Posts tagged "bullying"

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con

Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped To Chat With Me at Comic-Con
Dear Middle-Aged Man Who Stopped to Chat With Me At San Diego Comic-Con, You were strolling through the Autograph Area, looking to see if there were any tables you wanted to visit.  You stopped and read the banner above my table.  You walked over to me, smiling.  I thought you might be a teacher looking... Read more »

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl

Aren't You A Little Short To Be A Stormtrooper? The Passing of the Armor to A Bullied Little Girl
Allison used to love to go to school.  But two years ago, when her big sister moved on from elementary school to junior high, Allison found herself alone when she became the target of relentless bullying. Allison is eleven years old.  She loves Spiderman and Star Wars.  The other kids mock her for carrying a... Read more »

Dear Dad Who Was Waiting In Line At Panera

Dear Dad Who Was Waiting in Line at Panera, It was pretty crazy in Panera at lunchtime yesterday.  A ballet recital had just ended at the theater across the street, and a crush of unexpected people descended on Panera.  The people who worked there were running way behind on just about every order.  It was... Read more »
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Judge Allows School to Bully a Student and Convicts Victim of Crime

One of the first pieces of advice that I (and all my bullying prevention colleagues) give to students who are being bullied is: COLLECT EVIDENCE. In many case, evidence is the only thing that will stand between a target and an institution that prefers to believe the bully.  We saw this happen when Jonathan Martin... Read more »

Top Ten Ways North Carolina School Could Have Responded To Bullying Other Than Banning Grayson’s My Little Pony Backpack

Dear Buncombe County Schools, I heard about your school in North Carolina that told Grayson Bruce he was not allowed to bring his My Little Pony Bag to school, because it was a trigger for bullying.  You released a statement saying that you take bullying seriously and will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.  Well,... Read more »

The Real Problems With Yik Yak, and How You Should Respond

The Real Problems With Yik Yak, and How You Should Respond
Schools in Chicagoland are up in arms and shutting down the social media app Yik Yak.  Here are the real problems with Yik Yak and what you can do to respond. What is Yik Yak? Yik Yak is a four-month-old app for Android and Apple mobile devices that allows users to post text-only Yaks of... Read more »
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Great New Update on Michael Morones

Great New Update on Michael Morones
In January, 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, which has left him in the hospital with serious brain damage.   Although suicidal ideation is a complicated issue with more than one cause, a known factor in Michael’s distress was the bullying he experienced at school. Other kids taunted Michael about his... Read more »

Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality

Update on Michael Morones: The Complications of Bullying, Suicidal Ideation, and Causality
UPDATE: As of February 7, Michael is taking some independent breaths.  Go Mighty Michael! In the two weeks since 11-year-old Michael Morones attempted to take his own life by hanging, leaving him severely brain damaged, his parents are trying to sort out what happened and where to go from here. Suicidal ideation is a complicated... Read more »

11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help

11-yr-old Boy Bullied for Being A Brony Fighting for Life After Suicide Attempt; How You Can Help
Eleven-year-old Michael Morones is a passionate boy.  He idolizes his Uncle Jimmy, who is a proud member of the Bronies.  The term Brony is a portmanteau that refers to fanboys of My Little Pony (“bro ponies”), although girls can be Bronies too. Michael’s favorite character is Pinkie Pie, a hyper excitable pony.   The little boy,... Read more »
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Why It Is Simple To Define Governor Christie as a Bully

Governor Christie’s behavior brings to the forefront of our nation’s consciousness an issue that is widely known yet under-addressed: workplace bullying. Some will argue that Christie’s behaviors embody the American ideals in the workplace, lauding his assertiveness, straight-talk and get-it-done attitude.   And yes, those are qualities that are to be admired. But a person is... Read more »