Bullying Websites & Articles
Bully Off - A new anti-bullying website started in the UK.
Bullying Can Push Students Over Edge - "A very substantial percentage of
the population views bullying as a rite of passage," said Ted Feinberg,
assistant executive director of the National Association of School Psychologists
in Bethesda, Md. "One of the common areas that binds all of the school shooters
together is all of them were the victim of bullying. Their lives were made
miserable. What we have also found is many of them felt there is no other
recourse to stop this behavior other than going home and getting a weapon and
taking care of the bullies in a dramatic and final way."
Student Who Wrote 'Kill Lists' Was Bullied - The 13-year-old Laredo
Middle School boy who police said confessed to authoring two "kill lists" has a
history of being bullied.
MN Jeff Weise:
Mystery in a Life Full of Hardship - Even as a member of a loose
confederacy of loners, Jeff Weise seemed to be an afterthought. "He was a goth,"
said Allan Mosay, 14. "He had no friends. He didn't communicate." Sondra
Hegstrom, who said she had had classes with Weise, said he was quiet and "never
said anything." He was teased -- "terrorized," she said -- by people who thought
he was weird.
'The Clues Were All There' - Two days after a shooting rampage on the
Indian reservation here left 10 dead, friends, relatives and neighbors of Jeff
Weise, the 16-year- old assailant, began to sketch a portrait of a deeply
disturbed youth who had been treated for depression in a psychiatric ward, lost
several close family members, sketched gruesome scenes of armed warriors and was
removed from the school where he gunned down most of his victims Monday. “The
clues were all there," said Kim Desjarlait, Weise's step-aunt. "Everything was
laid out, right there, for the school or the authorities in Red Lake to see it
coming. I don't want to blame Red Lake, but did they not put two and two
together? This kid was crying out, and those guys chose to ignore it. They need
to start focusing on their kids."
Communication is Often the Security Gap at School - Federal government
figures show violent crime against students in school fell significantly between
1992 and 2002. But the numbers don't capture what school safety specialists say
is the most critical goal: changing school culture. That means adults who model
appropriate behavior, monitor warning signs of violence and even train students
to help stop peers from bullying. Bill Bond was the principal at Heath High
School in western Kentucky when a freshman opened fire in 1997, shooting eight
students and killing three of them. "It's not a problem that can be fixed with
money," Bond said. "It's a problem that can only be fixed with courage. And if
you think money is in short supply, try finding courage."
Is Message a Violent Threat or Just a Pose? -
Parents have long suspected, and medical science has proven, that teenage brains
are underdeveloped in the areas controlling rational thinking, impulse and
planning. At the same time, the sections of the brain dealing with emotions are
in overdrive during the teen years. School officials are constantly trying to
figure out the difference between a student who could trigger a Columbine or Red
Lake kind of massacre and one who is simply, but inappropriately, expressing
frustration with pervasive issues such as bullying.
How to Help Your Kid From Being Bullied - In
another excerpt from her book ‘Laying Down the Law,’ Dr. Ruth Peters offers
tactics to deal with bullies, at home and in school. Who are
the bullies? Who are the victims? And what can you do if you have one, or both,
living under your roof? Plenty — from teaching bully-coping skills to
encouraging social competence in your own kids. This is one area where children
really can’t do it alone. They need your help and involvement to keep them safe,
happy, and with positive memories of childhood.
Bullies Not Wanted Here - Roxanne Tamayo, 9, recalled the day a
group of students bullied her while she was playing ball during lunch
at Lowell School. To bystanders, the jibes and taunts could seem like
innocent child's play. To Roxanne, the incident left an indelible
impression, one that school counselors say could scar her for life.
Chancellor Graduate Cries Foul - Former Spotsylvania student
files a rare lawsuit against three students he says bullied him
unmercifully during his high school years.
Livonia Aims To Stop Bullies - Columbine called the
District officials have hired an expert to try to prevent a
Columbine-style catastrophe from happening in Livonia by training
teachers and students to eliminate bullying. One of the keys to her
approach is having staffers decide what will be their 'line in the
sand' - behavior that will cause consequences.
