a repetitive yearly thing that we get and we’ve gone through this before. That’s when we understood this is not a legitimate invoice, that it’s a scam,” say Eileen Salazar a Person Assistant with Chandi Group USA.

A company that calls itself Network Sewer Monitoring System (NPS), which uses a post office box in Tustin, CA, is sending out notices to food service businesses throughout Southern California, requiring them to complete an enclosed “activation form’ while billing them $81 for “1 year lateral sewer monitoring and leak detection”.

Officials said there’s some additional technical jargon meant to mislead the business into believing the information is legitimate.

The false mandate has been titled ‘July 1, 2009 Grease/Solvent Waste Management Initiative’, with NPS claiming its $680 device has to be installed at any business selling food products.

“We called them back to verify who they spoke to that way we could contact our management team and verify so we can place payment with this. When we call them they were very vague and didn’t have any information available. They told us to call back it was very sketchy. It had scam written all over it,” said Salazar.

KESQ called NPS and a man on the phone told us this, “I’ve worked here 11 years. It never happened, the attorney Mike Michaels will be happy to call you back.”

If your business is contacted by NPS, or other companies making similar claims, never give out any personal or business-related information, send money or grant permission to install any equipment on adjacent sewer lines, officials said in the release.

If you think you’ve been contacted by this scam artist, or any others, you should retain the billing information or any additional paperwork you receive, and then call police or the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

If you have questions about applicable regulations associated with sewage removal, you can always call the Coachella Valley Water District at (760) 398-2651.

http://www.kesq.com/news/scammer-leaves-threatening-voicemail-bullying-business/29950212

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Yik Yak app condemned for promoting bullying

(WXYZ) – Even though a lot of parents may not have heard about it, at Wayne State University, students are very familiar with the Yik Yak app and it’s uses, both good and bad.

In fact, videos posted to YouTube warn about offensive, sexist, racist and homophobic posts made anonymously on the app.

Recently, someone took it a step further by posting a bomb threat at Michigan State University. The bomb scare was a hoax but still has many worried.

“You can send certain messages to anyone, who knows what you’re sending or where it’s from” says Oli Beaidsall, a personal trainer at Wayne State University.

But the guys behind the app still promote heavily on social media and even throw parties like a recent one at U of M. Since its start, it’s become wildly popular on high school and college campuses.

One reason is that people can post anything anonymously.

“People like to post mean things about each other and it’s anonymous so it’s a perfect way to do it,” says student Alex Romano. Beaidsall adds “I would have thought it would be more for fun, but when it’s anonymous it’s open for things a bit more shady.”

Parents are now looking closer into what their kids read and post.

“There’s definitely bullying, I’ve seen stuff of people being called out and I live near a high school and can see stuff those kids post that are outrageous things about people,” says WSU Junior Maddie Rista. 

WATCH THE FULL VIDEO IN THE PLAYER ABOVE. 

http://www.wxyz.com/news/yik-yak-app-condemned-for-promoting-bullying

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Which social network is the worst for bullying?

This week is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Gone are the days of bullying stopping at the school gates. The everything everywhere nature of social media often makes it difficult for people to escape their tormentors.

And it’s not just children, adults can be bullied too – this year’s Anti-Bullying week theme is “Let’s stop bullying for all”.

Anti-Bullying Week

Last year we spoke to Luke Roberts from the Anti-Bullying Alliance on the rise and impact of cyber-bullying.

He spoke to us about how smartphones and tablets allow someone to post something online immediately, wherever they are, without them necessarily giving enough thought to the implications of what they write.

This year we want to hear from you – we want to know which social network you think is the worst for bullying.

Perhaps you think that’s where most online bullying occurs, maybe you think it doesn’t do enough to stop bullies, or you may have first hand experience of bullying taking place on a particular social network.

We have 50 T-shirts to giveaway as a thanks to those who take part – just leave your email address at the end of the survey, and we’ll pick the winners out of a hat.

Take the survey

If you’ve got children, here are 7 apps and websites parents should be aware of.

