Category Archives: SCHOOL

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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With cyber-bullying on the rise, children, women being pushed over the edge (India)

15-year-old Ankush (name changed) had been active on social media ever since he got his hands on a computer. After creating an account on Facebook, bypassing the minimum age criteria, he was soon a part of his school’s online community.

Soon, however, the school canteen was abuzz with gossip as Ankush became the butt of everyone’s jokes and was trolled on a daily basis.

“I have a small face and my hair sticks up, so they called me ‘pineapple face’. I did not mind it as even my seniors called me that. At least they knew about me,” said Ankush.

However, what started as a trickle turned into a flood of incessant trolling, as his bullies made a hate page in his name and photoshopped his face to poke fun at him, reducing his existence to a meme.

That was when Ankush started to cut himself with a blade, frustrated that he could not even talk to his parents about this issue, as he was asked not to open a Facebook profile. “I used to cut my right forearm and conceal it with a sports band. I would show it to my friends, who asked me to stop hurting myself,” he says.

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Anti-Semitic bullying forces Jewish teen from Berlin high school

The story of a 14-year-old who had to change schools to escape anti-Semitism is making headlines in Germany. The boy’s tormentors were of Arab and Turkish descent – making the news even more explosive.

The story about the teenager, which originally ran in the UK newspaper “The Jewish Chronicle,” featured in the weekend editions of many German newspapers as well as the online edition of respected news magazine “Der Spiegel.”
The “Chronicle” reported that 14-year-old “Phillip” (not his real name) transferred from the Gemeinschaftschule in the Friedenau district of Berlin to another school after suffering anti-Semitic abuse. The teenager was subjected to verbal harassment after revealing he was Jewish. He was also grabbed and threatened with a realistic-looking pistol that later turned out to be fake.

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Hate speech in schools concerns Sacramento residents

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. (KCRA) —
There are growing concerns about hate crimes in the greater Sacramento region — and across the nation. On Sunday, dozens of people gathered at the Hagan Community Center in Rancho Cordova to speak out about incidents involving bullying and hateful speech directed at members of the Indian-American community.

“People have always wanted their kids to be able to come to America,” Rep. Ami Bera, D-Elk Grove, told the crowded room filled with immigrants.

Some of those immigrants said Indian-American children are being harassed and called names at school.

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Parents’ advice can support or undermine targets of school bullying-prevention programs

WASHINGTON (March 21, 2017) – Children who are bystanders to a bullying incident are more likely to intervene if their parents have given them advice to intervene and less likely to intervene if their parents tell them to “stay out of it,” according to a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, a journal of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. The study suggests that culturally-consistent family components may enhance and promote the success of school-based anti-bullying efforts.

“Bullying is a serious problem for children, schools, and families. Our research suggests that parents have the power to address this problem through the advice they give their children at home. Nearly all children are involved in bullying situations as bystanders even if they are not a bully or a victim, so it is important that parents talk with their children about ways they can intervene if they witness someone being bullied,” said Stevie Grassetti, PhD, Post-Doctoral Researcher at the University of Delaware, and lead author of the study. “Bystander children play a powerful role in stopping bullying.”

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Girls are more affected by cyberbullying

Cyberbullying affects girls more than boys – putting them off school and raising the risk of truancy, according to new research.

Being involved in the modern life scourge – either as perpetrators, victims or both – makes them feel less accepted by their peers, while boys are more able to brush it off.

And this has a knock on effect, spilling over into how important they felt school and learning were, the study found.

With boys, just those who had been a bully as well as a victim, had the same negative attitude.

It follows a government survey that found girls are twice as likely to be ‘cyberbullied’, in which youngsters use technology to harass peers, than boys.

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Bullied: Hidden cameras expose schoolyard horrors

The bullying began the moment 14-year-old Kelsey arrived at school.

“F***ing p***ter. Shemale. I wanna smash the mop head. F*** yourself,” disguised voices shouted, in vision where identities are blurred.

And how was that footage captured? By a hidden camera, given to a child who was being bullied at school, by a TV production company.

The footage was the linchpin of a documentary, Bullied, which screened on Tuesday night on the ABC.

It’s a controversial concept because neither the school nor the parents of its pupils had given their permission for the filming to take place.

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State Department of Education: Intervention is slowing down bullying in schools

BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) — New data on bullying is giving hope to Idaho educators.

“It’s hard to have great schools when students don’t feel safe,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sherri Ybarra. “It affects their academics, it affects their emotional well being.”

Which is why Ybarra says she’s made it a top priority to promote bullying awareness. She encourages training parents, staff and students to recognize bullying and provide the tools necessary to stop it.

One of those tools is requiring districts and charter schools to report bullying incidents at the end of each school year. The department hopes this will provide a snap shot of how many students are being bullied, and if intervention is working.

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Kenyans react to bullying at Alliance High

Kenyans on the Internet were horrified after details leading to the early retirement of a principal in one of the country’s leading schools emerged.

The brutal stories of bullying and mistreatment of Form One students at the Alliance High School have left many with a bitter taste in their mouths and they have posted different reactions social media after photos of one of the victims became public.

Many feel that the punishment meted out against the principal was too lenient and more action should be taken to curb the vice.

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