Monthly Archives: February 2016

“Bullied” Worker Indiscriminately Gunned Down Co-Workers, Authorities Allege

A Kansas gunman who was reportedly teased by co-workers killed three people

on Thursday after randomly opening fire on the street, then continuing the rampage at his workplace.

Cedric Ford, 38, went on a 26 minute crime spree after having been issued a restraining order, officials claim.

Ford allegedly stole a truck Thursday evening and killed the driver, then opened fire on multiple people in Newton and Hesston.

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The Tweeting, tyrannical workplace bully

(Thanks to Dr. David Yamada – Mike Tully, Editor)

In gauging bullying behaviors, perhaps some slack should be extended to the rough and tumble world of electioneering. After all, politics is a blood sport, right?

That said, the use of malicious, relentless, abusive behavior to humiliate and destroy targets is inexcusable, even on the campaign trail.

Which brings me to Donald Trump, whose version of political campaigning not only embraces bullying on such a scale, but also employs eliminationist, scapegoating rhetoric designed to stir up mobs. It is a playbook seemingly copied from 1930s Europe, with help from 21st century technology. It is scary and we should be scared. He embraces the bully role and, for now at least, he is getting away with it. In fact, some people are flocking to him and his virulent narcissism because of it.

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The Inside Story of Facebook Reactions: Beyond ‘Like’

(Thanks to Larry Magid, Huffington Post)

By now you may have heard that Facebook’s “like” button has company. In addition to saying that you like someone else’s post, you can now say Love, Haha, Wow, Sad or Angry.

The initiative, said Facebook engineering director Tom Alison, came from CEO Mark Zuckerberg who, last year, told staff that he wanted to allow people to give feedback on newsfeed posts other than like.

Zuckerberg was responding to years of feedback from Facebook users who felt odd about “liking” posts that, perhaps, had bad news, like someone’s dog dying, or posts about things that made them angry.

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Revisit RCMP bullying issue, minister tells watchdog

OTTAWA — The federal public safety minister is asking the RCMP watchdog to revisit the issue of bullying and harassment within the national police force.

Ralph Goodale says he has invited the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP to look at whether recommendations it made three years ago have been implemented.

Last week the minister expressed outrage to RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson when allegations surfaced about unwanted sexual touching, bullying and rampant nudity in the workplace at the explosives training unit of the Canadian Police College in Ottawa.

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Is it Rude, is it Mean or is it Bullying? (With Lesson Plans)

(NOTE:  The lesson plans included with this post are presented as a courtesy only.  This citation does not constitute an endorsement.  – Mike Tully, Editor.)

I don’t know about you but I grow weary of the constant reports of students being “bullied.”  Now I know there are children who are truly being bullied, who are afraid to come to school, find it difficult to concentrate on their work, have no friends, and are withdrawn and depressed because of the constant abuse of a school bully.  When real bullying occurs, I am the first to advocate for any student in that situation.  I investigate each claim and I do everything I can as a School Counselor to empower and support the student targeted, involve parents and administration who address the situation from a  legal and disciplinary angle, and get help for the bully.

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