Our view: Bullying must be bashed

It happened. Again. A New York City girl was found hanged to death last week by her family in her home. Beside her was a suicide note that mentioned being bullied online. The girl attended Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109 in Queens Village. She was 12 years old

We shake our heads, but we need to do more. If you have children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews or coach sports teams, direct musical groups, teach Sunday School or have any other kind of personal contact with young people, please, talk to them about this very serious issue. Don’t wait. Do it today. Now.

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Field trip to Orlando surfaces in local bullying case

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A field trip taken by 8th graders to Universal Studios in Orlando is being used in legal arguments in an ongoing school incident described as bullying.

In March, Aria Jewett was allegedly injured in an attack just before school started at the Oceanway Middle School. Three teenage girls were charged, one with aggravated battery.

The mother got a restraining order to prohibit contact between the girls.

This month Melissa Thomas says while on the field trip with her daughter the girl who was charged with battery was spotted. That girl who attends another middle school was on the same field trip.

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Free program lets kids report bullying in schools with a text message


WASHINGTON — Students are getting a new weapon to fight back against bullies: their cell phones.

A leading education technology company on Wednesday announced it would give schools a free and confidential way for students to tell school officials via text that they are being bullied or are witnessing bullying. Blackboard’s TipTxt program could change the school climate — or reveal just how pervasive student-on-student harassment has become.

“Kids have cell phones. They have mobile devices,” said Blackboard chief executive officer Jay Bhatt, whose 9-year-old daughter is already sending digital messages to her friends. “They’re constantly interacting with their mobile devices.”

Blackboard, which provides products to more than half of the nation’s schools, will offer the service for free starting immediately. Texts sent through the confidential program will be routed to school officials, who then will determine how to investigate.

“Things always came (by) word of mouth or in the line coming back from the playground. That whisper down the lane has always occurred,” said Thomas Murray, a former principal who now is director of technology and cyber education at Quakertown Community School District in suburban Allentown, Pa. “We want students to do what’s right. This is another avenue we can tap into.”

Murray said his schools were no worse than most with bullying, but decided to be among the first to employ the Blackboard system.

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Tragic Child Suicide In New York Linked To Bullying

Authorities have confirmed the tragic suicide death of a Queens, New York 12-year-old was due to the relentless bullying she was subjected to for several months beforehand from classmates.

According to Gabrielle Molina’s suicide note and accounts from her sister, 15-year-old Georgia, the seventh-grader took her own life because of persistent cyber-bullying, slut-shaming, and name calling from her middle school peers. It had just become too much.

Reports indicate it was Georgia who discovered her sister Gabrielle after she’d hanged herself inside her bedroom. Georgia had been sworn to secrecy, told not to reveal the abuse to their parents, though they knew Gabrielle was having some trouble at school.

The girl was often taunted by classmates over her appearance – victimized both face-to-face and online. Fellow students at Jean Nuzzi Intermediate School 109 in Queens who sent the upsetting messages are currently under investigation as officers removed computers from the Molina home in order to have them analyzed. Several students have been questioned since the incident, but no charges have been imposed.

Associates of Gabrielle said she’d got into a fistfight with another girl that was videotaped and posted on YouTube; she had a history of cutting herself and had recently broken up with a boyfriend – providing the bullies with fodder.
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Prosecutor May Probe Facebook Over Girl Who Killed Herself After Online Bullying

An Italian prosecutor has launched an investigation into how Facebook allowed the publication of insults and bullying posts aimed at a teenager, who later leapt to her death from her third floor bedroom window.

Carolina Picchio, 14, from Novara in northern Italy, committed suicide in January after a gang of boys circulated video on Facebook of her appearing drunk and disheveled in the bathroom at a party.

The group, aged between 15 and 17, were said to be friends of Miss Picchio’s ex-boyfriend. He had allegedly insulted her on Facebook when she left him days earlier, although he claims to have later apologized.

“Isn’t what you have done to me enough? You have made me pay too many times,” Miss Picchio wrote in a note to the boy which was found in her room by investigators.

Before taking her life, she wrote on Facebook: “Forgive me if I am not strong. I cannot take it any longer.”

The Italian Parent’s Association has already filed a criminal complaint in Rome directly against Facebook for allegedly having a role in the instigation of Miss Picchio’s suicide.

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Suspect Charged in Bullying, Duluth Home Invasion

A Duluth man has been arrested and charged in connection with a recent home invasion that involved a 12-year-old victim.

Duluth Police charged Joshua Parrish, 19, with two felonies: false imprisonment and robbery. Jail records indicate that he lives in Duluth, and that he is being held at the Gwinnett County Detention Center without bond.

Parrish apparently turned himself into police late Thursday night, according to WSB-TV.

Parrish began bullying the 12-year-old victim when he got off his school bus, and then forced his way into the boy’s Duluth home, WSB-TV reported earlier this week.

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Bullying of gay boy led parents to sue district

Faggot. Queer. Girl.

That’s what Will Baublit says classmates called him every day in the fifth grade.

They tripped him in the hallway, knocked his books out of his hands, threatened to bust his head open. At a football game, a group beat him up.

The year before, the classmates had been his friends. They’d known one another since the first grade at East Knox Middle School in rural Knox County northeast of Columbus. But in fifth grade, Will revealed that he was gay, and everything changed.

After repeated requests to school administrators to stop the bullying, the family sued the district in federal court. Though the district denied the claims, the lawsuit was settled in the family’s favor.

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