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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."  


CO 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: A 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.


MN '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."


School Dilemma: 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.


VA Chancellor Graduate Cries Foul - Former Spotsylvania student files a rare lawsuit against three students he says bullied him unmercifully during his high school years.


MI Livonia Aims To Stop Bullies - Columbine called the "wake-up call." 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 www.mysecretbully.com
"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." Visit www.mysecretbully.com for more information about the book, the author, and relational aggression.

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 classmates.


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.


Addressing Bullying 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).

MI 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 passage.


MI 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.


MI Commentary: 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.


Easing the 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.


Crisis 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 possible stage.


bullet StopBullyingNow.com - This portal site provides links to many resources that are helping many children, families, and professionals deal with teasing and bullying.
bullet Bully Beware - 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.
bullet 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.
bullet Bullying in Schools - an ERIC digest
bullet Committee for Children - curricula for preventing youth violence and child abuse.
bullet Early Warning, Timely Response: A guie to Safe Schools - Violence Prevention.
bullet National School Safety Center - Checklist of Characteristics of Youth Who Have Caused School-Associated Violent Deaths
bullet 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 our schools.
bullet Partnerships Against Violence (PAVNET)
bullet Raising Children to Resist Violence - Brochure published by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
bullet Resolving 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. (212)509-0022.
bullet Virginia Youth Violence Project - preventing youth violence, especially at school.
bullet Warning Signs of Violent Behavior - a guide for teenagers.
bullet Web Sites Related to School Safety and Violence Prevention - an annotated list from the Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice.
bullet De-Myth-tifying the Classroom Bully Education World (Scroll down to see this important information on bullies.)
bullet Sticks and Stones May Break My Bones -- And Words Can Hurt, Too by Donna Smith, Children Today at iParenting.com
bullet What Works: Coping with Bullies
bullet Dealing with Bullies by Carol Watkins, MD


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