Bullying Report

10-28-10: Arkansas school official on “wear purple” day: he’d wear purple if “they all commit suicide”

A member of a northern Arkansas school board, commenting on a campaign to get people to wear purple to show support for bullied gay and lesbian youth, purportedly posted on Facebook that the only way he would wear purple is “if they all commit suicide.”

The Arkansas Department of Education on Wednesday condemned the alleged posting by Midland School Board member Clint McCance and the Arkansas Times reported that protesters will gather tomorrow to call for McCance ouster. Read more

Edited to add: Here is the complete alleged quote from the Facebook page. In addition to his hateful words, his atrocities against the English language also warrant his resignation:

“Seriously they want me to wear purple because five queers killed themselves,” the posting reads. “The only way im wearin it for them is if they all commit suicide. I cant believe the people of this world have gotten this stupid. We are honoring the fact that they sinned and killed thereselves because of their sin.” Read more

According to reports, six people had given a thumbs-up “like” to McCance’s post. One challenged him, and he responded with:

“Being a f-g doesn’t give you the right to ruin the rest of our lives. If you get easily offended by being called a f-g then dont tell anyone you are a f-g. Keep that s— to yourself. I dont care how people decide to live their lives. They dont bother me if they keep it to thereselves. It pisses me off though that we make a special purple f-g day for them. I like that f-gs cant procreate. I also enjoy the fact that they often give each other aids and die.


10-21-10: Bullied gay teen takes his own life hours after being attacked by five other high-school students (Beverly Hills, CA)

Terrel Williams, a 17-year-old native of Beverly Hills, CA, took his life on October 13, just hours after being attacked by five other high school students, and pushed and thrown into a brick wall at Clover Park High School in Lakewood, WA.

Terrel’s mother, Cheryl Williams, found her son in their Lakewood home — he had hanged himself in his bedroom closet. Read more

This Saturday would have been Terrel’s 18th birthday.


10-20-10: New study indicates that one in six children is regularly bullied

A new survey from Clemson University researchers of the responses of 524,052 children from 1,593 schools has found that 17% of respondents report having been bullied two to three times a month or more. Within this group, almost half say the bullying has persisted for a year or more. The researchers also found that even though bullying does decrease as students get older, those who are bullied in high school were the ones bullied most mercilessly at a younger age.

Some disturbing findings from the study:

  • Children are more comfortable with bullying as they get older, with older children expressing a willingness to bully at far higher rates than younger children.
  • Many of the bullied children feel that there is no recourse for them, no system for them to turn to for protection.
  • According to the responses, much of the bullying occurs in the classroom, with the teacher present.

Oddly enough, with all the late focus on cyberbullying, it was the least prevalent form of bullying, according to the survey responses.


10-19-20: Pacer Center calls for tomorrow, October 20, to be “A Day We Unite Against Bullying”

According to Julie Hertzog, director of PACER’s National Center for Bullying Prevention, “There are 160,000 children staying home from school each day for fear of bullying.” She adds, that by people across the country working together, “we can make a difference.”

PACER is encouraging everyone to unite against bullying in their communities:

“With their parents’ permission, elementary school students can write The End of Bullying Begins With Me’ on their hands, notebooks or T-shirts. Middle and high school students can tweet, text and post about bullying prevention, along with signing The End of Bullying Begins With Me’ petition online at PACER.org/bullying. Read more


10-18-10: Colorado GOP Senate candidate says being gay is a choice, compares it to alcoholism


During a debate on ‘Meet the Press’ Sunday, Colorado Republican Senate candidate Ken Buck said he believes that being gay is a choice but that, “like alcoholism,” there are also biological factors that contribute to homosexuality. Read more and watch video…

Asked by host David Gregory if he thinks being gay is a choice, Buck replied, “I do.”


10-8-10: 10-year-old girl who hanged herself may have done so because of bullying

In Boston: Police investigating the death of a ten-year-old girl found hanging by a scarf in her closet think she might have been the victim of bullying.

