Monthly Archives: November 2016

‘We’re failing our kids’ says bullying expert as New Zealand schools among worst in world, again

“We are failing our kids,” says Dr Jaimee Stuart, who has carried out research into bullying in New Zealand.

Her comments come as the 2015 Trends in Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) shows the country is once again among the worst in the world when it comes to bullying.

Among Year 5 science and maths students, 24 per cent said they were bullied on a weekly basis, with only 40 per cent saying they were “almost never” bullied.

Only Bahrain and South Africa scored lower in this ranking than New Zealand.

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Women more likely than men to be bullied at work: Report (Australia)

Women are more likely than men to be bullied and experience being physically assaulted or threatened by a client or patient, according to new research by Safe Work Australia.

Moreover, women were more likely to be on the receiving end of unfair treatment because of their gender, and experience unwanted sexual advances.

However, men were significantly more likely to experience being sworn at or yelled at in the workplace.

The Bullying & Harassment in Australian Workplaces: Results from the Australian Workplace Barometer project 2014/2015 report includes information on the prevalence of bullying and harassment in Australian workplaces.

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Student group at Pasco Middle School battles bullying, other issues (Florida)

DADE CITY — T-shirts with the words “Tough Guys Wear Pink” were worn by a number of students at Pasco Middle School on Nov. 18 — it was one of several messages conveyed during Pink Out Day, organized and promoted by the school’s Pirates of Peace Club.

Pirates of Peace is a long-standing student organization, co-sponsored by Sunrise Domestic & Sexual Violence Center and funded through a Delta grant. The aim of the group, says Sunrise director of community education and training Terri O’Brien, is for students “to promote peace and healthy relationships in their school and community.”

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Ministry slams national university-affiliated school’s slow bullying response, urges quick action on cases (Japan)

The education ministry has urged national universities to quickly respond to bullying cases at affiliated schools to prevent repeats of a recent case at a Tokyo high school that left one student severely injured after requests for action were ignored.

On Tuesday, Tokyo Gakugei University Senior High School, one of Japan’s top national high schools, admitted to mishandling of bullying incidents that left a student with severe injuries including a bone fracture and concussion.

Tokyo Gakugei University said it took disciplinary action against the head of the high school, located in Tokyo’s Setagaya Ward, and four other teachers for failing to report the case for six months.

A law enacted in 2013 to curb bullying requires schools to report to the education ministry and municipalities cases deemed “serious situations,” such as victims sustaining grave physical injuries or mental harm.

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Harassment in schools skyrockets after election, teachers report

(Editor’s Note:  This is the most recent example of the corrosive impact of the election of Donald Trump and reminds us of two basic truths:  (1) elections matter, sometimes in more ways then are immediately obvious; (2) adults are role models and the President is the most well-known role model in the country.  Whatever one may think of Barack Obama’s policies, he has conducted himself as a responsible, moral and mature adult.  So far the President-Elect has not demonstrated these qualities.  Unless he learns to act like an adult, not to mention a President, the cultural degradation evidenced by this article will increase and perpetuate.  Unfortunately, the prospects of that seem remote.  — Mike Tully)

(CNN) — In the days following Donald Trump’s presidential victory, students in Kansas chanted, “Trump won, you’re going back to Mexico,” to students from other countries, according to a high school teacher in a suburban community within the state.

In Oregon, a high school teacher photographed vandalism in the boys’ bathroom, which mentioned the KKK and used the n-word.

In Tennessee, a black student was blocked from entering his classroom by two white students chanting, “Trump, Trump,” according to a high school teacher at the school where this happened.

And, in Georgia, a 12-year-old white male student saw an “X” on another white student’s paper and proceeded to draw a swastika on his paper, according to a middle school teacher at the school. “And our administration is telling us not to talk about it,” the teacher said.

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