Teen Reported to Police and Fined for Secretly Filming Bullies
- Christian Stanfield, 15, made a seven-minute recording of alleged
bullies at Pennsylvania's South Fayette High School in February. The ADHD
sufferer said he did it after months of harassment. School officials accused him
of wiretapping and called police. A court found Stanfield guilty of disorderly
conduct and fined him $25. His family is suing the school district and appealing
the judge's ruling. Stanfield's mom is furious that her son, and not his alleged
bullies, has been punished.
Facebook Rolls Out Anti-bullying Tools with White House Support
- Facebook announced two new safety features Thursday in
conjunction with a White House summit on bullying.
A new reporting tool will let users, including
teens and younger users, to privately report troubling content not just to
the site itself but to parents, teachers and others in their support system.
And an improved Safety Center, due out in the next few weeks, will
provide educational videos, articles and other content created by bullying
experts to help adults address the problem.
A 'Watershed' Case in School Bullying? - At
first, it seemed like a morality play: school officials stand by as an
innocent high school freshman, new in town, is harassed into suicide by a
pack of older teens. A week after criminal charges were filed, the case of
Phoebe Prince seems more cloudy and complicated, much like the insidious
national problem that may have helped kill her: school bullying.
'Square Peg' Students More Often Targets of Bullies -
Studies show students with learning disorders or attention problems
are especially vulnerable to bullying. These are the students who, when bullies
"shop around" for their targets, provide that satisfying reaction to make the
aggressors keep coming back for more, experts say. And while their more
street-wise aggressors may be adept at flying under the school staff's radar,
those with learning differences never quite figure it out. It may be what leads
some teachers to tell targeted students that their own behavior has led to the
bullying. "It sounds extreme, I know, but it's like when a woman is raped and
they say she asked for it.”
Ten Actions ALL Parents Can Take to Help Eliminate Bullying - An
excellent list of interventions parents can take to help eliminate bullying and
its destructive effects on the victim, the bully and the witnesses.
School and Online - Up-to-date research and practical tips on bullying
and cyberbullying including warning signs, how to help a child, how to spot
victims and bullies, parents and schools working together and preventing
bullying at your school.
Social Form of Bullying Linked to Depression, Anxiety in Adults -
Spreading rumors and gossiping may not cause bruises or black eyes, but the
psychological consequences of this social type of bullying could linger into
early adulthood, a new University of Florida study shows.
AFAM Trades on Anti-Homosexual
Sentiment to Oppose Anti-Bullying Legislation - The American Family
Association of Michigan (AFAM) is crowing that two GOP senators have yanked
their sponsorship of anti-bullying legislation, issuing joint press releases
with Sens. Randy Richardville (R-Monroe) and Valde Garcia (R-Howell). HB 4162
and HB 4091 passed the lower chamber last year (2007) and have been sitting in
the Senate Education Committee ever since, but a Capitol rally last week brought
the bills back to the forefront. There's also SB 0107 sponsored by Sen. Glenn
Anderson (D-Westland), but proponents say they're focused on the House bills.
Meaner Bullying is Leading Schools to Find New Tactics - Gizelle
Studevent, 17, a top-ranked basketball player being recruited by colleges such
as Duke and Stanford, transferred from La Jolla Country Day School after facing
years of bullying there. Today, parents are filing lawsuits against students and
schools for failing to protect their children, administrators are taking
stronger disciplinary action against perpetrators, and a virtual industry of
antibullying programs has sprung up.
Bullying and Tragedy - This
week, thirty-two people died at the hands of a disturbed student at Virginia
Tech. Thirty-three people, when you also count his suicide.
How Can We Teach Kids to Stick Up For Peers Who are Bullied? - Research
has not only documented the great prevalence of bullying at schools; it's also
shown that quite often, children serve as passive bystanders. They neither join
in the bullying nor try to stop it, but just watch it from the sidelines. Yet
when these observers do intervene, more often than not they're successful in
stopping the bullying. So why don't they intervene -- and perhaps more
importantly, how can parents and teachers effectively encourage them to
intervene when it's appropriate for them to do so?
