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.