Monthly Archives: October 2015

9-R students create teacher-bashing tweets (CO)

durango_high_school_thumbCyberbullying on social media has been happening across the country, and now, after a couple of episodes at Durango High School involving students bullying students, it’s a case of students cyberbullying teachers.

A Twitter handle established in mid-October, which contains a profanity and uses both the term 9-R and the Demons’ copyrighted logo, has a feed full of obscenities, a religious slur, accusations of inappropriate actions with students and suggestions of domestic violence regarding teachers at Durango High School. Tweets like these can damage teachers’ careers and reputations.

“Those are some pretty heavy accusations,” said Lindsay Nyquist, social media and video coordinator for Fort Lewis College. “I do a lot of teaching of college students about social media and digital presence, and the one thing I stress is that this could be part of their permanent record. Even if they delete it later, even after a second, someone could have captured a screenshot, and it could affect their ability to be admitted to college or when they’re job hunting.”

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LGBTQ Students: More Than Victims of Bullying

For October, Anti-bullying Month, we are engaging several key sociologists who research gender and sexuality in education in conversations on LGBTQ bullying. This is the second of these posts.

Jessica Fields,Ph.D. is a Professor of Sociology and Sexuality Studies at San Francisco State University. She is the author of Risky Lessons: Sex Education and Social Inequality and studies sexuality education in middle schools, high schools, jails, and universities.

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School Gets Lesson for Barring Lesbian T-Shirt

nobody-lesbianA Northern California high school that sent a girl home for wearing a “Nobody knows I’m a lesbian” T-shirt, claiming she was “promoting sex,” is facing a federal lawsuit for it.

Sixteen-year-old T.V. and her mother sued two assistant principals at Sierra High School in Manteca, a town of 72,000 just south of Stockton.  They claim assistant principal Dan Beukelman and vice principal Greg Leland violated the state and federal constitutions and the California Education Code by censoring her shirt with claims that it was “promoting sex” and “an open invitation to sex.”

Leland sent her home from school on Aug. 10 after she refused his order to change it. She says he told her “that she was not allowed to display her ‘sexuality’ on clothing.”

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(Graphic courtesy of Courthouse News Service)

StopIt app tries to prevent children from cyber bullying

BLOG-8-24-15-APPSBullying is a problem around the world. About 1 in 3 children say they’ve been bullied. While there have been strides made thanks to awareness of the problem, cyber-bullying is a growing problem which makes it harder than ever for victims. A new app adopted in schools across the U.S. is helping to make it easier to report cyber bullying.

The vast majority of bullying in America still happens in person in school. But a growing number of students are now being cyber bullied.“What we’re finding is that cyber bullying or online harassment isn’t more common than in-person bullying and harassment, but it exacerbates because it’s an additional form that people are experiencing. So if you’re bullied in school, you are also more likely to then get it online and that exacerbates what’s already going on because you can’t get away from it,” said Joe Kosciw, the chief research and strategy officer of GLSEN.

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Henry A. Giroux | Schools as Punishing Factories: The Handcuffing of Public Education

(NOTE:  This article is from early August, but I’m including it because of the recent episode in South Carolina in which Deputy Sheriff Ben Fields used excessive physical force against a female high school student.  The Sheriff appropriately fired Deputy Fields for his actions.  While I do not necessarily endorse all of the author’s opinions, this piece is certainly relevant to the current national discussion.  — Mike Tully)

The Nobel Prize-winning author Ngugi wa Thiong’o has insisted rightfully that “Children are the future of any society,” adding, “If you want to maim the future of any society, you simply maim the children.”

If one important measure of a democracy is how a society treats its children – especially children of color, poor and working-class youth, and those with disabilities – there can be little doubt that the United States is failing. Half of all public school children live in near poverty, 16 million children receive food stamps and 90 percent of Black children will be on food stamps at some point during childhood. Moreover, too many children are either incarcerated or homeless.

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