The ABCs of
Bullying Prevention - Cyberbullying -- a new and growing form of bullying
that has emerged with the advent of technology -- is a problem today's schools
increasingly must deal with. In this, the first of a 8-part series on bullying,
Dr. Ken Shore explains what cyberbullying is and how schools can best deal with
Coming to Grips with
Harassment & Bullying (PDF) - Parents and
advocacy groups are delivering a loud message to school officials and other
policymakers that children should not have to endure ugly bullying at school as
an inevitable rite of passage. School boards have gotten the message and have
been busily tweaking codes of student conduct, adopting or revising board
policies, and approving new initiatives.
Crime Prevention Group Tracks Cyberbullying - School police officers keep
their ears and eyes open for threats and bullying among students - through the
rumor mill, scrawls on bathroom walls, and now, the Internet.
Bully May Not be a Student - Bullying may seem like the province of angry
adolescents, but a new study suggests teachers are just as susceptible finding a
pattern of bully-victim relationships not unlike those in domestic abuse.
Teachers bullied in their youth were more likely to become teachers who bully
students. Bullying was defined as punishing, manipulating or disparaging
students beyond what would be considered normal disciplinary action. The
researchers found that bullying by teachers took two forms: "sadistic" bullies
who picked on and humiliated students and hurt their feelings; and "victim
bullies" who tended to allow unruly behavior by students, then lost their
Say That Middle-school Bullying Could be Curbed by Showing that it's not Normal
- In anonymous surveys at several large middle schools, the vast majority of
students reported that they had not hit, teased, threatened, excluded, or
gossiped maliciously about classmates in the past 30 days. But a majority were
also convinced that their own nonbully status was an exception to the norm. To
reduce the amount of bullying that does exist, that misperception needs to
change, argues sociology professor H. Wesley Perkins. "What we've seen
consistently is that risk behaviors [and] problem behaviors are overestimated
which [means] much of the bullying or violence or substance abuse can continue
because the people engaged in that think everybody else is doing it."
A Unique Simple Solution to the
Bullying Problem - Sam wears glasses and
gets called four-eyes all day long. He believes he
is being called four-eyes because he wears glasses. But Sam is wrong.
Maybe he wears glasses, but that's not the reason he gets teased.
a complete, free online manual,
to Stop Being Teased and Bullied without
Really Trying. Most kids can learn how to stop being victimized
by simply reading the manual. The website
also has a free manual for parents and teachers,
Guide to Reducing Aggression between Children.
This manual teaches adults how to dramatically
reduce bullying between kids with almost no
effort, while increasing students' emotional maturity and independence. It
enables teachers to go back to being teachers instead of
policemen and judges.
Ten Tips for Creating a Caring School
- Even simple actions that cost little or no money can positively affect the
school climate and create that all-important sense of belonging and safety that
many researchers say makes the difference between thriving and floundering at
school. Diane Curtis outlines ten strategies for fostering healthy and caring
environments for learning.
When Fear is Part of School - Violence and
harassment keep students at home, or trying to transfer out.
Fear of going to school because of violence and harassment touches
students across the country in urban, suburban and rural districts.
Nationally, 6 percent of 14,000 high school students said they missed at
least one day of school in the previous month because they felt unsafe at school
or on their way to or from school, according to a survey released by the U.S.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That is up from 5.4 percent in the
last survey in 2003.
Helping a Bullied Child - I have attended
special education due process hearings and watched the school system attorneys
hired to save taxpayer dollars politely eviscerate the parents seeking more
services or a payment for private school. Often the parents are more or less
defenseless against a competent lawyer, since they often cannot afford to hire
their own attorney. A whole sector of the bar, lucrative to many of the private
specialists, is devoted to what seems to me, at least in part, the science of
intimidating, humiliating and defeating parents in these cases.
Practice Scenes For the Tough Choices of Adolescence - Role playing
helps students engage in class and show less aggression, a study shows.
Internet Bullying Hits Home
For Teen - Life threw Molly Reddington a few
curveballs this school year, but she didn't expect a dose of cyberworld cruelty
to go with it. While she was on a school trip to Costa Rica
in April, a handful of Reddington's so-called friends at Milton High School went
to a popular Internet website and created sexually explicit journal entries in
her name, making it appear as if she were having immodest exploits while
Unveils Guidelines to Help Fight Bullying in Schools - Seeking to cut
down on bullying and bigotry-based crimes in the state's schools, Attorney
General Tom Reilly has unveiled a plan to give students, parents and teachers
new tools and guidelines to deal with schoolhouse harassment.
