Monthly Archives: July 2016

MAST@FIU Hung Signs Around ADHD Students’ Necks to Shame Them, Lawsuit Says

(Editor’s Note:  The topic of student bullying on the part of school staff has not been well-researched or properly acknowledged.  This seems to be an example of school adult staff bullying kids.  It’s especially egregious that the targets are disabled students.  This case is not likely to end well for the Academy.  — Mike Tully)

Among Miami’s most prestigious high schools is the Marine Academy of Science and Technology, which is dedicated to giving gifted kids a rigorous education in the marine sciences. But according to one set of triplets who attended the school’s Florida International University campus in North Miami, MAST takes education so seriously that if you need to miss class for an actual disability, staff members might hang a sign around your neck to shame you.

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County permits culture of bullying, insensitivity and negative attitudes towards mental illness, alleges former EMS manager (CA)

A $585,000 wrongful dismissal lawsuit has been launched against the County of Lambton.

Former emergency medical services manager Ian MacLeod, who won a high-profile Ontario Human Rights Tribunal (HRTO) case, recently launched civil action after the county fired him in February.

According to his statement of claim, MacLeod says he was fired on the grounds he made “inappropriate and unprofessional comments” about the county and its management to Jeff Brooks – then deputy EMS manager – and encouraged Brooks to take his own legal action against the county.

MacLeod was also fired on the grounds he had been “dishonest” during a third-party investigation – one he claims had “multiple deficiencies” – commissioned by the county to investigate his comments, according to his statement of claim.

But MacLeod, who the tribunal previously found had been discriminated against by the county for his bipolar disorder, alleges his recent behaviour is the result of the progression of his illness, which the county failed to “consider, investigate or accommodate.”

He also claims he was the victim of months of bullying, workplace harassment and isolation at the hands of some senior managers when he returned to the workplace in March 2015.

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Police Shooting Traumatized Son With Autism, Mom Says

MIAMI — Gladys Soto learned that her adult son was at the center of a churning national scandal over the excessive use of police force and the rights of people with disabilities when a church friend called her last Monday. Was she watching television? Was that Arnaldo, her son with autism, clutching a toy truck next to a caregiver who had just been shot?

It would be hours before 60-year-old Gladys Soto learned the truth: Her son, Arnaldo Eliud Rios Soto, had wandered away from his North Miami group home. His behavior aide, a man Rios loved, had been shot by police as he desperately tried to warn them that Rios had autism, was not a danger to anyone, and was wielding a toy truck, not a gun. As Charles Kinsey lay on the ground, hands raised above him in a sign of abject submission, a bullet from a police sniper pierced his leg.

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(Alternative) Dispute Resolution And Workplace Bullying Some Pros and Cons from the Coalface (AU)


We wondered how bullying targets who had participated in mediation or conciliation experienced both process and outcome. Specifically, we wanted to identify what variables, if any, affect perceptions of the efficacy of mediation or conciliation. We were also interested in whether settlement necessarily equates with feelings of satisfaction or justice. Accordingly, 10 employee respondents were recruited via a Survey Monkey email invitation to 20 people who had recently participated in one or more tribunal-facilitated conciliation and/or court-referred mediation. Their responses to the four open-ended questions were analysed thematically.

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Youth Involvement in the Sex Trade: A National Study

Over the past decade, federal, state, and local policymakers across the United States have
devoted increasing attention to the plight of youth who are involved in the sex trade. Despite
growing national attention, the ability of policymakers to design effective programs and
strategies has been hindered by a paucity of valid research on the size, needs, characteristics,
and criminal justice experiences of these youth (e.g., see Institute of Medicine 2013).
Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention of the U.S. Department
of Justice, the current multi-method, multi-site study aims to increase scientific knowledge.
Building on prior research using comparable methods in New York City and implemented by
some of the same researchers (Curtis et al. 2008; Muslim, Labriola, and Rempel 2008; and
see, also, Dank et al. 2015), this study includes interviews with youth and official records
data collection in six sites: Atlantic City, NJ; the Bay Area, CA; Chicago, IL; Dallas, TX;
Miami, FL; and Las Vegas, NV.

