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Joel Burns Offers Words of Hope for GLBT Teens

joel burnsOctober 11 was National Coming Out Day, a day meant to provide support for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered people.

Unfortunately, even this national movement for acceptance has not been preventing the suicides of many teens who have been bullied because of their sexual orientation.

According to The Huffington Post, approximately 90 percent of GLBT students were physically or verbally abused in 2009. This intense bullying is what led Asher Brown, 13, Bill Lucas, 15, Seth Walsh, 13, Tyler Clemenit, 18, and Zach Harrington, 19, to commit suicide. Gay teens are four times more likely than straight teens to attempt suicide, mainly because they do not feel accepted by their peers.

Joel Burns is an openly gay city councilman in Fort Worth, TX. At a city council meeting on October 12, 2010, Burns reached out to GLBT students around the world. Listen to his message of hope for all students who are being bullied. Read the rest of this entry »



Teachers Allowed to Hit Students in 20 U.S. States

the 20 states allowing student hitting

The 20 States in red currently allow teachers to legally hit their misbehaving children

Most parents recognize that even in the most well-respected and established education institutions, their children will inevitably misbehave, which will subject them to punishment in accordance to the school’s disciplinary guidelines.

In fact, in most instances, parents, teachers and administrative professionals understand and agree that negative reinforcement is sometimes deemed necessary when disciplining a disruptive pupil. Most, however, envision a trip to the principal’s office or a missed after school activity an appropriate punishment.

One thing they probably don’t envision is a child being hit with a belt or wooden paddle as an appropriate punishment for misbehavior. Read the rest of this entry »



Dr. Phil Launches Anti-Bullying Movement [VIDEO]

Dr-Phil-congressDr. Phil has long been a proponent of taking action against cyber bullies, but now he’s gaining more momentum for his anti-bullying campaign. In June, Dr. Phil went before congress, urging the inclusion of anti-bullying measures in changes being made to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, also known as No Child Left Behind. Dr. Phil is one of many celebrities who have raised an outcry over the recent suicides of gay teens.

Dr. Phil has addressed the issue of bullying on his show, and now he’s launching an “Anti-Bully Movement” with series of pledges. “We’re talking about a call to action for students, parents, teachers, coaches, school administrators, anyone who comes in contact with children that are subject to being bullied,” he says on his website. “We’ve got to keep our children safe at school and that includes keeping them safe from each other. Bullying is more serious than ever. Kids are taking their own lives as a result and even when they don’t, the emotional scars, the damage to their self-esteem can be devastating.”

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Signs a Child is Being Bullied

bulliedDo you worry that your child is being bullied in school? Some children may be open with their parents about difficult social situations, but many won’t want to share their hurt feelings. Stuart W. Twemlow and Frank Sacco, the authors of Why School Anti-Bullying Programs Don’t Work, share their advice on how to tell if your child is suffering at the hands of a bully.

The most important thing is that parents are tuned into their child’s behavior to notice when something changes. “You can pick up on subtle clues, but this takes time and a certain amount of luck. Bad things can happen to children even if the parents do everything right,” Twemlow and Sacco write.

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Celebrities Speak Out Against Anti-LGBTQ Bullying

celebs-speak-outLGBTQ activist and sex columnist Dan Savage launched the “It Gets Better Project” YouTube channel to collect inspirational messages for young gay, bi and questioning people who may be struggling in high school or college. The effort has gotten much attention in the light a string of gay teens died by suicide in the past weeks. The channel attracted hundreds of video messages and rapidly reached its maximum capacity.

Many other celebrities have come forward with video messages, including Neil Patrick Harris, Ellen DeGeneres, Lala and Ciara, Jason Derulo and the cast of the Broadway musical Wicked.

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Columbine Anniversary Sheds Light on School Bullying

swingApril 20, 2010 marks the 11th anniversary of the Columbine High School shooting massacre. Since the tragedy, American school administrators, teachers, parents and children have learned a lot about the warning signs that may provoke the violent and deadly behavior that occurred in Littleton, Colorado in 1999.

According to The Huffington Post, a recent study funded by the U.S. Department of Justice found that the percentage of children who reported being physically bullied over the past year had declined from nearly 22 percent in 2003 to under 15 percent in 2008.

Lead researchers were encouraged by the results as bullying and being bullied are two telltale signs of future aggressive behavior inflicted upon oneself or on others.

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