Parent Q&A: Child Must
Understand That Bullying Is Never OK - I
recently heard my 10-year-old daughter talking about how mean she and her
friends are to a girl that rides the bus with them to school. They call her
"four eyes" because of her thick glasses and say she's "weird" and "ugly." They
seemed proud of themselves.
Parents to Patrol For School Bullies - Two
Lansing men are the first in the area to go on the prowl for meanies, in a new
volunteer brigade called Parents on Patrol, or POPs. Their assignment: watch
middle and elementary school kids and report bullying. The
last week of school before summer break will be a test run for the POPs.
Power and Control Drive School
Bullies - But silent majority can stop torment, experts say. Frank
Williams is a self-confessed former bully who remembers feeling a rush of power
when he humiliated other kids. "It could be anything. I'd see someone walking
down the hall and say, 'Uh, that looks so stupid,' " said the 18-year-old senior
at Walled Lake Western High.
Schoolyard Bullies Get Nastier Online - When
Joanne had a row with a longtime friend last year, she had no idea it would
spill into cyberspace. But what started as a spat at a
teenage sleepover swiftly escalated into a three-month harangue of threatening
e-mails and defacement of her weblog.
U of M Sorority, Fraternities Punished for Hazings - Three fraternities
and one sorority at the University of Michigan have been disciplined for hazing
pledges, incidents which included underage drinking, blindfolding and dressing
in humiliating costumes.
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.
Advocates Say Educators Too Reluctant to Tackle Bullying of
Gays, Lesbians - Last month, 5,500 educators from 36
states signed up as participants in the second annual No Name
Calling Week, an anti-bullying program addressing verbal
harassment of students, including gay and lesbian students, in
middle and high schools.
Zero Tolerance Report &
Discussion Meeting Notice - The Student Advocacy Center and the All Kids
In School Coalition cordially invites you to attend a special convening to
discuss the report, "Nowhere to Go," a disturbing and vivid portrait of children
directly affected by Michigan's zero tolerance policies. A special convening to
discuss this report has been scheduled for Thursday, March 3, 2005 from 7-9 p.m.
in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Guidelines To Target Bullying - Bullies:
Beware. The Akron Public Schools no longer will tolerate your taunting, teasing
and generally mean behavior. School board members approved an anti-bullying
policy this week aimed at addressing problems with students being picked on. The
policy requires teachers and principals to report "aggressive
behavior" and calls on the district to investigate.
Special Day Helps Shatter Stereotypes - Lake Orion students will break away from their friends at lunch to meet new kids.
Although football player and Lake Orion junior Brad Hood says it's not a clique, he hangs out with other athletes, especially at lunchtime in the school's
cafeteria. On Tuesday, he will be strongly encouraged to break those boundaries and sit with students he has never spoken to.
Evaluating School Climate and School Culture (PDF) -
When do trends in student behaviors demand school-wide
policies and plans? What tools are best suited to assessing how students and
teachers view their school's climate or context for learning?
Parents Use Courts to Battle Bullies - The
bullying escalated so much that Christine DeLorme wouldn't let her 10-year-old
son walk to a friend's house without a walkie-talkie in hand -- her voice
echoing through the speaker, "Are you there yet?"
Waging Peace In Our Schools - Based On the Work
of the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program. From the largest and most
successful school initiatives in social and emotional learning in the
country–the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program, now active in more that 350
schools nationwide–comes a powerful, practical guide for teaching young people
to empathize, mediate, negotiate, and create peace. The authors address
everything from minor schoolyard conflicts to violent outbursts, and offer
educators and parents proven strategies for enhancing children’s emotional,
social, and conflict resolution skills. [$16.00 from
The Peace Company]
Audit of D.C. District Shows Parents Kept in the Dark -
The D.C. public school system routinely fails to notify parents and
guardians when students get caught with drugs or become violent in school. The
Inspector General's Office reviewed more than 100 "serious security incidents"
involving students last year, finding that in more than half of the cases there
was no evidence that officials notified parents.
