September 12, 2013 |
The police found her at an abandoned cement plant at 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday. They were too late. There were a few different ledges at the plant from which 12-year-old Rebecca Ann Sedwick, of Lakeland, Fla., could have jumped. One ledge reached up about 19 feet; another, about 24 feet; a third offered a 60-foot plunge to the ground. In the end, the ledge she may have chosen does not matter, officials said: Rebecca had almost certainly jumped to her death, chased to that abandoned lot by a vicious, relentless cloud of cyberbullying that had followed her out of one school already and never let her go. “We can see from what we've investigated so far that Rebecca wasn't attacking back," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told reporters Thursday.
August 30, 2013 |
As children return to school this fall, parents likewise return to worrying about ailments, both physical and emotional, that might befall their children on their way to - and in - the classroom. Whether it's bullying or head lice, thinking about what could go wrong can be overwhelming. But not all school-related issues are created equal. In order to maintain their own sanity and the sanity of their kids, parents should try to think objectively about what issues truly warrant their attention.
August 20, 2013 |
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.
August 19, 2013 |
Bullying doesn't end in the school yard, but casts a shadow across adulthood, when victims are far more likely to have emotional, behavioral, financial and health problems, a new study suggests. Those who were both victim and perpetrator as schoolchildren fared the worst as adults: they were more than six times more likely to be diagnosed with a serious illness or psychiatric disorder, and to smoke regularly, according to the study published Monday in the journal Psychological Science.
August 15, 2013 |
You can't seemingly find a more insider composer than David Del Tredici, whose “Bullycide” was commissioned by La Jolla Music Society's SummerFest and will have its premiere Friday night in Sherwood Auditorium of the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego. He's won a Pulitzer Prize and been composer-in-residence of the New York Philharmonic. He's on the faculty of City College of New York and is a member of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He has been, in his music, obsessed with “Alice in Wonderland.” “Paul Revere” has been a subject of interest.
August 15, 2013 |
Scrubbed clean and sanded around the edges, "Standing Up" is a sanitized version of Brock Cole's '80s young adult novel "The Goats. " It's a curious entry in director D.J. Caruso's filmography, a benign kids movie in a career that launched with the edgy crime drama "The Salton Sea" more than a decade ago and has grown increasingly more accessible in the years since. Perhaps it's meant to be a work his kids can watch, but it's unclear who this blandly titled drama is aimed at - devoid as it is of humor or any real hazard and lacking the provocative undertones of its source material.
July 17, 2013 |
WNBA star Brittney Griner remembers a day in seventh grade as if it were yesterday. Class had just let out and the hallway was flooded with students. As Griner made her way through the crowd, a boy stopped her. "You're a dude," he said. "I just stood there and took it. I was humiliated. The whole school was laughing at me," Griner recalled. In college at Baylor, Griner was a phenomenon on the court. She finished as the NCAA's second-leading women's scorer of all time and created a buzz with her dunks and athleticism, twice winning player-of-the-year awards.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 |
Attorneys representing a group of Miramonte students and parents responded aggressively to renewed pressure on their clients to settle abuse claims filed with the Los Angeles Unified School District. They accused the nation's second-largest school system of bullying tactics. They also asserted L.A. Unified continues to put students at risk by failing to act on recommendations they first put forward in September. L.A. Unified "uses fear and intimidation to quiet and silence victims,” said attorney Brian Claypool.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 26, 2013 |
In the wee hours Wednesday, someone stole onto Wendy Davis's Wikipedia page and changed her occupation from “attorney” to “The LeBron James of filibustering.” In what seemed like an Internet instant, the 50-year-old onetime teen mother and Harvard Law School graduate went from obscure Texas legislator to American feminist sensation. The hashtag #StandWithWendy trended on Twitter. The Democratic Texas state senator took the floor of her chamber for 11 hours to filibuster against yet another tiresome conservative effort to turn back the clock on women's reproductive rights.
June 25, 2013 |
Chris Brown is fighting back after Los Angeles city prosecutors charged the R&B singer with driving without a valid license and hit-and-run on Tuesday. In May the singer allegedly rear-ended another vehicle and allegedly failed to exchange information with the other driver. Prosecutors also say he did not produce a driver's license and left the scene without providing proof of insurance. With any salacious headline related to the embattled R&B singer the news quickly heated up the blogsphere and Twitter, which is where he went to defend himself against “bullying” and vented his frustration at the woman involved in the incident.