The Answer Sheet: Bullying

Posted at 02:48 PM ET, 01/08/2012

Teen who killed bully to go free under ‘Stand Your Ground’ law

A 15-year-old who fatally stabbed a boy who had been bullying him will not be prosecuted because of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” law that allows someone to meet force with force.

By Valerie Strauss  |  02:48 PM ET, 01/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 11/17/2011

Hazing: 6 common myths

Hazing is thriving in schools — and not just in fraternities and sororities on college campuses but at high schools too. Here are some myths and facts about what is a misunderstood, dangerous problem.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:00 AM ET, 11/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 11/05/2011

Anti-bullying legislation attacked for allowing bullying

Activists say legislation that just passed the Michigan Senate actually allows bullying via an exception for religious or moral beliefs.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:16 PM ET, 11/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 09/15/2011

School board member: How I was bullied at school

A school board member remembers how he was bullied when he was in school and how it has affected his view of the issue as a member of a policy-making school panel.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:00 AM ET, 09/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 06/29/2010

Bill to ban corporal punishment in schools introduced in Congress

A bill is introduced in Congress that would ban corporal punishment in most private and public schools across the country. Twenty states now still allow the practice.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:28 PM ET, 06/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 05/21/2010

Forcibly tattooing a boy isn't bullying. It's assault

Tattooing someone against their will is not bullying. It is assault. The difference matters and is relevant in the case of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly tattooed against his will.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:30 PM ET, 05/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 04/27/2010

Draft anti-bullying policy released in Phoebe Prince’s school district

The Massachusetts school district where a 15-year-old bullied girl, Phoebe Prince, killed herself, has unveiled a draft anti-bullying policy. Meanwhile, the subject of bullying is getting new academic treatment.

By Valerie Strauss  |  03:30 PM ET, 04/27/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 04/16/2010

The rules of corporal punishment

In the 20 states that still allow kids to be paddled, school districts generally have their own rules for administering corporal punishment, or, in layman’s terms, whacking a kid. Some limit the number of hits, others specify where the kid can be hit (usually on the buttocks but sometimes other places). Here are some of the actual policies.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:52 PM ET, 04/16/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:40 AM ET, 04/11/2010

On bullying: "What are we really teaching our kids?"

By Malcolm Gauld. Our schools remain paralyzed, focused on objectives that are not only unsound; they actually fuel many of the problems we profess to want to solve. Our dynamic reminds me of an old “I Love Lucy” episode.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:40 AM ET, 04/11/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/31/2010

Make strong anti-bullying programs mandatory in schools

More than 40 states have some sort of law that makes bullying illegal, yet the harassment of young kids by their classmates is rampant in schools everywhere. But laws alone won't stop bullying.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/31/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 03/05/2010

‘Safe Students Act’ doesn’t keep kids safe: Paddling still allowed

The "Keeping All Students Safe Act" doesn't really keep all students safe. The House of Representatives this week passed a bill that bars schools from using seclusion and restraints on students in most cases. But it doesn't stop many thousands of kids from being paddled--and sometimes hurt--every year.

By Valerie Strauss  |  12:18 PM ET, 03/05/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 03/04/2010

Congress moves quickly to stop abuse at schools--NOT

You might think Congress would act swiftly when it learned of hundreds of cases of alleged abuse and death of children who were subjected to seclusion and restraints in public and private schools over the previous two decades. I guess it all depends on your definition of "swiftly."

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 03/04/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 10/14/2009

Getting Kids To and From School Safely--Part 2

It is especially obscene that some kids who want to go to school face real danger getting there--and back home--because adults can’t ensure them a safe route.

By Valerie Strauss  |  09:15 AM ET, 10/14/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 10/02/2009

When Kids Attack Other Kids

If my child had been attacked at a school event by teenagers and other people watched and did nothing to help, I would be apoplectic. A lot of people would not hear the end of it. In fact, I am apoplectic over an incident in which this happened to a child I don’t know.

By Valerie Strauss  |  11:36 AM ET, 10/02/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 09/30/2009

SPOTLIGHT: Bullying--and What Schools Do and Don’t Do About It

At Vivian Elementary School, about 12 miles from the site of the 1999 shootings at Columbine High School, students spend about an hour once a week talking about bullies--and what to do when they see one. Every child from kindergarten through sixth grade--and all of the adults in the school--learn how to identify bullying behaviors and how to stand up to a bully without inflaming the situation... The comprehensive strategy is what experts say is the best--and probably only approach--that can reduce bullying. Unfortunately, most schools won't do it.

By Valerie Strauss  |  06:30 AM ET, 09/30/2009 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)