Challenge Day: Challenging You to BE the Change -
"What an incredible program Challenge Day is! I have seen a tremendous change
in behavior of the students who attended Challenge Day when presented for
Buchholz High School. Students are reaching out to each other, making sure no
one eats alone or is bullied or teased. I know of three students who felt
confident enough after realizing that they were not alone in some of their
feelings (as shown through the "step over the line" activity), to seek help for
some repressed suicidal tendencies. these students were counseled and referred
for additional professional help. Challenge Day not only touches lives, it saves
lives!!!" Betty Merrill, English Teacher, Buchholz HS, Alachua County, FL.
Read the latest Challenge Day Newsletter at
or visit the website at
Cyberbullies' Torments Have Much Wider Reach -
In the wireless age, who needs fists when you've got instant messaging? Today's
young cyberbullies don't bother with face-to-face intimidation. Children
everywhere have figured out that they can be far more vicious bullying through
the Internet, cellphones and other high-tech mediums. And they are less likely
to get caught. The extreme cyberbullying cases that make headlines overshadow
the minor ones that occur more often, such as forwarding private e-mails without
the writer's permission or spreading rumors on message boards.
Recess Gets Regulated
- Concerned about safety and injuries and worried about bullying,
violence, self-esteem and lawsuits, school officials have clamped down on the
traditional games from years past. Gone from many blacktops are tag, dodgeball
and any game involving bodily contact. In are organized relay races and
Creating Safe And Drug-Free Schools - Girls: The Third
Wave Of Youth Violence - Currently, America is
experiencing an increase in violence among girls, a group that was formerly
considered a relatively nonviolent population. This "third wave" of youth
violence merits close attention by schools, mental health professionals, and
others concerned with the health and safety of young people who may be able to
prevent the growth of violence among girls before it becomes even more
Teaming Up On Bullies
- When I was little, playing with some neighborhood kids, I let them roll me
up in a rug. Or I rolled myself up, I can’t remember. I do remember the feeling
of being totally helpless. Someone sat on me and didn’t let me unroll for an
eternity of probably a minute or so. I struggled, realizing that no matter what
I did, I couldn’t free myself. I was absolutely at the other kids’ mercy until
they let me go.
North Carolina Stands up to School Bullies - School bullies across North
Carolina could soon lose some of their swagger thanks to a tough new campus
adversary: the State Board of Education. The board is likely to approve a new
anti-harassment policy as soon as next week that would crack down on the kind of
teasing and taunting that past generations accepted as just a part of growing
Schoolyard Bullies and Their Victims - Five years after social outcasts
made tragic history at Colorado's Columbine High School, experts say bullying
remains a schoolyard constant--and may even be growing. Amid the offensive
against heckling and hallway anarchy, with measures from anti-bullying
assemblies to armed guards at schoolhouse doors, there are growing questions
about whether such tactics really prevent bullying or ease students' fear. Those
doubts, along with a rising awareness of school violence, are stoking a national
debate over how deeply adults should get involved in playground politics.
Bullying: Mother wants to leave SMSD - The mother says her 13-year-old
daughter comes home two to three days a week with ketchup on her clothing and
pieces of food caught in her hair. Her children's bus driver called the police
on the ride home last month because another student attacked her 14-year-old
son. Her son was left with a visible legacy of the attack - a shoe print on his
Educators Can Feed Violence Problem - Sometimes teachers and
administrators contribute to and escalate school violence.
Surrounds Fat Teens, Study Finds - Overweight
adolescents are more likely than normal-weight children to be
victims and perpetrators of bullying, a study found,
bolstering evidence that being fat endangers emotional as well
as physical health.
The Hamilton Fish Institute on
School & Community Violence - Provides information, research, and support
to make schools safer for high achievement.
Using a Discipline System to Promote Learning
- On returning to the classroom after 24 years,
Marvin Marshall struggled to maintain discipline. In Part 1 of
this article, he describes how his frustration led him to
develop a system -- incorporating the ideas and strategies of
Stephen Covey, William Glasser, Abraham Maslow, and others --
that would promote responsible behavior by internally
motivating students. In Part 2, Kerry Weisner describes the
positive changes in her students' behavior and learning after
she implemented Mr. Marshall's program in her classroom.
Project - The Ophelia Project® is dedicated to
creating a culture that is emotionally, physically, and socially safe, where
girls are respected and nurtured. Through awareness, education, and advocacy,
The Ophelia Project® promotes positive change in families, schools, and
communities. By supporting a network of friends, mentors, and professionals, we
encourage all children to become confident and healthy.
