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Teens Arrested in Rape Case Tied to Saratoga High Student’s Suicide

April 14, 2013 Comments off

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Updated:   04/12/2013 12:46:18 PM PDT

SARATOGA — Three 16-year-old boys were arrested Thursday in the sexual battery of an intoxicated and unconscious 15-year-old Saratoga High School student, who killed herself last fall after photos of the assault went viral.

When digital photos showing what had happened “spread like wildfire,” the aftermath was so humiliating and torturous the gifted and well-loved Audrie Pott could no longer take it, said Robert Allard, the attorney for her family.

“Poor Audrie was terrorized by cyberbullying,” Allard said.

She posted on Facebook, calling it the “worst day in her life,” a life she now wanted to end — which she did Sept. 10, eight days after the assault. Read entire article here.

Stop Accepting Bullying As Just a Sad Fact of Life

November 4, 2012 Comments off

Now we appreciate how damaging it is, we need to get our act together and outlaw it, writes Carol Hunt

It’s not true that Irish children are somehow “crueller” than children in other countries, despite what co-founder of controversial website ask.fm Mark Terebin has asserted. Our kids are neither more nor less kind than those of other jurisdictions. Bullying has been around for centuries, and many of us, adults and children alike, have bullied or been bullied to varying degrees. Sometimes it’s viewed as part and parcel of growing up; nasty but inevitable. Sticks and stones and all that … But just because something has always occurred is no excuse for tolerating its existence, or indeed continuance.

 

For those who say that bullying is a sad fact of life, I argue that corporal punishment used to be the norm, particularly in the “education” of children. Wife-beating was tolerated as a fact of life. Driving home drunk after an evening in the pub didn’t raise an eyebrow in many quarters. But gradually we realised the awful consequences of such behaviours and decided society needed new values. Now we need to encourage a behavioural change regarding our attitudes towards bullying, on and offline. We can do it, but everyone needs to play a part. Read entire article here.

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Cyberbullying Bill Approved in Delaware Senate

April 29, 2012 Comments off

Posted: Apr 27, 2012 3:09 PM CDT Updated: Apr 28, 2012 8:00 AM CDT

By Angelica Spanos – email

DOVER, Del.-  Legislation to help schools deal with cyberbullying has passed in the Delaware Senate.

According to the bill, a statewide cyberbullying policy should be adopted by local school districts and charter schools. The bill would allow the Attorney General Beau Biden‘s office and the state Department of Education to develop cyberbullying policies for the Delaware‘s schools. Districts that use the new policy verbatim, can count on having Biden’s attorney’s at their side, if their policy is challenged.

Dover High School Associate Principal Tiff McCullough said he supports this bill.

“I see it daily, a majority of the issues we have involving verbal altercations stem from Facebook, Twitter, where kids are able to access the Internet,” McCullough said. Click here to read entire article.

High Schooler’s Petition to Make ‘Bully’ PG-13 Goes Viral

March 18, 2012 Comments off
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