Unsafe Learning Environment

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Posts about real school tragedy, crime and/or events can be upsetting.

Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #180: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific crime involving the repeated bullying of a 13-year-old student. (Helpful resources at the bottom)

The homepage of the school’s website states, “Provide a safe and secure learning environment where students are able to work towards reaching their maximum potential.”

School mission statements need to be an action plan, not a sales pitch.

Mean Girls

A note wadded into a ball was thrown at the teen—“bitch” had been written on the paper.  On the bathroom wall, someone had penned she and her sister were “ugly as f—”

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The Bullied Student Who Persevered

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As we’re nearing the end of October, Bullying Prevention month also winds to a close. Sadly, incidents of bullying remain on the rise.

BLOG POST #166: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving middle school boys. (Helpful resources at the bottom)

Since the bullying, in this case, happened at the middle school level, here are some startling facts from the StopBullying.gov website about middle school bullying:

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Recording A Bully

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Robin Lyons BlogI’ve said this before and will say over and over—schools aren’t equipped to stop bullying without cooperation from parents and possibly law enforcement. Teachers and principals aren’t police officers, bullying is hostile, it’s angry, and dealing with it is asking too much from an educator.

Many parents feel helpless and hopeless when it comes to dealing with their child’s bully. They expect the school can and should “nip it in the bud.” This case is a perfect example of how frustrated parents are about bullying.

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High School Teammate Bully

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Robin Lyons BlogBLOG POST #164: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving high school boys on the football team. (Helpful resources at the bottom)

This case resulted from an investigation at the high school for an unrelated incident.

Disgusting Behavior

The bully told the victim to pick up the football when he refused the bully put the victim in a “10 candy bar game” position (victim on their back, bully sitting on the victim’s chest pinning his arms down with the bully’s knees, then the victim is repeatedly thumped on their forehead). While in the game position, the bully allegedly hit the victim and rubbed his genitals against the boy.

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Cyberbully

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October is Bullying Prevention Month (as well as many other important causes). I’m going to start the month with a case that prompted a change to state law.

BLOG POST #163: This week, I’m sharing research on a specific criminal case involving a 16-year-old who ended his life because of cyberbullying.

All American Boy

He was a high school sophomore and an Eagle Scout. In the four months before his death, he went from a happy kid who liked to bug his brothers to a teen pushed to suicide.

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