And, if you think someone close to you is being bullied, or is bullying someone else, Luke Roberts from the Anti-Bullying Alliance offered some tips on how to help.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/11/26/which-social-network-is-the-worst-for-bullying-poll/

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Which social network is the worst for bullying? [POLL]

This week is Anti-Bullying Week in the UK, coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance.

Gone are the days of bullying stopping at the school gates. The everything everywhere nature of social media often makes it difficult for people to escape their tormentors.

And it’s not just children, adults can be bullied too – this year’s Anti-Bullying week theme is “Let’s stop bullying for all”.

Anti-Bullying Week

Last year we spoke to Luke Roberts from the Anti-Bullying Alliance on the rise and impact of cyber-bullying.

He spoke to us about how smartphones and tablets allow someone to post something online immediately, wherever they are, without them necessarily giving enough thought to the implications of what they write.

This year we want to hear from you – we want to know which social network you think is the worst for bullying.

Perhaps you think that’s where most online bullying occurs, maybe you think it doesn’t do enough to stop bullies, or you may have first hand experience of bullying taking place on a particular social network.

We have 50 T-shirts to giveaway as a thanks to those who take part – just leave your email address at the end of the survey, and we’ll pick the winners out of a hat.

Take the survey

If you’ve got children, here are 7 apps and websites parents should be aware of.

And, if you think someone close to you is being bullied, or is bullying someone else, Luke Roberts from the Anti-Bullying Alliance offered some tips on how to help.

https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2014/11/26/which-social-network-is-the-worst-for-bullying-poll/

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Sioux City Students Learn How To Combat Bullying

Kids at East Middle School in Sioux City were treated to a special presentation on Wednesday about how to combat bullying.

Kim Karr, the co-founder of the anti-bullying campaign “I Can Help” talked to students about how negative posts online effects the morale of the person they are targeting.

Members of the campaign told kids to respond to negative comments with kindness and to ask for negative comments or pages about people to be removed. When students were asked to raise their hands if they’d experienced online bullying, nearly everyone raised their hands, which surprised some students.

 “I find that really surprising because most of these people i know and i wouldn’t really think of them getting picked on and stuff,” said Aman Dean, 8th grader.

“I thought it just affected a small portion of the school but i actually found out it effected a lot of people here,” Christian Clark, 8th grader.

East Middle School has also started their own anti- bullying club to help with any negativity that may go on at the school.

http://www.siouxlandmatters.com/story/d/story/sioux-city-students-learn-how-to-combat-bullying/32773/ruoG_l6DREWD3L5Kx__PSg

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Got a Tip? Send it to us

After Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar shamelessly removed photos of kissing same-sex couples from their Facebook page, nearly 171,000 people signed a petition for TLC to cancel their reality show.

But now, an infamous non-profit organization opposing gay marriage is calling for fans of the fundamentalist Christian family to sign a counter petition.

“Rabid homosexual activists have made America’s favorite family enemy Number One,” the American Family Association writes on their website. “Because of their uncompromising stand on marriage and abstinence, the homosexual lobby has drawn a bully bead on Jim and Michelle Duggar.”

PHOTOS: 19 Controversies Counting! The Duggar Family’s Most Scandalous Quotes Of All Time

The group then encourages 19 Kids And Counting fans to sign their petition to TLC in support of the family.

“Our goal is 1,000,000 signatures by Christmas!” the notorious nonprofit says.

There is no word on how many signatures have been collected so far.

http://radaronline.com/exclusives/2014/11/duggar-defenders-bullying-family-gay-couples/

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Oxnard Man Takes Steps to Fight Bullying


VENTURA COUNTY, Calif. –

An Oxnard man will walk from Port Hueneme to San Diego to raise awareness against bullying.

Chris Kalb will start his 200-mile journey on Thanksgiving Day.

Kalb says he was picked on as a kid because he was overweight. He transformed himself by joining the U.S. Navy and getting away from the people that bullied him.

He hopes the walk will help people understand how hurtful bullying can be.

“The message I want to send to kids that are currently in school…I want them to look at me and see this guy that went through bullying, went through depression, and has reached rock bottom with suicide attempts and stuff like that,” Kalb said. “and look at him now…now he is doing something extraordinary with his life.”

