New Data Show a Decline in School-based Bullying

New data indicate the first significant decrease in school-based bullying since the federal government began collecting that data in 2005, suggesting that efforts at the federal, state and local levels to prevent bullying may be paying off. According to new data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), the reported prevalence of bullying among students ages 12 to 18 dropped to 22 percent after remaining stubbornly around 28 percent for the Read More

Here’s The Best Way To Beat A Bully

Six out of 10 teenagers say they witness bullying in school once a day, and 160,000 students miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students, according to bullying statistics. Bullying is a big problem in America’s schools, and for National Bullying Prevention Month, education groups are trying to inform kids and adults about what they can do to stop bullies. Popular wisdom often portrayed in movies and TV shows Read More

Bullying in the digital age

Last week, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 396, which seeks to stem “cyberbullying” by criminalizing certain behavior and annoyances. The bill, Grace’s Law, honors the tragic death of Grace McComas, a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide after being harassed by a neighbor via social media. The passage of this bill is a victory for politicians who are seizing on the omnipresent topic of cyberbullying. Bullying isn’t new. People have bullied others since time Read More

Teen speaking up about bullying in Airdrie

It’s been a nightmare six months for Airdrie’s Tara and Mackenzie Murphy. Mackenzie, a 13-year-old former Muriel Clayton student who is now homeschooled, has been a victim of bullying for years. That bullying culminated in a suicide attempt before Christmas and a month-long hospital stay for the young teen. “I have been bullied since 2007,” said Mackenzie. “It was like a never-ending battle.” The abuse, which started in her former northeast Calgary school, prompted Mackenzie’s Read More

Mental health services a defense against school violence

These days, it seems like our leaders in Washington have trouble finding common ground. However, the State of the Union address and the Republican response offered a welcome moment of agreement. Both President Obama and Senator Marco Rubio called for urgent action to reduce violence in our schools and communities. It’s certainly true that Republicans and Democrats may disagree on the steps we should take, but I was pleased nonetheless that both sides are considering Read More

Anti-bully laws may get more punch from legislators; but who will pay for it?

Advocates of stronger anti-bullying measures in Minnesota say they’ll push again for a new bullying law during the upcoming legislative session. They have tried and failed several times in recent years to rewrite a law that is considered one of the weakest anti-bullying statutes in the nation. But a task force last summer urged action, and backers are putting a new emphasis on robust guidelines to help school districts prevent bullying, as opposed to punishment. Read More

Health report shows bullying

A recent survey of Malden High School students indicates that many students cope with bullying, substance usage and other issues. The report was presented to the Malden School Committee on Nov.19. Of particular concern for some board members were that more than half of all students felt they had no teacher or adult at school to talk with during times of stress. Vice Chairman Adam Weldai said he found the results regarding the lack of Read More

Facebook launches ‘bold’ anti-bullying campaign

Social media giant Facebook is asking users to take a stand against bullying in the Be Bold: Stop Bullying national campaign. Launched in Toronto on Wednesday, the online campaign asks youth, parents and educators to take a pledge against bullying, share stories about their own experience with bullies and encourages Facebook users to start their own bullying-prevention groups. Facebook Canada managing director Jordan Banks said the campaign aims to specifically reach out to those who Read More

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Officials at Jacksonville High School are taking a closer look at the issue of bullying this month. According to the American Psychological Association, about 40 to 80 percent of school-age children are bullied at some point at school. Roughly 70 percent of middle school and high school students experience bullying. JHS Principal Mike McGiles says the school deals with the issue on a case-by-case basis. He says officials are making an effort to educate students Read More

Anti-bullying programs take on new significance in wake of recent suicides

The cry coming from inside the locker sounded muffled. "Hello?" But the principal heard. He opened the locker door, and a girl emerged. "I tripped," she explained. She was new at school and too embarrassed to say that a trio of bullies had wedged her inside the locker. Later, when classmates spread mayonnaise on her hair and splashed her with water, she went back to the principal for help. The skit played out in the Read More