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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Emergency Room: Half Of Teens Who Go Report Cyberbullying, Peer Violence

A new study shows that close to half of teens coming into the emergency room (ER) report peer violence and/or cyberbullying. The research also showed that nearly one-quarter show symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Researchers surveyed close to 400 adolescents between the ages of 13 and 17 who sought care at the ER between August 2013 and March 2014. They used validated self-reported measures to track mental health symptoms, violence exposure and risky behavior.

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Magid: Standing with Tim Cook

Since the news broke Tuesday night, I’ve done a lot of live radio and TV interviews about the battle going on between the FBI and Apple and almost every news anchor I spoke with expressed mixed feelings about the case. Just about everyone sympathized with the FBI’s and the court’s intentions, while also being at least someone supportive of Apple’s stance against giving the government a “back door” to its customer’s iPhones.

This particular battle began Tuesday night after a federal judge ordered Apple to create software to help federal cops bypass iPhone security so that they could get information from the iPhone of San Bernardino terrorist Syed Rizwan Farook, who along with his wife, shot and killed 14 people in December. But the encryption war between Silicon Valley tech companies and federal officials has been raging for months with officials, including FBI Director James Comey, arguing that tech companies should provide the government with the ability to break the strong encryption built into many products to help thwart terrorism and other violent crimes.

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S.D. passes transgender student bathroom ban bill

PIERRE, S.D. – South Dakota would be the first state in the U.S. to approve a law requiring transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their sex at birth if the governor signs a bill passed Tuesday by the state Senate.

The Senate voted 20-15 to send the bill to Republican Gov. Dennis Daugaard, who initially responded positively to the measure but said last week he’d need to study it more before making a decision.

Advocates say the bill is meant to protect the privacy of students, but opponents say it discriminates against vulnerable adolescents.

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New Study Finds Little Evidence for Relationship Between TV Aggression and Real-Life Aggression in Youth but Claims It Does Anyway

In recent years, social psychology in general, and media psychology specifically, has taken a beating for a number of bad practices. These have included a tendency to chase “statistically significant” results, ignoring non-significant findings, and presenting very weak, trivial findings as more important and conclusive than they actually are. Myself and others have argued that these systematic, cultural problems in academic psychology are seriously eroding the credibility of our field as a science. A new study in the journal Developmental Psychology that attempts to link aggression on television to aggression in real life provides an excellent example of these problems in academic psychology. Put simply, the study’s findings provide very little convincing reason to believe there’s much of a link, but the author appears to over-interpret weak and inconsistent results in ways I would consider to be irresponsible.

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New record: 30th state – Rhode Island – introduces the WBI Healthy Workplace Bill

(From the Workplace Bullying Institute.)

Everyone bullied knows how the absence of any state laws to expressly prohibit bullying and abusive conduct has made it difficult to get justice from their employers. Without a law such as state and federal statutes that make discriminatory misconduct illegal, employers can and do nothing.

Does anyone believe American employers, government or private sector, would voluntarily stumble upon the mistreatment women routinely face in the contemporary workplace and create protections for those employees? Not likely. Only laws get employer attention and compel compliance. That’s why employer policies are in place. In fact, most employers overreact to even a hint of harassment.

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