At 50 miles a day, Kalb should end up at the U.S.S. Midway in San Diego by Sunday night.

http://www.keyt.com/news/Oxnard-Man-Takes-Steps-to-Fight-Bullying/29952370

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School club combats bullying

Piper High School in Sunrise is taking a proactive approach to combat bullying.

Students United with Parents and Educators to Resolve Bullying, supported by the Florida Endowment Foundation for Florida’s Graduates, features curriculum activities, lesson plans and games surrounding interpersonal relationships. A stipend is given to offset the cost of the teacher’s time for the after-school club.

Stephane Monereau oversees SUPERB at Piper.

“I’ve been affected by bullying,” he said. “When I heard about [the group], it was something I knew I had to do. Right now we have about 30 [students], and it has grown steadily.”

Club members wear white to show solidarity against bullying, decorated a bulletin board with an anti-bullying message and have adopted a school hallway, designating it as a bullying-free zone. The hope is to expand from there.

Club president Leo Peterson said they plan on visiting middle and elementary schools to spread the message.

“It was important to me to get involved because I see people being bullied,” he said. “I just wanted to help those who sometimes can’t help themselves to speak up and make it known to others that bullying is real inside school and other places. We need to do something about it or it will continue with no end.”

Alexandra Addison, a vice president, saw her older sister subjected to ridicule. She said Piper has a problem with students picking on each other and spreading rumors.

“When I see someone getting bullied, I’m not the bystander,” she said. “I try to do something about it. That’s why I wanted to really join the club. I wanted to spread the word that bullying is not acceptable, and it really can affect someone.”

Fellow vice president Tarah Staco was bullied through her first year of high school.

“It’s a different feeling when rumors get spread about you and nobody wants to talk to you anymore,” she said. “I believe through the club people will see it’s not right to mess with other people because you wouldn’t want to be treated the same way.”

SUPERB is in nearly a dozen schools.

“For us, the program is about helping kids understand diversity, celebrate diversity and identify students who are being excluded or isolated and reach out to them,” said Heather Beaven, the foundation’s CEO.

For more information, visit Flgraduates.org/superb.

Scott Fishman can be reached at smfishman@tribune.com.

Copyright © 2014, Sun Sentinel

http://www.sun-sentinel.com/local/broward/sunrise/fl-cn-bullying-1130-20141126-story.html

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Students learn about using social media to fight back against cyberbullying

Posted by in Cyber Bullying

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

With social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, teens have become exposed to a world of constant contact.

This contact may not always be positive as cyberbullying has started to affect many kids’ daily lives.

East Middle School student Ashley Flynn was a cyberbullying victim. Someone made comments about her on Facebook.

“It just makes you feel like you’re worthless. Like no one likes you. And it makes you feel like you don’t belong. And it’s not a good feeling at all,” said East Middle School eighth grader Ashley Flynn.

Ashley was one of the students who helped bring teacher Kim Karr, the co founder of the I can Help Campaign, to speak to students.

The anti-bullying campaign was started by Karr in California after there were fake and negative posts on Facebook about a fellow teacher.

“The world’s messed up. And we need this age group to start realizing it and start doing something about it. And teaching them that they can help, that everyone can help” said I Can Help Co-founder Kim Karr.

The campaign works to remove negative posts on social media.

Members respond to bullying comments with kind words and ask for the page or comments to be removed.

“When something bad happens to you, you just think oh it’s only me. It can’t happen to anyone else. But when you come to one of these things and you see that everyone else has the problem too, then you know that you’re not alone,” said Flynn.

Karr spoke to students at the assembly about posting positive messages, and reporting negative posts.

Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman hopes the teens can learn from the assembly.

“I certainly hope that they take away from this initiative that what happens on social media can be so harmful, so hurtful. And yet the opportunity is there for it to be so positive and reinforcing,” said Sioux City Community Schools Superintendent Dr. Paul Gausman.

The I can help campaign uses many forms of social media like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to help get out their anti-bullying message.

