Bully At The Top Of The Stairs

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Kids are mean. It’s a fact. I’m talking about bullies. Something has to be done to stop bullying. But what can be done?

Should schools deal with bullying when it occurs on school grounds? Should school be held liable when injuries result from bullying on school grounds?

BLOG POST #142: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving an elementary school bully.

Young Bully

The victim began being bullied in first grade. The bullying reached a dangerous level when the boy was in fourth grade.

To address budget cuts, many schools have reduced nonessential positions such as hall monitors. When schools have hall monitors, does that lower the incidents of bullying? It’s impossible to know. There weren’t hall monitors at the school in this case.

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Bullying Went Too Far

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Robin Lyons' Blog Post #142If you watch network news or you’re on Facebook, you probably saw the piece this week where a middle school boy’s mother recorded him talking about how being bullied makes him feel.

After the story aired the focus shifted from the bullied boy to his mother’s social media posts.

In the research I’m sharing in this post, the same thing occurred. It makes me wonder why people shift the focus—to one-up the story?

BLOG POST #134: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two 13-year-old girls.

Tell Your Parents

The social media cyberbullying began with name calling. The anonymous online bully told the 13-year old girl she was ugly and dumb. Then the young girl did the right thing; she told her parents.

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The Tormented Turned Killer

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School violence is so sad and can have a lasting impact on all involved. My heart aches for anyone who has lost a loved one or friend to school violence.

BLOG POST #132: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving two high school boys.

Not My Son

According to one family, their 15-year-old son had been bullied, and they told him to stand up for himself. The other family said their 16-year-old son and only child was not a bully. A female student told her father she witnessed the 15-year-old boy constantly being picked on by the 16-year-old.

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Fear Of Missing Out

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I’m the first to acknowledge my weekly news is dark. Focusing on the important topic of crimes happening at schools, in my opinion, is sad but necessary.

Just like the #MeToo movement which is a sensitive subject so are crimes occurring at or connected to schools. Neither of these offenses affects everyone but everyone should care and want to see fewer occurrences.

BLOG POST #131: This week, I’m sharing positive news about a program to limit social media usage for young children.

Need To Know Now

Almost everyone has heard of ‘FOMO.’ The fear of missing out on something, it could be news, gossip, events, etc.

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Bullying Prevention

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When I was a school bus driver, I learned that when the kids were amped up or treating someone mean it was more effective to pull the bus over and park.

When the kids finally noticed we were no longer moving and wondered why—I would tell them what was going on, who was involved and that I’d wait until they were able to settle down or stop bullying (whatever the situation was).

I’d unfasten my seat belt, turn around and look at several dozen sets of eyes looking at me. #PeerPressure

After a minute or so, I’d let them know I’d continue if the behavior didn’t and that every time the shenanigans happened, I would park the bus. They tested me. And I followed through. We settled in, they behaved and got home on time while I was able to drive safely.

BLOG POST #127: For the last Saturday post in National Bullying Prevention Month, I’m sharing research on Restorative Justice.

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