Book Review: My Secret Bully
by Trudy Ludwig from
"A touching, inspirational story targeted for 5- to 11-year-olds,
My Secret Bully instantly draws young readers into Monica's world
where she is bullied by a friend and learns how to cope, survive, and
thrive. Relational aggression is an act of emotional bullying hidden
among tightly knit networks of friends. Instead of using knives and
fists to bully others, emotional bullies employ relationships, words,
and gestures as their weapons of attack. Emotional bullying is often
dismissed as a normal rite of passage, but research shows it is as
harmful as physical aggression, with devastating, long-term effects."
for more information about the book, the author, and relational
Teaching Bullies a Lesson - Trying to prevent another
Columbine, educators take aim at schoolyard intimidation. Counselor
Marilyn Towsey reviewed techniques the sixth-grader could employ when
classmates call her fat, tell her she smells, impugn her family or
shun her. In a calm, deliberate voice, the counselor ticked off the
strategies dramatized in the 20-minute video she and the girl had just
finished watching: The sixth-grader could walk away, ignore her
tormentors, slip a note to a teacher or look for allies among her
Bullying Curriculum Addresses Disabilities - PACER Center's new
innovative curriculum, "Is Your Child a Target of Bullying?
Intervention Strategies for Parents of Children with Disabilities,"
addresses these and other types of bullying. An engaging and superbly
produced resource, the curriculum is meant for professionals and
parent leaders to present to parents at meetings, workshops,
trainings, and myriad other occasions.
in the IEP - Bullies -- they seem to be a constant in our
schools and a frequent source of pain for our children with special
needs. If the current anti-bully program at your child's school isn't
addressing the practical issues your child faces everyday, then it's
time to consider adding some direct responses to your child's IEP
(individualized education program).
12-Year-Old Speaks Out
On Hazing - A Senate panel moved a pair of bills today that
puts in place the legal framework for prosecutors to go after people
who haze fellow members of a sports team or organization as a rite of
Senate Panel Approves
Anti-hazing, Drug Court Bills - Humbled by the testimony of a
12-year old boy put into a wheelchair for three months by a football
hazing incident, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved
two bills that would hazing at Michigan schools and universities.
Michigan Needs a Law Banning Hazing Incidents
- A 12-year-old Northville boy and a 16-year-old Detroit
teen say they were seriously injured after being hazed. All the teen
wanted was to be part of his band’s fraternity. The 12-year-old
wanted to be part of the football team. The parents of the Detroit
youngster are suing the Detroit Public Schools for $5 million, but
the mental and physical abuse that accompanies hazing ought to be
outlawed. It is too dangerous to be tolerated — and utterly
Teasing Strategies - Children can learn the strategies listed
below that will empower them and reduce feelings of helplessness. When
children realize that there are effective strategies they can use in
teasing situations, their coping skills are strengthened.
Prevention Institute, Inc. - For more than 20 years,
the Crisis Prevention Institute has supported the work of
professionals who work with challenging or potentially violent
individuals by providing a relevant, practical behavior management
program. It’s called the Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® training
program and more than 4.5 million professionals have participated in
this program to learn how to resolve conflict at the earliest
StopBullyingNow.com - This
portal site provides links to many resources that are helping
many children, families, and professionals deal with teasing and
- Bullying is one of the most underrated and enduring problems
in schools today and is a reality in the lives of all children,
whether they are bullies, victims or witnesses.
Behavioral Interventions: Creating a Safe Environment in Our
Schools - This is a pdf document from NASP. It deals with
pro-social behavior, bullying, school violence and discipline.
Download and print the pdf document.
Bullying in Schools - an ERIC digest
Children - curricula for preventing youth violence and child
Early Warning, Timely Response: A guie to Safe Schools -
National School Safety Center - Checklist of Characteristics
of Youth Who Have Caused School-Associated Violent Deaths
National Threat Assessment Center - The U.S. Secret Service
(NTAC) was created to provide leadership and guidance regarding
threat assessment. See their reports on preventing violence in
Against Violence (PAVNET)
Raising Children to Resist Violence - Brochure published by
the American Academy of Pediatrics.
Conflict Creatively Program - RCCP is an effort of Educators
for Social Responsibility (ESR), a non-profit organization
devoted to making our nation's schools caring and violence-free
environments. Contains helpful parent and teacher information.
Virginia Youth Violence Project - preventing youth violence,
especially at school.
Warning Signs of Violent Behavior - a guide for teenagers.
Web Sites Related to School Safety and Violence Prevention -
an annotated list from the Center for Effective Collaboration
De-Myth-tifying the Classroom Bully Education World (Scroll down
to see this important information on bullies.)
Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones -- And Words Can Hurt, Too
by Donna Smith, Children Today at iParenting.com
What Works: Coping with Bullies
with Bullies by Carol Watkins, MD