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Mike Tully is a licensed attorney in Tucson, Arizona, as well as a professional journalist. Mike served on the Board of Directors of the International Bullying Prevention Association from 2007 - 2010 and was Chairman of the 2010 Annual Conference in Seattle. Mike has served as a Pima County Justice of the Peace Pro-Tem, Legal Counsel for the Tucson Unified School District, and ADA Coordinator for Pima County, Arizona. Mike has presented on cyberbullying and workplace bullying at numerous conferences and authored Pima County's Workplace Bullying Policy that was adopted in 2013.


When Scott McLeod decided to deactivate his blog, “At The Schoolhouse Gate” several years, I decided to try to fill the void.  I’m not sure I ever matched Professor McLeod’s quality and presentation, but I gave it my best shot.  I have worked to present current news stories about bullying in schools and, more recently, in the workplace.   I have also taken advantage of my professional contacts to provide access to research studies and articles that I believed readers of this blog would find interesting.  I confess that many of my links were inspired by my friend Nancy Willard’s online discussion group, which I have been a member of since its inception.  Nancy has gathered an impressive roster of participants.

The time has come to put an end to this blog.  I have decided to focus my attention and energy on another online publication, also called “Substantial Disruption,” which is the location for my weekly opinion column.  Over the next few days and weeks I will redesign it and and expand it to include information about bullying — primarily workplace bullying — and news articles I find of interest.  Just delete the “blog” part of this URL and you will be there.  This page will shortly direct visitors to that site.  I also need to devote more time to my book on workplace bullying, which I hope to submit for publication later this year.  Stay tuned.

The event that triggered my decision to terminate this blog was the decision by the International Bullying Prevention Association to publish its own blog.  I am happy to defer to the Association, of which I am a member.  I served on the Association’s Board of Directors for several years and have presented at their annual conference, most recently in 2014 in San Diego.  You can read their blog by clicking here.  Give it a look.

Thanks to those of you who read this blog and commented.  I hope you follow me to my other blog, SUBSTANTIAL DISRUPTION, and recommend it to others if you like it.  It’s a different approach, but one that I am  historically comfortable with.  I have co-hosted a radio talk show and written an Internet column for years and enjoy the role of pundit, which comes naturally.  I’m sure I ruffle some feathers, but heck, that’s what feathers are for.  But I’ve had a lot of positive reaction, much more than criticism.


Mike Tully


’13 Reasons Why’ faces backlash from suicide prevention advocacy group

A suicide prevention advocacy group is speaking out about the new Netflix original series “13 Reasons Why,” saying that the show — a teen drama centered on a high school student who kills herself — could do “more harm than any good.”

The show, based on a young adult novel of the same name and co-produced by Selena Gomez, revolves around 17-year-old Hannah Baker, who takes her own life and leaves behind audio recordings for 13 people who she says were part of shy she killed herself.

“There is a great concern that I have … that young people are going to overidentify with Hannah in the series and we actually may see more suicides as a result of this television series,” said Dan Reidenberg, the executive director for Suicide Awareness Voices of Education, a nonprofit group with the mission of suicide prevention.

“I’ve heard from others that are really concerned because its so sensational and so graphic that they’re worried about the copycat effect of suicide,” he added.

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Bullying of part-timers pushing women out of police force

Police forces will struggle to retain women while part-time workers are bullied, the Police Federation of Australia says.

A new survey of 11,000 police across Australia found that one third of officers on family-flexible hours reported being victimised for their work choices. Of those, the vast majority were women.

The Police Federation study also found that, on average, female officers leave the force after seven years of service.

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Tragedy as ninth grader at a Pennsylvania high school kills herself after a ‘classmate cyber-bullied her’ – becoming the latest victim of online harassment in the classroom

Police are investigating if cyber-bullying pushed a Pennsylvania high school freshman to take her own life.  A student named Julia who attended Spring-Ford High School in Limerick, Pennsylvania died by suicide Thursday night.

Grief counselors at Spring-Ford High School were available for students Friday and Saturday. Police have not publicly identified the victim but there are multiple fundraising pages to support her family that name her.

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San Diego Unified to fight Islamophobia, bullying

San Diego Unified School District administrators and teachers will have calendars showing Islamic holidays, students will learn more about the religion in social studies classes and safe places will be created on campuses for Muslim students as part of a multi-tiered approach to combat Islamophobia.

Trustees on Tuesday voted 4-0, with board member Michael McQuary absent, to approve a plan to confront Islamophobia and bullying against Muslim students.

Stan Anjan, executive director of Family and Community Engagement at the district, said elements of the plan will be laid out before the end of the school year with a goal of having it in place at the start of the fall semester.

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