Posts Tagged ‘bullying’

Academic decline, or problems in school, may be a sign of depression in some children. Of course, not all problems in school are linked to depression, and not all depressed children have significant problems in school, either.

How Does Depression Interfere With Academic Performance? Read article here.

Florida officials say the number of bullying incidents reported to the state are so few that some wonder whether the state’s strong law is not protecting children. Read article here.

Federal statistics show suicide is the third-leading cause of death among adolescents, with nearly 1,500 suicides among those ages 15 to 19 in 2007, the most recent year for which data were available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That year’s rate of 6.87 suicides per 100,000 for that age group continued a trend down from the 8.04 rate in 1999.

But a series of high-profile suicides across the country last year involving teenagers who were believed to have been victims of online bullying has helped fuel advocates’ push for prevention efforts in schools.

The Jason Foundation is calling for mandatory teacher training throughout the country. Currently, Tennessee, Illinois, Louisiana, and Mississippi require training, said Flatt, the foundation’s president. Others, such as California, have laws encouraging such training. Read article here.

In honour of International Anti-Bullying Day, two schools came together to create a message about acceptance and to challenge others to use social media as a positive tool.

We don’t call it “pencil bullying” when someone uses a wooden stick with lead inside to write someone a threatening note. When a person shakes her fist in front of someone’s face, we don’t call it “fist bullying.” And when kids don’t let other kids sit at their lunch table, we don’t call it “table bullying.”

Yet when someone uses a cell phone or the Web to harass, demean, defame, or annoy another person, we give it the special name “cyberbullying.” Read article here.

There are encouraging signs that suicide prevention is becoming a higher priority for our nation. And there are signs that a growing grassroots movement has taken hold, which offers hope for preventing this tragic loss of life.

Our challenge is clear: we must reverse the trend and reduce suicide in our country. The opportunity to do so is equally clear: we must develop the necessary knowledge, political will, resources, and programs. Because of you, our friends and supporters, there are SIGNS OF HOPE. Read report here.

While this letter sounds good in theory, I do believe that actions speak louder than words. LGBT bullycides will continue as long as we are a nation that treats the LGBT community as second-class citizens. What kind of message does the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy send? What about Marriage Equality? Also, WHY doesn’t the White House send letters of condolence to families of military suicides? These are the things that need to change before I put any faith in a canned response from the White House. Show me, Mr. POTUS, don’t just tell me. Read more here.

Read President Obama’s letter here.