Posts Tagged ‘School Bullying’

Some Schools Just Don’t Get it When it Comes to Bullying

April 20, 2014


When I see a school disseminate the message that bullying should be left unreported, I feel sorry for people like my friend, Mike Feurstein, who has invested so much of his professional life to inspire kids to do the complete opposite.


A Nebraska school principal has apologized for sending fifth-grade students home with a flier that advises those who are bullied to not tattle on their tormentors.

Some parents of the fifth-graders at Zeman Elementary in Lincoln complained and posted angry comments on Facebook, the Lincoln Journal Star ( ) reported Thursday.

Zeman principal Donna Williams apologized directly to the families on Wednesday for the wording of the flier, and the district posted the apology on its Facebook page.

“The flier was sent home with good intentions,” said Williams. “Unfortunately it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents.”

District student services director Russ Uhing said the LPS philosophy is: Ask the bully to stop. Walk away. If the bullying continues, tell a parent or teacher.

On the contrary, the flier advises that students should not tell on bullies because the No. 1 reason “bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them.

“Telling makes the bully want to retaliate,” it says. “Tell an adult only when a real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred. Would we keep our friends if we tattled on them?”


I will gladly combat Zeman Elementary’s pathetic advice with two example that will achieve a much better outcome:


Click on the link to read The Bystander Experiment (Video)

Click on the link to read Tips for Managing Workplace Bullying

Click on the link to read 12,000 Students a Year Change Schools Due to Bullying

Click on the link to read The Devastating Effects of Bullying (Video)

Click on the link to read Sickening Video of Girl Being Bullied for Having Ginger Hair

Click on the link to read Our Young Children Shouldn’t Even Know What a Diet Is?


Graphic Video of Teen Attacked on Bus

February 10, 2013

We hear about fighting and bullying but not many understand how bad it can get and how passive the bystanders can be:

Florida 16-year-old Chase Cristia was standing up for a friend during lunch, when another J. W. Mitchell High School student threatened her last Friday, Bay News 9 reports. Though Cristia reported the incident to her assistant principal, “no imminent threat” was found and the sophomore was permitted to ride the bus home, as always.

According to authorities, it was there where a 17-year-old student attacked, while another student filmed the brutal school bus beating. The footage was later posted to Facebook.

Addressing how quickly the video was posted to Facebook, Pasco Superintendent Kurt Browning told local TV station WFLA, “I think it’s a reality of where we are today in our society and our culture.”

Two students allegedly involved have since been arrested on misdemeanor charges, but Cristia is still considerably shaken by the horrific incident that has been shared countless times on social media networks.

She returned to school on Wednesday, but left early after she was subjected to teasing from classmates, Tampa Bay Online reports.

Though the graphic video in which Cristia is beaten by a fellow classmate on a moving school bus is only 16 seconds long, it will live on the Internet for years to come.

“It’s not like we can recall them,” Dennis Alfonso, an attorney for the Pasco County school board, told the Tampa Bay Times.

According to school officials, the two sophomore students have also been suspended, and the district has launched an investigation into the incident, Fox 13 reports.

Cristia and her mother are pressing charges against the female students involved, and Cristia’s mother also intends to file a restraining order against the two on behalf of her daughter.

However, in an interesting change of events, Cristia told ABC News that she received a brief apology note from her attacker Wednesday morning.

“I’m sorry. I am so sorry, Chase,” the note reportedly read.

When the School Bus Mirrors a War Zone (Video)

August 31, 2012

I think it’s highly appropriate for the police to take incidents featuring physical bullying like the one above very seriously:

The argument on a Franklin Township school bus wasn’t particularly unusual. One student had taken a seat that another wanted for himself.

But to Lora Hoagland, what followed was horrifying — a 15-year-old attacking her younger, smaller son for nearly a full minute, the image captured on a cellphone video taken by another student on the bus as it left the parking lot at Franklin Township Middle School East on Wednesday afternoon.

The video, posted to Facebook, was cited by Franklin Township Schools Police in arresting the 15-year-old on preliminary charges of battery with injury and disorderly conduct. It also has left Hoagland with doubts about the safety of her two children, both students in Franklin Township.

She didn’t send either of them to school Friday, likening the scene on the bus to a war zone.

Click on the link to read The Rise of Teacher Approved Bullying (Video)

Click on the link to read Punishments Handed to Children Who Bullied Bus Monitor. Now What?

Click on the link to read The Kids Who Bullied Their School Bus Monitor Shouldn’t be Punished: Nelson

Click on the link to read Video of a Bus Monitor Being Bullied by Middle School Children Goes Viral

The Daycare Centre With a Boxing Ring

August 21, 2012

“No pinching, only punching” – sounds like advice a boxing coach would give. It certainly doesn’t sound like an appropriate thing for a daycare worker to say:

Three employees of a Delaware daycare were arrested Monday after police say a ‘disturbing’ cell phone video allegedly captured two toddlers participating in an organized fistfight.

The Hands of Our Future LLC Daycare in Dover also had its license suspended pending a hearing, CBS 3 in Philadelphia reported.

Three of the center’s employees — Tiana Harris, 19; Estefania Myers, 21; and Lisa Parker, 47 — are accused of forcing two 3-year-olds to strike one another in the head and face repeatedly last March.

“It’s shocking, disturbing and infuriating to watch this video that shows the two children whaling on each other,” Dover Police Capt. Tim Stump told The News Journal. “These are our most precious cargo and to have adults responsible for caring for their well -being to have them behave as such is sickening.”While the footage was not released publicly, police said one of the children could be heard yelling, “He’s pinching me,” and then a worker responding, “No pinching, only punching,” CBS reported.“Clearly one of the children is crying and does not want to continue on and he is pushed back into the fray by one of the adults,” Stump told the station.

It’s frightening to read about some of the individuals entrusted with the care of our precious children.

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