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Punishing Bullies with Public Humiliation: How some parents are deciding to prevent future bullying behavior

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Thrift shop clothes punishment for bullying tween gets mixed reviews
Posted on: 11:08 pm, May 21, 2013, by Brittany Green-Miner and Caroline Connolly, updated on: 11:15pm, May 21, 2013

MURRAY, Utah – A punishment given to a fourth grade bully by her parents has garnered international attention, and the unique parenting method has received mixed reviews.

For several weeks, 10-year-old Kaylee had been teasing a classmate at Viewmont Elementary about the way she dressed.
When Kaylee’s dad’s fiancée Ally learned about the bullying, she asked Kaylee about it, and Kaylee didn’t show any remorse.
So Ally and Mark, Kaylee’s dad, decided to give the girl a taste of her own medicine. They went to a local thrift shop and picked out a “new” wardrobe for Kaylee to wear to school.  Click here to read more.

Published on Oct 7, 2013
Most parental punishments might include the naughty step, no pudding, or no Saturday night TV. But one parent, furious when his nine-year-old son was reported as bullying other kids at his elementary school, made him learn a lesson in a very humiliating way.

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Published on Nov 30, 2012
An Arizona school district has condemned the in-school discipline at one of its high schools after two boys were forced to hold hands in front of their classmates as a punishment for fighting.
Earlier this week, the two students at Westwood High School in Mesa, Ariz., who have not been named, were faced with the prospect of either suspension from school, or sitting in chairs in the high school’s courtyard and holding hands for 15 minutes during a lunch period. They opted for the latter.

Ocala Florida School Bus Bullies Attack of 13-year-old

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Video released of 13-year-old girl brutally beaten on school bus

MARION COUNTY, Fla. — The Florida State Attorney’s Office released video on Thursday of a brutal fistfight on an Ocala school bus that happened on Jan. 6.

The video shows seven students, five girls and two boys, attacking a 13-year-old girl at the back of the bus, while it’s moving.
During the chaos, the bus driver turns around, points and screams something to the crowd of children, but continues to drive. He was also seen using the two-way radio.
The video shows two girls at the front of the bus screaming at the driver “Pull over!”

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The video even comes with this warning:

Warning – Item [RAW VIDEO] School Bus Fight – Ocala, FL might contain content that is not suitable for all ages.

School Bus Beating Surveillance Video Released

RAW VIDEO: Ocala School Bus Fight
Published on Jan 26, 2012
A surveillance camera on a school bus captures a fight

Published on Jan 26, 2012
Prosecutors have released surveillance video of a school bus fight that left a 13-year-old girl injured.

Bullied at the Bus Stop

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Second-grader beaten at bus stop by classmates

Posted: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 5:50 pm | Updated: 5:50 pm, Wed Feb 19, 2014.

By Dan Adkins Georgetown News-Graphic

A second-grader was beaten so severely by classmates Wednesday, he was transported to an area hospital for care.

A group of second-graders reportedly ganged up on the boy on their school bus, then followed the boy off the bus and kept beating him, a Scott County sheriff’s deputy said.

Deputy Joshua Bedson said the boy, also a second-grader, was assaulted as the bus approached and entered Spindletop Mobile Home Park off Lisle Road about 2:45 p.m.

The boy, who has not been identified, was taken to Georgetown Community Hospital by Georgetown-Scott County Emergency Medical Services. No report on the boy’s condition was availble at press time.

The driver of the bus, identified as Bus No. 36, allowed the boys to get off the bus with the victim at the intersection of Mulholland Drive and Dale Drive, then allowed them back on, several parents at the scene said.

“They were getting off the bus, beating on him,” said parent Janie Schmidt.

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Here are some other cases of students being Bullied at the Bus Stop

Published on Feb 1, 2012
A woman says her son, a second-grader, was badly beaten up by a sixth-grade boy for nearly five minutes on a school bus. She wants to know why the bus driver didn’t do something to help and why the other boy is not suspended.

Published on Nov 18, 2013
CARROLL COUNTY, Ky. (Angenette Levy) — A trio of 13-year-old girls are charged with assault and complicity for planning an attack on another student on a Carroll County school bus. Emily Penn Foster, 13, was riding home on the bus last Friday when she said one of the girls asked her a question. She asked me if I still liked a guy and I told her yes, Penn Foster said. Moments later, Emily said one girl punched her in the face. Cell phone video of the attack shows a second girl grabbing her hair and punching her in the back for more than 20 seconds.

