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Discover How Bullying Impacts Lives Long After School

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By Jenny Holt

It is an unfortunate fact of the world that bullying is on the rise, and not just at school. BullyinBully Free Zone.jpgg happens at the workplace, too. The victims of bullying suffer every day, and often struggle to even get out of bed, let alone manage to enjoy a new day.

Nobody should feel this way, and the sad thing is that these victims don’t just suffer mentally, as if that wasn’t enough. Bullying can lead to physical pain, too, with those bullied at work suffering an increased risk of heart disease as well as other chronic diseases. The amount of people with anxiety and depression is on the rise, the risk of a suicide attempt is increased, and mental health as an adult is affected.

Take a look at this guide to discover the true extent of the mental and physical impact of bullying, and learn how to help put an end to it.



CS/SB 548 (2014) Bullying

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CS/SB 548 (2014) Bullying
	SENATE - Died in Appropriations

CS/SB 548: Bullying

GENERAL BILL by Criminal Justice ; Simmons ; (CO-INTRODUCERS) Soto

Bullying; Providing that a person who willfully, maliciously, and repeatedly harasses or cyberbullies another person commits the offense of bullying, etc.

Effective Date: 10/1/2014
Last Action: 5/2/2014 Senate – Died in Appropriations
Location: In committee/council (AP)
Bill Text: Web Page | PDF
Senate Committee References:

  1. Criminal Justice (CJ)
  2. Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (ACJ)
  3. Appropriations (AP)


Bill History

12/18/2013 Senate • Filed
1/10/2014 Senate • Referred to Criminal Justice; Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; Appropriations -SJ 46
2/3/2014 Senate • On Committee agenda– Criminal Justice, 02/10/14, 4:00 pm, 37 Senate Office Building
2/10/2014 Senate • CS by Criminal Justice; YEAS 6 NAYS 1 -SJ 137
2/11/2014 Senate • Pending reference review under Rule 4.7(2) – (Committee Substitute)
2/13/2014 Senate • Now in Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice -SJ 137
2/28/2014 Senate • On Committee agenda– Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice, 03/05/14, 9:00 am, 37 Senate Office Building
3/4/2014 Senate • Introduced -SJ 46
• CS by Criminal Justice read 1st time -SJ 126
3/5/2014 Senate • Subcommittee Recommendation: CS/CS by Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice; YEAS 13 NAYS 0 -SJ 207
3/7/2014 Senate • Now in Appropriations -SJ 207
5/2/2014 Senate • Died in Appropriations

Vote History – Committee

S 0548 Filed Criminal Justice 2/10/2014 4:00 PM 6 Yeas – 1 Nays
S 0548 c1 Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice 3/5/2014 9:00 AM 13 Yeas – 0 Nays

Vote History – Floor

No Vote History Available

Related Bills

H 0451 Bullying Fitzenhagen Similar Last Action: 3/4/2014 H Introduced -HJ 39
Location: In committee/council (CRJS)

Bill Text

S 0548 Filed 12/18/2013 10:59 AM Web Page | PDF
S 0548 c1 2/11/2014 9:39 AM Web Page | PDF


Proposed Committee Substitutes

S 0548 c1
138622 – Proposed Committee Substitute Appropriations 3/10/2014
3:32 PM
Web Page


Committee Amendments

S 0548 Filed
590212 – Amendment
Delete lines 45 – 51 and insert:
Criminal Justice
10:51 AM
Replaced by Committee Substitute
Web Page
S 0548 c1
494452 – Amendment
Delete line 36 and insert:
Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice
8:44 AM
Replaced by Committee Substitute
Web Page

Floor Amendments

No Floor Amendments Available

Bill Analyses

Bill Analysis S 0548 Criminal Justice (Pre-Meeting) 2/6/2014 1:30 PM PDF
Bill Analysis S 0548 Criminal Justice (Post-Meeting) 2/11/2014 9:15 AM PDF
Bill Analysis S 0548 Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (Pre-Meeting) 3/4/2014 9:32 AM PDF
Bill Analysis S 0548 Appropriations Subcommittee on Criminal and Civil Justice (Post-Meeting) 3/7/2014 3:31 PM PDF


Citations – Statutes

784.049 Page 1 (PDF)

Citations – Constitution (0)

No Constitutional citations for this bill version.



