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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Immigrant students have rights

In the months leading to up to our most recent general election, rhetoric around immigrants and immigration became heated, with all-too-frequently expressed xenophobia and bigotry about our immigrant friends, family, and neighbors. Among the worst effects were felt by children in our public schools.

In the media and firsthand, we are seeing a troubling uptick in the harassment and bullying of immigrant children at Iowa schools. There is a profound level of fear among many Iowa students and their families. There is also a lot of misinformation out there about the rights of immigrant children in our schools.

We hope to clear up some of that misinformation. Make no mistake: immigrant children and their families have rights to our public schools.

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Teen Bully Tells Judge Why He Went After Boy With Asperger’s Syndrome

(EDITOR’S NOTE:  Recent studies have demonstrated that disabled children are frequently and disproportionately the victims of bullying in school.  Few, however, rise to this level.  The facts are disturbing. — Mike Tully)

A 14-year-old Liberty, Missouri, teen admitted to brutally beating a 12-year-old with autism.

Destiny Kitchen said her son, Blake, is lucky to be alive after an older boy brutally beat him in the cafeteria at school.

According to Kitchen, she and her husband warned the school of the bully a month before the attack — sending the principal a letter that detailed the ongoing bullying that was occurring. It was Kitchen’s older son, Blake’s brother, who’d been the attacker’s victim prior to the beating.

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Don’t Count On Anti-Bullying Laws Being Enacted Under the Next “Precedent”

Melania was perhaps our shortest-tenured First Lady (elect) – (can anyone say Mrs. William Henry Harrison?). Before she (was) hurried from the Big Stage, she seemed to adopt – unironically – anti-bullying as her cause. Can anyone say “Get ‘im outta here!” or “Lock ‘er up!!”?

With the incoming Bully-in-Chief not known for his care and feeding of the weak or vulnerable, what will become of the movement against workplace bullying, which had been gathering steam? Will it go the way of Melania and disappear from view?

Is Workplace Bullying Increasing?

Workplace bullying will surely not go away. Quite the opposite.

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Bullying — It’s Not Just for Kids

Bullying in the workplace is common and often goes unreported because employees think, ‘That’s just the way it is.’ A Q&A with Andrew Faas.

December 23, 2016

Bullying isn’t just something that happens among children on the playground; it’s a bigger problem in the workplace than people may think. Andrew Faas, 67, knows this from his personal experience as both bully and the bullied at times throughout his career. Bullying is also the topic of Faas’ new book, “From Bully to Bull’s-Eye.” Faas, who worked as a senior executive for more than 30 years at some of the largest Canadian corporations including Shoppers Drug Mart, is working with the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence to figure out the best way to create seamless communication between boss and employee in an effort to minimize confusion and stress in the work environment. Faas, who now describes himself as “a revolutionist, an activist and an agitator,” took the time to talk to Workforce about why bullying happens in the workplace, and what you can do to stop it.

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Drugs, Bullies, Gangs: How are Arizona’s school children handling the heavy issues?

A new survey of 57,000 Arizona students in eighth, tenth, and twelfth grades reports that, overall, use of alcohol and cigarettes are down, marijuana use is up slightly, and gang membership is “among the highest risk factors, if not the highest, for students in all grade levels.”

The report, released Tuesday, Dec. 20, is the 2016 Arizona Youth Survey and was conducted by the Arizona Criminal Justice Commission (ACJC), in collaboration with Arizona State and the University of Chicago. Produced every two years, it asked questions about substance abuse, including alcohol, tobacco and other dangerous drugs, and includes questions concerning other risky behavior such as bullying, violence and gambling.

“The Arizona Youth Survey is an invaluable tool for those of us who work in the field of prevention,” said Yavapai County Attorney Shelia Polk, the vice chair of the ACJC. “It helps us identify factors that put our youth at their most vulnerable and assists in designing programs to help every child succeed.”

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