Monthly Archives: December 2016

Program helps bus drivers fight bullying of LGBTQ students

CLIFTON PARK — As gender related issues, such as lgbtq emerge in society and schools, those overseeing students have to be aware of the issues and needs of them all. That’s according to NYAPT, The New York association for pupil transportation. It’s Cyr Foundation, a not for profit, developed what’s called “Transporting LGBTQ Students.” Peter Mannellla is the Executive Director.

“We recognize that school bus drivers are on school buses by themselves everyday with students who are dealing with gender questioning issues, the conflict between kids when there are gay kids on the bus and other kids are teasing, bullying, harassing them,” says Mannella.

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California may prove golden for schoolkids under Trump

Dramatic changes pledged by President-elect Donald Trump make 2017 a potentially tumultuous time for everyone. Whether the promised disruption is a good thing or a bad thing depends on which side of the political fence you sit, but either way it will be an interesting year.

Worth noting, these changes will affect the world at large as well as everyday Americans. I know this empirically having watched the foreign policy back-and-forths. But at a gut level, I know it because I saw Air Force One on a runway in Hawaii while visiting my daughter last week.

That is, I saw one of two Boeing 747-200Bs customized for presidential use, easily spotted by its size and paint job. According to the White House website, both Air Force Ones have 4,000 square feet of floor space over three levels, including a conference room, medical suite and two galleys able to feed 100 passengers. It can be fueled midair.

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Chinese prosecutors charge thousands of school bullies

(Editor’s Note:  Incredible.  And sad.  When the State models bullying behavior, how do you expect the kids to act?  The PRC simply doesn’t get it.  — Mike Tully)

Chinese prosecutors charged 2,337 youngsters in the first eleven months of this year for school bullying offences, including a 15-year-old teenager who was eventually handed a three-year custodial sentence for robbing his schoolmates.

The Supreme People’s Procuratorate, as the prosecutors department is called, released the figures at a press conference amid a worsening trend for schoolyard bullying, the China News Services reported.

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A new Missouri law could make school bullying a felony and that’s a problem

A Missouri law set to go into effect on January 1 has some teachers and student advocates worried that punishing everyday school bullying could become yet another means of black and brown children being pushed directly into the penal system.

Under the new law, third-degree assault and some forms of harassment that inflict “emotional distress” on the victim will be considered a felony. As the Saint Louis Post-Dispatch points out, this means that anyone found to have intentionally caused physical harm to another person could be charged for having committed a felony.

While these changes are part of a broader Missouri law to get tougher on assault, misdemeanors, and felonies, schools are required to report harassment to local police, which means that children could end up getting charged with a felony for fighting. The law doesn’t mention how it applies to cases that happen on school grounds.

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Corrections staff at ‘suicide risk’ from bullying (Australia)

Public servants at ACT Corrective Services have told of the risk of “suicide and self-harm” as a result of years of alleged systematic and widespread workplace bullying in a key department of the government agency.

Community Corrections boss Janet-Lee Hibberd has been stood aside while The Chief Minister’s Professional Standards Unit investigate allegations going back at least two years that the division, which has about 90 employees, is a toxic workplace run by fear and riven by high levels of absenteeism, workers’ compensation claims, staff turnover and unbearable workloads.

Matters came to a head in late November when a meeting between workers and senior figures in ACT Corrections, attended by more than 10 per cent of Community Corrections staff, heard allegations that complaints about management in the unit had been suppressed for years in an atmosphere of fear of reprisal and punitive measures against anyone speaking out.

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