Best Buddies Help Find Special Friendships - They say good friends are
hard to find, and as you grow older, you realize that's true.
Too Close For Comfort
- For all their virtues, small towns are hard on misfits. The social
forces that push misfit boys over the edge are still alive in isolated
communities where most school shootings occur.
Books Related to Bullying:
Queen Bees and Wannabes:
Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and Other
Realities of Adolescence. By Rosalind Wiseman;
Best Friends, Worst Enemies.
By Michael Thompson; and
Odd Girl Out: The Hidden
Culture of Aggression in Girls. By Rachel Simmons.
Awakening - Program teaches students in Virginia to resist
bullying and violence.
New 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.
Are You a Bully? - A Connecticut school administrator,
commenting on his district’s decision to include teacher behavior in
its anti-bullying policy, complained that it would be difficult to
distinguish between bullying behavior and classroom management
strategies. What about you? Can you tell the difference between
behavior management and bullying?
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 unnecessary.
The Blame Game: Are Learning & Behavior Problems the Kids' Fault?
- Parents of special ed kids often say that they are intimidated
and patronized by staff at their children’s school. Are parents too
sensitive? Do they misperceive and misunderstand what happens in
their contacts with educators? Or are parents just over-protective
of their children, as many educators claim? If school staff believe
that you or your child are responsible for your child’s problems,
how can you work with them to ensure that your child gets a good
Michigan State Board of Education Statewide Safe School Choice
Policy (PDF) under the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (Act):
"Students from persistently dangerous schools or who are victims of
a violent crime at school have the right to transfer to another
Districts Opt to Trim or Disband Police Forces
- Systems in California and across the nation are choosing
to cut spending on security in academic programs. In the aftermath
of the 1999 Columbine school shooting,
school districts around the country beefed up their campus police
and security forces, hiring extra officers with the help of state
and federal funds. But that trend is starting to reverse in some
cash-strapped districts that are trimming the size of their school
security corps rather than cutting academic programs further.
Fear That Makes Girls Feud? - Why
girls fight. It's a topic that many find uncomfortable. But Lyn
Mikel Brown refuses to shrug it off. The professor at Maine's Colby
College has long been fascinated with how popular culture influences
girls. Of particular fascination: what she calls "girlfighting."
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.
Bullying as Health Issue - The
federal government is planning a $3.4 million campaign to combat
bullying, drawing support from more than 70 education, law
enforcement, civic and religious groups. With an expected start next
year, the effort will frame bullying as a public health concern,
targeting kids and the adults who influence them.
L.E.A.N On Us:
The Law Enforcement Awareness Network - It is the mission of
L.E.A.N. On Us to provide first responders with information and
resources that will allow them to better serve individuals within
their communities affected by hidden disabilities and mental
illness. The Law Enforcement Awareness Network is currently
assisting in the development of training programs by identifying
needed services. In doing so we feel we will be able to assist in
fulfilling the need for such valuable training for First Responder
Personnel within all of our communities.
First Lesson: Getting Along in Peace -
At Penn Valley Elementary School in Levittown, lessons don't
begin until students finish their morning meeting - where they learn
to make eye contact, greet one another by name, and often discover
something interesting about a classmate.
Schools in Touch With Parents - After a gun battle erupted
near Stevenson Ranch Elementary School in Santa Clarita two years
ago and left two people dead, administrators evacuated the school
and scrambled to contact parents to pick up their children. They
relied on word of mouth, handmade signs and a phone tree to reach
Good Manners Matter in Oregon School -
Politeness keeps classes running smoothly, critical in crammed
classrooms. [Source: PEN]
Disability Bias - A recent outing
to a pizza buffet restaurant created an opportunity for
Tolerance.org's parenting columnist to discuss the stigma and bias
surrounding disabilities with her son.
Effects of Developmental Assets on Academic Success -
Data collected from several communities revealed that middle and high school
students who experienced more positive relationships, opportunities and personal
strengths-or "developmental assets"-were more likely to have high GPAs,
regardless of their family income, family composition or race-ethnicity. This
relationship is supported by both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies. To
view the summary or complete report at no charge, go to
RESPECT: Don't Laugh at Me -
Dedicated to creating safe, caring and respectful environments for children.
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. More
than 4.5 million professionals have participated in this program to learn how to
resolve conflict at the earliest possible stage.
