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October 19, 2013 | By Matt Hamilton
An Illinois dad got the call on Thursday that no parent ever wants to receive. Brad Lewis' ex-wife was on the phone: Their 15-year-old son had shot himself in the chest. In the note Jordan Lewis left behind, he laid blame on bullying. Although stricken with grief, Lewis, 47, found resolve. He took to Facebook that night and posted a series of videos explaining his son's death and the events leading up to it: the alleged bullying, the concern of his son's best friend, the wellness visit by police the night before the suicide, and the 911 call his son made shortly before pulling the trigger.
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SPORTS
April 22, 2014 | By Lance Pugmire
DALLAS - It's not just about getting under the Ducks' skin with the Dallas Stars, it's about penetrating their minds. The evidence includes Antoine Roussel's Game 3 punch directed at Ryan Getzlaf's cut-up face, Ryan Garbutt's slide that broke the right leg of Ducks defenseman Stephane Robidas, and Stars Coach Lindy Ruff's endorsement of the roughness. “A couple of scrums that, I'm pretty sure if you watch, our guys got punched in the face a few times … when you're getting punched in the face, you're going to punch back … playoff hockey's emotional,” Ruff said after Dallas' 3-0 victory that cut the Ducks' Western Conference first-round best-of-seven series lead to 2-1. After losing the first two games, the Stars clearly displayed their desperation mode in a 17-penalty battle, and now it's the Ducks' turn to answer in Game 4 on Wednesday at American Airlines Center.
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SCIENCE
April 18, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicide, new research shows. The immediate ill effects of bullying have been well documented, with experts increasingly seeing it as a form of child abuse . Influential studies from Finland have made the case that people who were bullied as kids continued to suffer as young adults - girls who were bullied grew up to attempt and commit suicide more frequently by the age of 25, for instance, and boys were more likely to develop anxiety disorders.
SCIENCE
April 18, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullies suffer the psychological consequences all the way until middle age, with higher levels of depression, anxiety and suicide, new research shows. The immediate ill effects of bullying have been well documented, with experts increasingly seeing it as a form of child abuse . Influential studies from Finland have made the case that people who were bullied as kids continued to suffer as young adults - girls who were bullied grew up to attempt and commit suicide more frequently by the age of 25, for instance, and boys were more likely to develop anxiety disorders.
NEWS
June 19, 2013 | By Mary MacVean
Has anyone with a sibling not been in the back seat of a car, someone hitting someone and parents threatening to pull over “right this minute”? Just seems like part of growing up, right? Well some researchers say not necessarily. Parents, doctors and schools should not dismiss sibling bullying, they said. Sibling aggression can be as damaging as other sorts of bullying, and it can be linked to poorer mental health, according to a study published this week in the journal Pediatrics.
SCIENCE
March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2001
Re "District Adopts Anti-Bullying Policy," March 15: If this is to succeed, the faculty will have to give up their godlike aloofness, get down in the trenches with the kids and see for themselves what is going on. The kids will resent this, but so what? If a victim reports a bully, the only way to protect him from retaliation is to provide an around-the-clock bodyguard or send him out of town; otherwise, his tormentor will get to him sooner or later. The adults should get involved in everything the students do, not just in the classroom.
BUSINESS
August 20, 2013 | By Jessica Guynn and Janet Stobart
SAN FRANCISCO - On Ask.fm, millions of American teens talk about their hookups, struggles to get good grades and wild weekend parties with no parents or adults to peer over their shoulders. Some also use the social network to anonymously torment other teens. With its popularity soaring in middle schools and high schools across the U.S., Ask.fm is coming under attack from parents, politicians and privacy watchdog groups. It has been linked to the suicides of four teens in Britain and Ireland and one in the United States.
SPORTS
November 5, 2013 | By Sam Farmer
The bullying allegations against Miami Dolphins guard Richie Incognito potentially raise a troubling inconsistency for the franchise. Incognito came to the team with a checkered past -- including getting kicked off the Nebraska and Oregon football teams -- so did the Dolphins devote sufficient resources to watching him? That he was a member of the team's leadership council, and last season was given the Good Guy award by the beat writers who cover the team, underscore the conflicting feelings within the building about Incognito, who is accused of threatening and harassing fellow offensive lineman Jonathan Martin.
SCIENCE
January 13, 2014 | By Karen Kaplan
What do pediatricians call a coach who screams at his players, blames kids for prompting his outbursts and says his methods are justified because the team wins games? A bully. A more typical picture of a bully is a big kid intimidating a smaller one on a playground. But it's not age that defines a bully; it's power. “Nothing in the definition requires a peer-to-peer relationship, only one individual with perceived power over another,” experts write in an article published Monday in the journal Pediatrics . “The coach-athlete relationship involves an inherent imbalance of power.” Bullying is more than an annoyance.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Richard Simon
MONROEVILLE, Pa. -- The attorney for the 16-year-old suspect in a high school stabbing rampage discounted bullying as a motive, saying Thursday that Alex Hribal had endured some teasing from classmates but nothing "overbearing" that would equate to bullying. After meeting with Alex Hribal for several hours at a juvenile jail, attorney Patrick Thomassey said the motivation for Wednesday's mayhem  at Franklin Regional Senior High School in Murrysville remained a “mystery” to him and the boy's parents because Hribal doesn't have any history of mental illness or violent behavior.