To date, the study has produced six reports providing comprehensive ethnographic findings
concerning the lives of youth in the sex trade in each of the research sites (Jones and Gamson
2016; Marcus, Riggs, Rivera, and Curtis 2016; Martin et al. 2016; Maurrasse and Jones
2016; Schaffner et al. 2016; and Wagner, Whitmer, and Spivak 2016). The current report
provides a quantitative, multi-site analysis of findings from nearly 1,000 youth interviews
across all six sites; a population estimate; findings from official criminal justice data sources;
and findings from interviews with service providers. All reports are available at


Parents file suit against North Carolina district claiming their son was subjected to peer bullying because of his nut allergy

According to The Charlotte Observer, the parents of a student, who suffers from a severe nut allergy, are suing the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education (CMBOE), claiming school officials failed to protect the student from peer bullying over his nut allergy. The suit states that the student, who was attending Highland Creek Elementary School (HCES), was subjected to bullying throughout the 2014-15 school year. The parents made the decision to switch him to a private school, once he finished the school year, after he was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder.

The suit alleges the bullying started with a threat on Sept. 4, 2014. The student had told a classmate, identified as “Student 1” in the complaint, that he is deathly allergic to pistachios and cashews. In response, the Student 1 warned him to “watch out,” saying he was going to bring nuts to school.

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Women In The Workplace: Are Women Tougher On Other Women?

There’s always going to be friction between certain people in any work environment. Whether it stems from personality differences, competition or minor quibbles and pet peeves, not everyone is going to get along.

But aggression between women, it seems, is a trend in the workplace that may come as some surprise, says Thuy Sindell, founder of leadership consultancy Skyline International. Sindell and her team surveyed more than 1,000 professionals on leadership qualities and in doing so found that, in their survey, women rated the effectiveness of other women lower 57% of the time for workplace competencies, compared to men at 14%.

“Overall, women are rating women harder, hands down, across most competencies,” Sindell says. Intirgued with the results, she found that there is other data to support that hypothesis from other sources.

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Limit Kids’ Exposure to Media Violence, Pediatricians Say

(Editor’s Note:  I agree with Christopher Ferguson (quoted in this article) that the alleged link between video games and violent behavior is far from proven.  It’s a good idea to discourage overexposure to video games — violent and otherwise — but assuming there is a bit of a stretch.  – Mike Tully)

MONDAY, July 18, 2016 (HealthDay News) — Media violence has become a routine part of the daily lives of American children, and parents, lawmakers and the media should take steps to change that, a leading pediatricians’ group recommends.

The new policy statement, from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), calls on pediatricians to routinely ask about children’s “media diet,” and for parents to limit the violent content their kids see — whether on TV, online or in video games.

Video gaming is a particular concern, partly because of the advent of 3D technology that creates a “more immersive experience with violence,” said statement author Dr. Dimitri Christakis.

Christakis directs the Center for Child Health, Behavior and Development at Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

The policy statement points to a “proven scientific connection” between virtual violence and real-life aggression, the doctors say. Many studies have found such links, Christakis said.

Some media violence experts contend that such a link is far from proven.

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County officials reach out to members of local Muslim community (MD)

GERMANTOWN – Montgomery County officials signed a solidarity proclamation to show its support for the county’s Muslim population Thursday afternoon during a signing ceremony at the Islamic Society of Germantown.

“You are respected and in fact, you are valued,” County Executive Ike Leggett said at the ceremony after the end of Ramadan.

Leggett and County Council President Nancy Floreen (D), stated in the proclamation, “We will not tolerate the acts of hatred against Muslims. We encourage all residents to join us in solidarity to proclaim that every ethnicity, race, and religion are valued and respected in Montgomery County.”

Floreen told the audience of about 50 people the county will not tolerate xenophobia seen on the national level.

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