School chiefs in Boston were working with officers to try and discover exactly why a fourth grader would choose to take her own life. Read more


10-7-10: Via CNN–Teen committed suicide because of bullying; her name was Hope (video)

Hope “sexted” a picture of her breasts to her boyfriend. Another girl sent it to people at six other schools, and the photo went viral. People at schools abused her verbally, calling her “skank” and “whore.” Anonymous bullies created a “Hope Hater” page on MySpace to taunt her. People tried to physically assault her in the halls, and friends formed a “human shield” around her. She feared to walk the halls alone.

10-7-10: U.S. Department of Education awards anti-bullying grants

From the Bay Area Reporter:

The U.S. Department of Education announced Tuesday the awarding of $38.8 million in grants to 11 states from a new Safe and Supportive School program. The timing comes just days after a media blitz about the suicides of five teenagers, at least four of whom were bullied for being gay or being perceived as gay, and one whose privacy was allegedly invaded. But anybody who knows Washington knows Tuesday’s grants weren’t made in reaction to the recent news.

“It would be inaccurate to say we’re doing this as a response to recent events,” said Kevin Jennings, assistant deputy secretary for the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS) at the Department of Education.

Jennings, who is openly gay, is the nation’s top official for promoting safe schools. He said the latest string of teen suicides driven by anti-gay bullying is, sadly, not a new trend. Read more


10-6-10: LaPorte, TX–Autistic boy’s parents say district not doing enough to protect their bullied teen

From ABC13 News:

La Porte High School student Cody Lane, 18, suffers from autism. That’s why his parents believe he’s being picked on. With only months to go to grauduation, they worry their son’s future is up in the air.

With an obvious black eye and several bumps still on his head, Cody shudders to think about ever returning to school. Read more….

10-6-10: OHIO–Bullies break male cheerleader’s arm

From Fox8 News: A Glenwood Middle School student says his arm was broken by two classmates who were bullying him because he’s a cheerleader.

Tyler Wilson, 11, wanted to be a cheerleader because he likes to jump and tumble. “I was kinda nervous cause I didn’t know anything,” said Tyler. “I didn’t want to feel… well, because I’m a boy and stuff.”

Tyler joined the Findlay Steelers this fall. The city youth football program is unaffiliated with his school, but it was at school where Tyler says he was endlessly bullied by some players from another team. “They were saying that I was a sissy and a queer and stuff like that,” said Tyler.

After school on August 31st, Tyler says he was walking home and was repeatedly called names, hit and even knocked down by two students who also broke his arm. Read more


10-5-10: Parent accuses gym teacher of taping autistic child’s mouth shut; police rep calls it “just an alleged incident”

A Mishawaka mother claims her autistic son had his mouth duct-taped shut by a physical education teacher last week.

The School City of Mishawaka is now investigating. Read more

10-5-10: Bullying victim: “I believed that I did not deserve to live”

…The Pennsylvania native said his decision to come out to classmates not only evoked a firestorm of vicious taunts but also led to a threat on his life.

“There was a point where a kid had a knife on school premises and said, ‘I’m going to kill him. I want that faggot dead.’ And I had to transfer schools,” Joey said. Read more….


10-04-10: Girl with cerebral palsy who was mercilessly bullied on the bus tells her story: They “spit in my hair”

Chatari Jones, the daughter of the man accused of threatening students on a Seminole County school bus, opened up on national television this morning about her bullying ordeal. Read more


10-03-10: Requiem for a small-town boy: Seth Walsh

Eleven-year-old Shawn Walsh paid a poignant tribute to the brother, just two years older, that he had lost. Read more

10-03-10: Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District to be investigated

Harris County, near Houston, Texas

From AP: Prosecutors said Friday they will look into what led to the suicide of a 13-year-old Houston boy whose parents say was relentlessly bullied at his middle school for two years because of his religion and sexual orientation. Read more


1 Response to Bullying Report

  1. OMFG says:

    I would wave kick that bully in his ass so hard; that he would have “Cerebral palsy” when I was finished with him.

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