NATIONAL
April 10, 2014 | By Alana Semuels, Richard Simon and Tina Susman
MURRYSVILLE, Pa. - A teenager charged in a high school stabbing rampage "just doesn't fit the mold" of someone who could be harboring such rage, his lawyer said Thursday as the boy's classmates fought to recover from life-threatening wounds and thanked the friends who came to their aid. At a hospital news conference, one of the wounded, Brett Hurt, summed up the actions of his friend Gracey Evans, who was with him Wednesday as the assailant plunged...
NEWS
April 7, 2014 | By Charlotte Allen, guest blogger
Hey, gay rights activists: Why are you doing your best to make everyone hate you? I'm talking about the forced resignation of Mozilla Corp. CEO Brendan Eich . Because six years ago as a private citizen -- I repeat, six years ago as a private citizen -- he contributed $1,000 -- I repeat, $1,000 -- to the campaign for Proposition 8 , the approved ballot measure that changed the California Constitution to say that marriage between a man and a woman would be the only kind of marriage that the state would recognize as legal.
SCIENCE
April 2, 2014 | By Mary MacVean
Only the prom king and queen are safe. Researchers say that the more popular teens are - except for those at the very apex of the fragile high school hierarchy - the more likely they are to be bullied, perhaps a surprise to people who presumed outcasts were the exclusive targets. Researchers Robert Faris of UC Davis and Diane Felmlee of Penn State University write that traditional, everyday views of bullying - reported by nearly a fifth of teens - tell less than the whole story.
NATIONAL
March 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two teenage girls in Maryland allegedly held a knife to the throat of an autistic 16-year-old boy and forced him to perform various sex acts as part of two months of bullying, authorities said. Lauren Ashley Bush, 17, has been charged as an adult in St. Mary's County in southern Maryland with two counts of first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, false imprisonment and child pornography solicitation. A 15-year-old girl is facing the same allegations in juvenile court.
SCIENCE
March 10, 2014 | Karen Kaplan
Victims of bullying were more than twice as likely as other kids to contemplate suicide and about 2.5 times as likely to try to kill themselves, according to a new study that quantifies the emotional effects of being teased, harassed, beaten up or otherwise harmed by one's peers. Children and teens who were taunted by cyberbullies were especially vulnerable -- they were about three times as likely than other kids to have suicidal thoughts, the study found. The findings, published online Monday by the journal JAMA Pediatrics, puts the lie to the old adage about sticks and stones.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 21, 2013 | Sandy Banks
It seems to happen often enough that we're no longer shocked to hear it: A teenager commits suicide after being bullied online by peers. But the recent death in Florida of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick and arrest of two of her former middle school classmates makes it clear that victims are getting younger and bullies more brazen online. Two girls, 12 and 14, have been charged with felony aggravated stalking based on evidence of a year of online taunts and threats. Sheriff's deputies confiscated the cellphones and laptops of more than a dozen girls accused of bullying Rebecca and found messages such as "You should die. " This may be the first time children have been accused of a crime in connection with suicide.
NATIONAL
October 17, 2013 | By Ralph Vartabedian
Grady Judd, the sheriff of  Polk County, Fla., said Thursday that he is continuing his investigation of bullying and stalking that led to the suicide of 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, but defended this week's arrests of two minors, saying he had to move quickly because they continued to post abusive messages about the girl even after her death. Judd's department arrested two girls, ages 12 and 14, on felony aggravated stalking charges Monday, attracting national attention for one of the strongest law enforcement responses in history to bullying and stalking among minors.
SPORTS
March 6, 2014 | By Sam Farmer
Kevin O'Neill, the longtime Miami Dolphins trainer fired in the wake of the team's bullying scandal, is firing back at the franchise through his lawyer. Attorney Jack Scarola issued a statement Thursday on behalf of O'Neill, who in the recently released report of investigator Ted Wells is accused of laughing at inappropriate jokes aimed at offensive tackle Jonathan Martin and an unnamed assistant trainer. O'Neill accompanied Dolphins executives, coaches and scouts to last month's scouting combine in Indianapolis, but was fired on the eve of the annual event.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 23, 2014 | By Phil Willon
Cedarville, Calif. - Cherie Lash Rhoades' temper was well known among the many small Indian tribes settled in Modoc County, tribal members say. One man said he started avoiding Rhoades after witnessing an outburst years ago when the two served on a committee for a Native American healthcare clinic. "Something didn't go her way, so she picked up the corner of the table and threw it," said Sonny Craig, a member of the Pit River tribe just outside Alturas. Even within her tiny Cedarville Rancheria tribe, Rhoades could be confrontational, a member of the tribe said.
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