The U.S. Department of Education in
partnership with the U.S. Secret Service published
Threat Assessment in Schools: A
Guide to Managing Threatening Situations and to Creating Safe
School Climates, which outlines research
findings on student-instigated school violence. To access the guide and the
final report, visit
http://www.secretservice.gov/ntac.shtml or call 1-877-4ED-PUBS.
Web Site to Offer Disability Sensitivity Training - A new web site is now available to provide Disability
Six Schools Plan
to Rid Their Halls of Bullies - It
was the soundtrack to Jane Hershman's seventh grade: a relentless
chorus of verbal abuse from a male classmate, in gym, at lunch, in
the halls, most of it unprintable.
Suicidal Kid With
Dyslexia Sues School - A dyslexic boy from Brooklyn and his
mother plan to sue the city Department of Education because they
claim the teen attempted suicide after school officials told him he
was so dumb, he wouldn't graduate until he was 21.
Suit Moves to Appeals Court -
The mother of an autistic boy says hearing him called "stupid"
and "crazy" by his kindergarten classmates was only part of the
problem, according to court records.
School's shock at 'bullied' pupil's death -
School staff say they are devastated at the death of a 16
year old whose parents believe he killed himself because of
Exclusive: Speaking Up -
Every day parents and advocates of children with special needs
reach out to each other and offer, through the magic of e-mail and
Listservs, online information, advice, and support. Today
"karatemom" told this story and we want to share it, in the hope
that it will inspire others.
Kids get help
conquering bullies - Metro Detroit schools develop programs
to prevent abuse and boost self-esteem. Like other kids her
age, Jamie Artman was bullied in middle school for no reason. One
day, a group of boys picked her out of a crowd because she was
wearing a necklace with a star pendant.
Bay teens get jail time for beating classmate -
Three Green Bay teens were convicted Monday of
beating up a 15-year-old disabled classmate in October.
The Bridge to Civility:
Empathy, Ethics and
Service - Developing a social
consciousness in the young means engaging them in meaningful
Up To Lots of Friction - While few
question a school's right - and responsibility - to punish students
who violate rules aimed at keeping schools free of drugs and
weapons, some in Duxbury say overly harsh punishments have made zero
tolerance a troubled approach that leaves too much power in the
hands of school officials.
What constitutes a
dangerous school? -
Few schools fit definition, state education board
A+ for Empathy
- The children in Amy Hamilton's fourth-grade class know
exactly how their day at Mulready Elementary School in Hudson,
Massachusetts, will begin. After they hang up their coats and
backpacks, they know to put their homework on their desks. Then they
read Mrs. Hamilton's message on the chalkboard, which can be
anything from a comment about the weather to a question to ponder.
- This award-winning program for pre-K through grade 12 teaches
social and emotional skills for violence prevention. The Second Step
lessons are easy to teach, flow sequentially, and require minimal
teacher preparation time. Integration activities tie the lessons
into academic learning requirements—health, science, math, social
studies, and language arts—helping teachers build on what they are
already doing in the classroom.
State Releasing First
School Safety Report
5 teens charged in taped
assault - Group beat special
education student at bus stop, police say.
Secret Service Offers
School Security Tips - Agents Tout Tactics Used to Protect
Victories For Gay Students And Teachers
groundbreaking rulings, the courts have sent school boards a clear
message: Do more to stop gay bashing or pay the price.
still afraid despite fewer school weapons, crime. Why?
detectors and surveillance cameras have sharply reduced
weapons and crime at the nation's schools, but a government
report says students are more afraid on school grounds than
off because of a problem that hasn't changed: the school
Study Boosts After-School Programs
Time-Out Rooms Inhumane? -
SPEAK OUT: Plan would limit schools' use of
The Responsive Classroom:
Practical Approach for Teaching Children to Care
Positive & Productive:
School kicks off behavior program
County's tip line provides
outlet for school concerns -
Prevention of violence, teen suicide are missions; its anonymity,
24-hr availability boost its profile.
Teachers’ Dirty Looks
- Less Dramatic Than Paddling, But Emotional Abuse
Teachers may not realize the
long-lasting effects of intimidating their students. Some
students remember the humiliation decades later.
Districts Pay Damages In Gay-Rights Lawsuits
Families urge prevention of youth suicide
- Vigil at Capitol honors those who have died.