For more information: I Can Help

 

 

http://www.ktiv.com/story/27492239/2014/11/26/students-learn-about-using-social-media-to-fight-back-against-cyber-bullying

November 26, 2014 at 7:57 pm

Parents of Ahwatukee teen sex-crime victim sue school

Posted by in School

The parents of an Ahwatukee Foothills sex-crime victim, who they say who was so traumatized by the crimes that she attempted suicide, have filed a civil suit accusing Horizon Community Learning Center of failing to adequately supervise a former teacher.

The teacher, David Depuydt, pleaded guilty to sexual-assault charges stemming from a seven-month sexual relationship with the 15-year-old girl that included sex acts performed in his classroom, in a school bathroom, in Depuydt’s car and at an apartment complex, according to court records.

Depuydt, 29, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on Sept. 26, placed on lifetime probation and forced to register as a sex offender. His presentence report said he had no prior arrest history.

The civil suit against Horizon, a charter school, was filed on Thursday in Maricopa County Superior Court.

The suit claims Depuydt’s crimes, in which he reportedly manipulated the student and threatened to kill her family if he went prison, have devastated her and her family. Because Horizon mishandled the situation, the girl was first outed internally and ridiculed by fellow students who called her sexually derogatory names, the suit alleges.

Melissa Hartley, a spokeswoman for the school, said Horizon would not comment on the suit.

Depuydt was engaged in sex acts with the student while he was supposed to be supervising her community-service project, the suit says.

“On multiple occasions, Defendant Depuydt committed acts of sexual assault and rape against Jane Doe on the Charter School premises,” the suit says.

The Arizona Republic is not reporting the plaintiffs’ names to protect the girl’s identity.

After the victim told Depuydt she believed she was pregnant, based upon the results of a home pregnancy test, Depuydt assaulted her in his classroom in an attempt to end the pregnancy, the suit says.

The suit further alleges that although Horizon administrators were aware of suspicious behavior, the school failed to take appropriate actions to protect the victim. The suspicious behavior included the victim spending time alone with Depuydt in his classroom after school hours and the victim being seen leaving the school with the teacher.

The suit also said Depuydt had sexually harassed the victim and other female students.

Hartley said Horizon is one of the oldest and largest charter schools in the state and has more than 1,400 students, with 806 students at Horizon Honors Elementary and 656 at Horizon Honors Secondary School.

Hartley provided letters posted on the school’s website, one of which was mentioned in the suit as a contributing factor to the girl’s ordeal.

“HCLC administration was contacted in the evening on August 4, 2013 regarding information about one of our teachers. David Depuydt, a High School Teacher at HCLC, is a suspect in allegations of sex acts with a minor,” Betsy Fera, the school’s executive director, wrote. “The victim is also an HCLC High School student. Depuydt is suspended from HCLC without pay pending the investigation.”

Fera also wrote that the school was cooperating with Phoenix police and could not comment further because of an ongoing investigation.

The suit claims that was enough information for word to spread throughout the school about the victim’s identity.

“As the result of the knowledge that Jane Doe was the victim of sexual assault and rape, Jane Doe was subjected to an unrelenting stream of sexual comments, sexual jokes and sexual harassment” by fellow students, the suit says.

The victim eventually transferred to another school and ended up being admitted to hospital at one point because of “suicidal ideation,” according to the lawsuit.

http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/ahwatukee/2014/11/25/parents-ahwatukee-teen-sex-victim-sues-school/70129864/

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Many Morris schools close due to pre-Thanksgiving storm

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school-busjpg-38fa484e28d6d8ed.jpg Many schools throughout Morris County closed Wednesday due to the impending storm on Nov. 26.

MORRIS COUNTY —  With many schools already planning to dismiss early due to the holiday, most Morris County school districts have closed Wednesday, Nov. 26 due to inclement weather.