Teen who killed bully won’t be charged

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Teen who killed bully won’t be charged

  • Jorge Saavedra, 15, stabbed and killed 16-year-old Dylan Nuno after an unprovoked attack
  • Saavedra was originally charged with manslaughter in juvenile court
  • A Florida judge now rules that Saavedra’s actions were legal because he was acting in self-defense

A Florida teen is now immune from civil and criminal charges in his classmate’s death, a judge ruled this week.

Jorge Saavedra, 15, “had more than enough reason to believe he was in danger of death or great bodily harm” from 16-year-old Dylan Nuno, in January of 2011, Judge Lauren Brodie said.

Court documents show Nuno had been harassing Saavedra for months, so much so that Saavedra brought a knife with him to school in Collier County, Florida. Witnesses say Nuno launched an unprovoked attack on Saavedra at the bus stop January 24. That’s when Saavedra stabbed and killed Nuno.

Saavedra was originally charged in juvenile court with manslaughter. But the judge ruled that according to Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law, his actions were legal because he was acting in self-defense. A majority of states have some sort of self-defense law, but it usually only applies in one’s own home. Five years ago, Florida expanded their law to include just about anywhere a person has a right to be.

Nuno’s father, Renier Nuno, told the Ft. Myers News-Press that the judge’s decision will only encourage more students to arm themselves. “If my son had a gun, he would be alive today. My son didn’t even have a rock or a stick,” he said.

Saavedra’s father, Jorge Saavedra Sr., spoke through his attorney, Donald Day, saying, “I’m relieved it’s over, but we feel horrible that this ever happened and it will have a serious, lifelong effect on our son.” Day added, “There really are no winners out of this today. It’s a tragedy all the way around.” Saavedra is undergoing counseling and will not return to Collier County after his release, according to his attorney.

The State Attorney’s office won’t appeal. Officials with the Collier County School District told our affiliate WINK they would not comment until they have read the ruling.

Victim: Dylan Nuno (killed)
The accused: Jorge Saavedra


Case type:  Teenage bullying

Location: Public

Initiator: Victim

Witnesses: Yes

Case year:  2011

Location details: School bus stop in Golden Gate Estates, Collier County, on Jan. 24, 2011

What happened: Jorge Saavedra, 14, fatally stabbed Dylan Nuno, 16, at a school bus stop. Saavedra had gotten off the bus early trying to avoid a fight. Testimony showed that Saavedra, who claimed Nuno bullied him and teased him about his learning disabilities, was trying to get away from Nuno and a group of his friends when he was punched in the back of the head. Witnesses said he continued to try to get away. But soon he took out a pocketknife and stabbed Nuno 12 times. One of the thrusts nicked Nuno’s heart. Both boys were students at Palmetto Ridge High School.

The outcome: The judge granted immunity under “stand your ground.” “The defendant was in a place where he had a right to be and was not acting unlawfully,” Collier County Circuit Judge Lauren Brodie wrote. “He had more than enough reason to believe he was in danger of death or great bodily harm.”

Investigating agency: Collier County Sheriff

Case decision made by: Judge

Trayvon Martin’s death became controversial because circumstances leading up to the shooting cast doubt on who was to blame. The Tampa Bay Times reviewed other “stand your ground” cases for similar circumstances. The Times relied on available information, some of which may not tell the whole story. When the situation was unclear, that was noted.

Yes No Unclear/
Did the victim initiate the confrontation? Check
Was the victim armed? Check
Was the victim committing a crime that led to the confrontation? Check
Did the defendant pursue the victim? Check
Could the defendant have retreated to avoid the conflict? Check
Was the defendant on his or her property? Check
Did someone witness the attack? Check
Was there physical evidence? Check

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

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Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate


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.

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

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Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate

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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Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate

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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Posted by Maria Mangicaro
Bullying Prevention Advocate

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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