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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