Bullying Prevention According to the Law: What will be the role of adults who work with school children?

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The controversial Pinellas School Bus Beating and the more recent Gibbs High School violent classroom fight among students highlights the issue of what role educators, school employees/volunteers and even bus drivers must take when they are witness to peer victimization and bullying. 

As Florida lawmakers consider Rebecca’s Law, which would criminalize bullying, individuals who work in schools must recognize the liability that might be placed on them. 

In 2012, a NJ school district settled a bullying lawsuit for $4.2 million. The suit against the school district alleged officials knew or should have known of his bully’s violent tendencies. The plaintiff also accused them of failing to comply with state anti-bullying laws. The plaintiff settled out of court for an undisclosed amount with the bully’s family.

While each state sets different statutes of limitations for different types of claims, many states impose a three-year statute of limitations for injury claims in general — but for children, the statute of limitations is extended until the child’s 18th birthday. So children really have until age 21 to pursue an injury claim.   Liability for bullying may have special considerations as a child who is bullied may have long-lasting repercussions that can follow into adulthood.

It will be extremely important to create a massive amount of public awareness of Rebecca’s Law and the intent of the law to prevent children from behaving like bullies, or face criminal charges and expensive lawsuits. 

Surprisingly, most Florida residents are not even aware of the fact Florida currently has an anti-bullying law and our schools have already taken initiative to put in place proactive bullying prevention programs. Under the law, they loose valuable funding if they are not in compliance. 

Under the new anti-bullying law, parents, guardians, teachers, educators, administrators, school volunteers and even school bus drivers must have a clear-cut definition and understanding of what their responsibilities will be to prevent children from behaving like bullies. 

According to Lawyers dot com, when bullying behavior is considered a crime, “teachers can be held criminally liable for turning a blind eye to bullying.”

Bullying litigation is an emerging area of law as “Parents of victims can hold bullies – as well as schools, teachers and staff – civilly liable for bullying as well. Civil law involves tort claims. Tort law holds individuals or institutions legally responsible for harmful wrongdoing. The wrongdoing can result in monetary damages paid to the victim, even if the bully or the school isn’t criminally charged. Parents can also bring lawsuits against schools if they violate their state’s anti-bullying statutes.”

The public must be educated on what causes bullying behavior among children and what their legal responsibilities will be to prevent it.

Rebecca Sedwick’s ex-boyfriend — who also dated accused bully — slams schoolgirl jealousy for causing suicide

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Rebecca Sedwick’s ex-boyfriend — who also dated accused bully — slams schoolgirl jealousy for causing suicide

John Borgen of Lakeland, Fla., says he dated Rebecca Sedwick, 12, and more recently Guadalupe Shaw, 14, but never dreamed one would end up taking her own life and the other would end up in jail.

John Borgen, the former boyfriend of both Rebecca Sedwick and Guadalpue Shaw, who has been charged in Sedwick’s death, says that he knew as many as 15 girls from school were teaming up against Sedwick but never expected her to kill herself.

The boy at the heart of an alleged love triangle that led to 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick’s bullying and eventual suicide is speaking out for the first time to condemn their actions.

John Borgen of Lakeland, Fla., says he dated Sedwick and more recently 14-year-old Guadalupe Shaw but never dreamed it would result in one taking her own life and the other landing behind bars.

“They need to take life seriously,” Borgen told WTSP of the crimes accused against Shaw and a second girl, aged 12. “Why do you need to be bullying somebody?”

Borgen says he knew that as many of 15 girls had teamed up against Sedwick in her final days with the 12-year-old described by the Polk County Sheriff’s Department as being Sedwick’s former best friend.

“It shocked me,” said Borgen of Sedwick’s eventual suicide on Sept. 9. “It made me mad because she should have just told somebody.”

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Underdstanding Adolescent Bullying: What every lawmaker needs to know

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The Amazing Adolescent Brain: What Every Educator, Youth Serving Professional, and Healthcare Provider Needs to Know

By Linda Burgess Chamberlain PhD, MPH

By Linda Burgess Chamberlain PhD, MPH

Some of the most exciting new discoveries in neuroscience focus on adolescent brain development. Researchers have learned that the adolescent brain is far from completed. Many of the most important finishing touches in brain development occur during the second decade of life.

