CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 7, 2008 |
Gizelle Studevent was a 13-year-old eighth-grader at prestigious La Jolla Country Day School when the harassment began. She returned from a basketball tournament to find an unsigned note in her suitcase: Addressed to "Senorita," it mocked the girl's skills on the court and suggested she go home to Mexico. Over more than two years, an anonymous band of bullies tormented Gizelle. Their acts grew increasingly cruel -- on the Internet, in notes and around school. Finally, she transferred.
December 21, 2008 |
A 21-year-old woman accused of sending a vulgar text message to a 17-year-old girl is one of the first cases brought under a Missouri law against cyber-bullying that was inspired by the suicide of a teenage girl. The 2006 death of 13-year-old Megan Meier after she received cruel Internet messages prompted state lawmakers to update the harassment law this year so that it covers bullying and stalking through electronic media, such as e-mails and text messages.
November 3, 2009 |
Women faced their share of trouble at the Tower of London, including three queens who were beheaded there. But treachery has long been considered a thing of the past at the notorious 11th century fortress. At least until now. If new charges are true, the Tower will add bullying to the list of foul deeds committed there. The victim: Moira Cameron, the first woman selected to join the all-male ranks of the Tower's yeoman warders, known as "Beefeaters." Tower officials acknowledged that she had apparently been subjected to a campaign of bullying and harassment by some male colleagues.
April 11, 2005 |
The more television 4-year-old children watch the more likely they are to become bullies later on in school, researchers have found. At the same time, children whose parents read to them, take them on outings and just generally pay attention to them are less likely to become bullies, said the report from the University of Washington.
October 24, 1992
In his review of the concert to salute Bob Dylan ("Legacy Lost at Tribute to Dylan," Oct. 19), Robert Hilburn contradicts himself when he criticizes the other musicians on the show for not defending Sinead O'Connor's right to be heard after she was booed off the stage, presumably because she tore up a photo of the Pope during an appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Hilburn writes: "The surprise--in the context of a night designed to pay tribute to the man who had made rock a forum for ideas and debate--is that the rest of the musicians in the show let the crowd get away with silencing her . . . no one following her to the stage defended O'Connor's right to be heard or chastised the audience for its bullying tactics."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 14, 2001 |
I sympathize with high school principals. They can catch flak from a number of different directions, and all before lunch. They must handle a stable of teachers, with their range of temperaments and personalities. Then, they've got parents, who seldom contact the school except to complain. Then, they've got school boards setting policies with which they may or may not agree.
April 7, 1993 |
Seven-year-old Gaku Fujimoto suffered 18 months of bullying and brutality in silence, the eyesight in his left eye eventually failing from the repeated pummeling. Nightmares tormented him. He hinted at suicide. The Kobe boy wrote anguished diary entries, including one in which he implored: "Please look at the many injuries on my hands and feet. Teacher, please help me quickly. I will be safe every day if I die."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 13, 2009 |
One morning in May 2008, an eighth-grader walked into Janice Hart's office at a Beverly Hills school crying. She was upset and humiliated and couldn't possibly go to class, the girl told the counselor. The night before, a classmate had posted a video on YouTube with a group of other eighth-graders bad-mouthing her, calling her "spoiled," a "brat" and a "slut." Text and instant messages had been flying since. Half the class must have seen it by now, she told Hart. Hart took the problem to the vice principal and principal, who took it to a district administrator, who asked the district's lawyers what they could do about it. In the end, citing "cyber-bullying" concerns, school officials suspended the girl who posted the video for two days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 15, 2001 |
The Newport-Mesa school board has adopted an anti-bullying policy, one it hopes will prevent school violence of the kind that rocked Santana High School in San Diego County last week. Now officials in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District must determine how to enact the policy so youngsters can feel safe without parents and students fearing that their rights will be violated.
April 16, 2001
I want to thank Rosie Mestel and Martha Groves for their article "When Push Comes to Shove" (April 3) about Norway's program to combat bullying in its schools. I was bullied incessantly throughout most of my childhood. The experience not only was very painful, but also ruined my self-esteem. It took years of therapy to put this experience behind me and allow me to live a happy life. Adults just excuse this behavior as "part of growing up" or by saying that this will somehow better prepare us for adult life; this is sheer hogwash, and I have the scars to prove it. It has taken tragic and violent incidents in our schools to finally force us to face this issue.