Here’s a partial list of school closings and early dismissals throughout the area:

SCHOOL CLOSINGS

• Boonton
• Boonton Township
• Chester
• Denville
• Employment Horizons
• Dover
• Harding
• Head Start Community Program of Morris County
• Imagine and Learn Pre-School
• Jefferson
• Kinnelon
• Lincoln Park
• Madison
• Mendham Borough
• Mendham Township
• Montville
• Morris County Vocational School District
• Morris Hills Regional School District
• Morris School District
• Mountain Lakes
• Netcong Elementary
• Parsippany-Troy Hills
• Randolph
• Rockaway Borough
• Rockaway Township
• Roxbury
• Washington Township
• West Morris Regional School District
• Wharton

EARLY DISMISSALS

• Butler
• School District of the Chathams
• Florham Park
• Long Hill
• Mine Hill
• Morris Plains
• Pequannock
• Riverdale

Mount Olive School District was already scheduled to close Wednesday for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The County College of Morris is closing its Randolph Morristown offices at 11:30 a.m. All classes and events after noon are canceled.

If you’ve received notice of a delayed opening or a school closing for Nov. 26, but don’t see it on the list, let us know in the comments or at morris@njadvancemedia.com.

Justin Zaremba may be reached at jzaremba@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @JustinZarembaNJ. Find NJ.com on Facebook.

http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2014/11/morris_county_schools_close_to_due_impending_pre-thanksgiving_storm.html

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Mississippi Schools Sue State For More Money

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Woodley Elementary third grade students write their names into newly donated dictionaries at the school.

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In Taneka Hawkins’ classroom, 20 kindergarteners wiggle through a mid-morning dance break, waving their arms and jumping around to a guided dance video. It’s busy, to be sure, and a bit crowded.

“The children are so small, and a lot of things that we do have to be so hands on, and it’s kind of hard when it is more than 20,” Hawkins says. A class size of 15, she adds, would be ideal. “I think we could reach more students with that smaller class size.”

Hawkins teaches in Hattiesburg, Miss. Her state regularly ranks at or near the bottom in the nation for measures like student outcomes and per pupil spending. Now, nearly two dozen school districts think they have a way to break out of that rut: They’re suing the state for hundreds of millions of dollars in funding.

If the effort is successful, the Hattiesburg Public School District would be in line for a $12 million boost — equivalent to nearly a third of its current yearly budget. The money could allow the school to hire more teachers and decrease class sizes, which would make it easier for the kids to get their wiggles out.

Mississippi’s former governor, Ronnie Musgrove, is leading the lawsuit, giving the schools a high-powered advocate. “Our objective is to get as much money as possible back for every school district. We want to once again make education a priority in Mississippi,” Musgrove says.

Mississippi is unusual in that it is one of few states that hasn’t yet seen a lawsuit over education spending. Starting in the mid-1990s, school districts around the country began suing their state lawmakers over how education dollars were allocated.

While Mississippi is a latecomer to this kind of suit, its schools are demanding not just more money going forward but also past funding they believe they’re owed.

At Hattiesburg’s Woodley Elementary School, 93 percent of students qualify for free and reduced price lunch. Principal Felicia Morris says her budget is stretched so thin that she’s turned to churches for extra staff. And she cannot make repairs to the nearly 60-year-old school building or purchase books needed to teach new Common Core standards, she says.

“So we are having to pull other resources to maybe get, like, half of the books. Where, if we had more money, we would be able to get it all and fund the other projects that we have — not to mention class sizes, with maybe possibly having more tutors,” Morris says.

The lawsuit pits the schools against the state’s Republican legislative leadership, including the powerful Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves, who has questioned the motives of the Democrat leading the suit.

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“I think that the lawsuit gives former Gov. Musgrove the opportunity to make hundreds of millions of dollars in legal fees,” Reeves says. “And I’m not sure that’s in the best interest of Mississippi school children.”

Conservatives also don’t like the idea of courts becoming the arbiter of the state’s education budget. It may be one of the smallest in the country, but it still takes up nearly half of Mississippi’s annual revenue.

Molly Hunter, an attorney with the Education Law Center, says the lawsuit can help but warns that more money doesn’t guarantee better education. “I don’t know of anyone who says, ‘Just throw money at it.’ I think that the money has to be spent in an effective way,” she says. “But there are lots of effective ways to spend it.”

A ruling could come by the end of the year. If the judge rules in favor of the schools, it could mean lawmakers will have to find hundreds of millions of dollars in new education spending immediately — although they would likely appeal.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2014/11/26/366375678/mississippi-schools-sue-state-for-more-money