Adolescence is a window of opportunity for developing a better, smarter, faster brain. It is the time when the brain becomes more efficient and develops more advanced skills. But it can also be a time of missed opportunities and vulnerabilities if a teen does not challenge her/his brain or exposes the brain to neurotoxins, such as alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Similar to what happens in early childhood, adolescent brain development is a period of ‘use it or lose it’. Brain connections that are stimulated and used repeatedly grow stronger while unused connections wither away. How teens spend their time – their activities and experiences – influences both the organization and also the capacity of the brain.

This article reviews some of the latest research and describes how educators, healthcare providers, and youth serving professionals can help teens engage in activities that will lead to healthy, strong, and well developed brains.

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Does drinking soda turn kids into bullies? New research links sodas and aggression

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Does drinking soda turn kids into bullies? New research links sodas and aggression
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 by: J. D. Heyes

(NaturalNews) Researchers say in a new study that kids who drink soda pop generally score higher on aggressive behavior scales than kids who don’t drink the carbonated beverages.

The lead author of the study said, though, that the increased aggressiveness may not necessarily be noticeable in individual children. Also, researchers were unable to prove soda was key to causing the bad behavior, Reuters Health reported.

“It’s a little hard to interpret it. It’s not quite clinically significant,” said Shakira Suglia, of Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health in New York.

That said, previous research by some of the study’s authors unearthed ties between soda consumption and violent behavior; however, the link had not thus far been studied in younger children.

The data are compelling

Per Reuters Health:

For the new analysis, the researchers used an existing study of mothers and their 2,929 children from 20 large U.S. cities. The mothers and children were first recruited between 1998 and 2000 to be periodically interviewed and evaluated.

Mothers completed a checklist on children’s behaviors over the previous two months to measure withdrawal, attention and aggression.

“It’s things like how often does a child destroy his or her own belongings and how often do they destroy the belongings of others,” said Suglia.

The moms were also asked about how many servings of soda their kids drank per day, and about other habits they had, like watching television.

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Could Lead Poisoning be a contributing factor to adolescent bullying?

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Lead Poisoning May Be A Criminal Element

By Deborah Mitchell 
2013-02-13 06:54
Lead poisoning

Lead poisoning is probably not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about the rising incidence of crime in our society. But the results of a new report indicate that lead may possess qualities of a criminal element and juvenile delinquency.

How can lead poisoning lead to crime?

For decades, parents have been warned about the dangers of lead poisoning. Lead is a common but toxic element found throughout the environment, in items ranging from old paint (applied before 1978, still found in many old buildings), children’s toys and school supplies, old water pipes, soil, the air, and water.

Children who are exposed to lead can experience a wide range of symptoms, some of which are not immediately evident. Therefore, in addition to headache, low energy, constipation, and abdominal pain, children can develop learning disabilities, aggressive behavior, kidney damage, reduced IQ, hearing difficulties, and attention problems.

According to Summer Miller of Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, exposure to toxic levels of lead among children may result in juvenile delinquency. In fact, it doesn’t take much exposure to cause toxicity: “levels as low as 10 micrograms per deciliter show enough lead exposure to diagnose lead poisoning,” noted Miller, even though other research state 45 mcg/dl as the cut off point.

Miller also pointed out that published studies have shown that exposure to lead and crime are associated with evidence of poor intelligence, bullying and other behavioral problems, and poor communication skills. Among those earlier studies is one from Columbia University.

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3 San Jose State students charged with hate crime against black roommate

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By Michael Martinez, CNN
updated 12:28 PM EST, Fri November 22, 2013

CNN) — Three San Jose State University students in California have been charged with racially bullying their black roommate by clamping a bicycle lock around his neck and decorating their four-bedroom suite with a Confederate flag, Nazi symbols, photos of Adolf Hitler and a white board with a racial epithet, prosecutors said Thursday.

The three students — Logan Beaschler, 18, of Bakersfield; Joseph Bomgardner, 19, of Clovis; and Colin Warren, 18, of Woodacre — are charged with misdemeanor hate crime and battery, the Santa Clara district attorney’s office said.

Neither the three students nor their attorneys could be immediately reached for comment.

Beaschler was booked in the Santa Clara County Jail on Thursday, with bail set at $15,000.

White students charged with hate crime

The defendants face a maximum sentence of one year in county jail if convicted, prosecutors said.

The 17-year-old roommate who was the alleged victim wasn’t named by prosecutors. He suffered a minor injury when he fought off the bike lock around his neck, prosecutors said.

“I can’t believe in the year 2013 that we’re talking about an African-American student being treated this way,” District Attorney Jeffrey F. Rosen told CNN. “We’re taking this case very seriously.”

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