JAPAN PASSES LAW AGAINST BULLYING IN SCHOOLS

Japan’s government last week enacted a bill that forbids bullying at elementary, junior high and senior high schools, in the attempt of stopping  the serious increase of bullying cases that have occurred in the country.

The law was voted in favor by the ruling coalition and other opposition parties at a plenary session in the upper house, according to the international press.

According to the new bill, bullying that leads to serious physical or mental trauma to children or makes them be absent for a long period of time is defined as a “serious case”.

Under the law, schools are required to report confirmed serious cases to the education ministry and local government. Next, the case is to be investigated by the school and education boards to obtain details.

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Japan Looks to Address Bullying, Suicides at Schools

A growing number of suicides by students in Japan and inadequate attempts by schools to address the issue have prompted the drafting of new legislation to help teachers spot and prevent bullying in schools.

The education ministry is also considering setting up permanent investigation teams throughout the nation to look into suicide cases involving school children. A common theme in the legislation and ministry committee debates is the need for more independent experts apart from the school to be involved in identifying the causes of bullying and suicides and measures needed to prevent them.

The issue has drawn renewed national attention following a 2011 case in the western city of Otsu in which a 13-year-old boy killed himself after being repeatedly bullied by three classmates. The Otsu Board of Education was criticized for turning a blind eye to the boy’s plight and conducting a careless investigation after the fact. For months the board even denied that bullying was linked to the boy’s death. In February, Otsu city officials formally admitted that bullying contributed to the suicide, according to local media reports.

Suicides among students up to high school age increased by nearly 30% in 2011 from the previous year, according to the latest data available from the education ministry.

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Feds fault Albany schools in race-bullying response

The Albany school district inappropriately handled a race-bullying incident by removing the victim from the school instead of her harassers, the U.S. Department of Education has found.

The eighth-grade honors student, who is biracial, was repeatedly harassed by white classmates at Hackett Middle School in March 2012, according to a federal complaint filed by her parents. The students who bullied the girl mockingly donned Ku Klux Klan hoods, asked how much her parents had paid to adopt her and compared her skin color to theirs in Spanish class comparison exercises, the document also states.

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Parents of bullies in Wisconsin town to be fined for their kids’ bad behavior

Police in Monona, Wisc., have thought of a unique way to tackle the problem of bullying by going straight to the parents. Adults whose children intimidate others will be ticketed and fined for failing to properly respond to the behavior.

Raising a bully in Monona, Wisc., can cost parents a pretty penny.

Police in the town are now holding parents liable for failing to address their kids’ bad behavior. Bullying fines start at $114 and repeat offenses can cost parents up to $177 every time.

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The new municipal ordinance is a response to an uptick in school shootings, teen suicides and cyber bullying. Monona Police Chief Walter Ostrenga believes that solutions to this “global” problem start at home. He’s hoping that the citations will push parents to take responsibility for their children’s actions.

But Ostrenga said tickets will be handed out only in extreme cases. Parents who are making an effort to address their child’s behavior would not be ticketed, he said. The fines are only meant for uncooperative parents — the ones who think their kids are perfect and don’t do anything wrong.

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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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Bullied 13-Year-Old Boy Commits Suicide After School Suspension

A 13-year-old boy who was bullied at school, suspended, then reported missing in Palmdale has committed suicide in Kern County.

Nigel Hardy, a male cheerleader at Hillview Middle School, was the victim of bullying at school and was suspended after a fight with another student last week. He was “despondent” over the suspension, Palmdale Community Relations deputy Jodi Wolfe said in a statement, and was reported missing at about 9:15 a.m. Monday after his father found an apparent suicide note in the teen’s room and discovered that his handgun was missing.

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Back-to-school: What you need to know about bullying

Did you know that 66 percent of school-aged children are teased?Bullying has become a real problem – not just in schools, but in communities too. Dr. Manny Alvarez, senior managing health editor of FoxNews.com, sat down with Dr. Lori Evans, a psychologist from New York University Medical Center, and Lis Wiehl, a Fox News analyst and attorney, to discuss the issues involved with bullying.

Evans said bullying can start at very young ages – even kids in kindergarten are bullying.”It’s a club – but you can’t be a part of it,” she said, as way of an example.”If I tease you, and you tease me back, then we’re equal – and that’s not bullying. But if someone has status, power or clout – then you’ve reached the realm of bullying.”Wiehl said bullying resembles the legal definition of harassment, where there has to be a difference in equality and power.She explained how several years ago, her son came home from school and was not acting like himself.When prompted, Wiehl’s son explained he had been …

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