Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Another Teen Dies As School Administrators Stand Idly By

It is always shocking to hear that another young person has taken his or her life as a result of bullying. It is so senseless. Especially, when the bullying was common knowledge and the parents and school administrators were aware of it.

Phoebe Prince, a beautiful, 15 year old girl took her own life as a result of her anguish over the chronic bullying she received at her South Hadley High School in Massachusetts. I am glad to see that a District Attorney is holding the school administrators accountable. Personally, I think they should be criminally charged along with the 12 bullies they, in effect, helped to end this lovely girl's life. Shame on them! Shame!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Cussing At School Leads to Bullying

McKay Hatch, a very brave and intelligent sixteen year old takes on the bullies by trying to get the Senate to pass a no cussing bill for American schools. It was passed by Congress, but set aside by the Senate.

I agree with McKay that the U.S. Senate's action, or inaction as it were, is a Victory for millions of bullies. By not passing the bill, the Senate has condoned bullying. This mirrors what happens each and every day at our schools when administrators do little or nothing to stop bullying.

According to a 2 year study out of Louisiana, bullying decreased when cussing was disallowed at a Louisiana school.

You can visit McKay Hatch's website and read about or join his national campaign @ NoCussing.com

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Alarming Increase In Teen Deaths As A Result Of Huffing

I just heard the shocking news that there have been 77 teen deaths in the first 3 months of this year! That is very alarming considering that just over 500 teens died after huffing over the last 5 years according to the National Inhalant Prevention Coalition.

I just taught at SMART START class to a sixth grade class last Friday dealing with the dangers of inhaling or huffing poisonous substances. I cannot emphasize enough the dangers of huffing. One in three first time abusers drops dead. I tell kids, your first huff, may well be your last breath. I am deeply saddened by this ABC report.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bullying On The Decline Says Who?

I could not believe my ears when HLN reported last Monday that bullying is on the decline. What?According to HLN, reports of physical bullying among children fell from 22% in 2003 to 15% in 2008. Now, I am no expert, but I take serious issue with this study.

First of all, most bullying incidents never get reported. The majority of bully victims suffer in silence. Secondly, physical bullying is just one facet of bullying. The girls are the worst kind of bullies and I'd wager there are a lot more girl bullies than boy bullies. Girls today are just plain mean. They bully in ways that go undetected by the adults around them, especially their parents who will deny their darling little angel would ever say a disparaging word to another child. Give me a break!

So, I say to this HLN report, HOGWASH! For the very day of the report, I received a phone call from a mom in tears over her daughter's distress and anxiety due to 2 girls who had been repeatedly bullying her at school. Two days prior to this report, a friend informed me that her son was bullied at Track and Field practice which is run by a Christian Youth Organization!!! Shameful!

HLN, why don't you put your focus on the fact that 1 in 4 children are bullied every single day in this country???? Let's put that out there and put a stop to it now.

NASCAR Bullies Go Way Too Far

I was stunned as I watched a NASCAR driver purposely cause the car in front of him to flip off the track on Sunday. It was reported that he showed no remorse and indicated that it was pay back. Really????? Have we stooped so low as adults that we need to exact revenge on our tormentors?File a complaint, call the police, get legal retribution, but don't risk your life and the lives of innocent fans.

This blatant act was attempted murder. Hello! Both of these drivers should be thrown behind bars for attempting to murder each other on the track and on national television no less. I am completely disgusted by this attitude and both men should be ashamed of themselves! What's more, it appears that NASCAR encourages such reckless behavior. Why? For the almighty dollar. Sickening!!! Shame!!! Shame!!!! Shame!!!!