Monthly Archives: August 2015

‘It’s now or never’: Texts reveal teen’s efforts to pressure boyfriend into suicide

Michelle Carter knew that if anyone found her text messages to her boyfriend Conrad Roy III, she might go to jail.

“[If the police] read my messages with him I’m done. His family will hate me and I can go to jail,” Carter texted a friend after her 18-year-old boyfriend used a gas-powered water pump to commit suicide in the parking lot of a KMart.

Carter had asked Roy in a text message to delete her messages before he carried out the suicide last summer, but investigators found them anyway.

According to prosecutors, Carter pressured her boyfriend to go through with suicide for almost a week before he carried out the act. She counseled him to overcome his fears; researched methods of committing suicide painlessly; and lied to police, his family and her friends about his whereabouts during the act itself and after, prosecutors said.

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American Nurses Association Calls for ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy for Bullying, Workplace Violence

Are your staff being bullied? It’s likely, according to the American Nurses Association (ANA), which recently announced its support for a “zero tolerance” policy for bullying and workplace violence.

In a new position statement, the ANA says nurses “will no longer tolerate violence of any kind from any source” and calls on employers and RNs to create a healthy and safe work environment. The group’s position addresses several negative workplace actions, ranging from incivility to bullying and physical violence.

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65 per cent of students have been bullied – CDA report (JM)

JamaicaA Child Development Agency (CDA)-commissioned study has found that 60 to 65 per cent of students have been bullied at some time in their lives.

The study, titled ‘Investigating the Prevalence and Impact of Peer Abuse (Bullying) on the Development of Jamaica’s Children’, which was funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund and conducted by PSearch Associates Company Limited, found that of the children who reported being bullied, 57.6 per cent cited being teased or called names.

The study also found that 31.5 per cent of the respondents reported being hit, kicked, and shoved; 28.6 per cent indicated having lies told on them; and another 13.7 per cent report that they were excluded or ignored.

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A helpline for schools tackling cyberbullying

Cyberbullying_00With a reported 55 percent of all teens on social media witnessing outright bullying via that medium, and with 95 percent of those youngsters who witnessed bullying on social media choosing to simply ignore the behavior, K-12 districts are growing increasingly concerned about the impact that such activities can have on their students.

This concern is warranted according to the advocacy site NoBullying.com, which reports that just one of out of every six parents are even aware of the scope and intensity involved with cyber bullying and that the victims are more likely to suffer from low self-esteem and to consider suicide as a result.

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Federal district court rules Mississippi district violated terms of consent decree by continuing the practice of advancing and endorsing the Christian religion and coercing students to participate in religious activity

A federal district court in Mississippi has found a school district in contempt for violating the terms of an agreed judgment where the school district promised  to stop practices that resulted in the advancing and endorsing of the Christian religion and coercing students to participate in religious activity. It concluded that the school district had continued to engage in the very practices that led to the lawsuit. Specifically, although the school district was under a court approved consent decree that required its compliance with a “Religion in Public Schools Policy” (Religion Policy), which outlines standards for ensuring that its schools conformed with the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause, the court found that the district held an honors convocation at which a Christian minister offered Christian prayer and the district allowed the distribution of Bibles in school.

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