LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Jefferson County Public Schools is holding the district's first Bullying and Suicide Prevention Summit.
The district says in a statement that Thursday's summit is an...
Students knit for anti-bullying campaign
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — After Louis Boria heard about the student knitters of Hartford, he came to Connecticut with a message — and a challenge.
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) — The Latest on Melania Trump's three-state tour to promote "Be Best" (all times local):
A Microsoft Corp. employee showed Melania Trump how he uses...
State Senate approves school transgender anti-bullying bill
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Senate has passed an anti-bullying measure that would require policies intended to protect transgender students in public schools.
Settlement reached in lawsuit over girl’s bullying suicide
HALLSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A mother whose 13-year-old daughter committed suicide has reached a settlement with the Missouri school district the girl attended.
Jonesboro karate studio helps students curb fear of bullying
JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) — Logan Lee says one of the reasons parents sign up their children for karate is because of issues the children have with bullying.
Lee runs Lee's Karate in Jonesboro.
"We had a lady sign up last night for that exact purpose," he said to The Jonesboro Sun.
Lee said the reasons why children join the class vary from issues at home to trouble at school.
Vigil planned for 11-year-old girl who killed herself
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Parents at a Connecticut elementary school have planned a vigil for an 11-year-old girl who killed herself, allegedly because she was bullied.
The vigil planned for Friday evening in front of Cheshire's First Congregational Church comes more than a month after Anjelita Estrada, who was a sixth-grade student at Doolittle Elementary School in Cheshire, killed herself on Dec. 23.
Milwaukee teacher uses ‘mirror messages’ to combat bullying
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Twelve-year-old Jerri Dawson said she's used to being bullied. While middle school students are known for being mean to each other, Jerri said the bullying took a turn for the worse during the weeks leading up to winter break.
Kentucky mother urges school to do more after son kills self
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky mother reeling from her 10-year-old son's death says Louisville's school district must do more to prevent bullying.
Tami Charles is a local comedian and radio host. She says her fifth-grader, Seven Bridges, killed himself on Saturday.
Chilean transgender school protects children from bullying
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Growing up as a transgender child in Chile, Angela was so desperate to escape the physical and verbal abuse from other students at her elementary school that she thought about taking her own life.
"I just wanted to die," said the now 16-year-old. "I didn't want to exist, because what they did to me made me feel awful."
Police: Bullying reported to officials before girl’s suicide
CHESHIRE, Conn. (AP) — Authorities in Connecticut say school officials were told weeks before an 11-year-old girl killed herself that she was being bullied.
Anjelita Estrada's death two days before Christmas was ruled a suicide. The sixth-grader began attending Doolittle Elementary School in Cheshire in September after moving from New Mexico.
Residents detail racist bullying in school district to board
SOUTHINGTON, Conn. (AP) — Members of a Connecticut school board say there is more work to be done amid complaints of racist bullying throughout the school system.
A group of Southington residents, many of them minorities, said during a Board of Education meeting last week that children of color have been subjected to racism from white classmates for years.
Principal suspended after bullying concerns raised quits job
AMES, Iowa (AP) — A central Iowa school principal suspended after concerns were raised about student-to-student bullying has resigned.
Ames Community School District says Dan Fox will not return to his duties at Ames Middle School and will leave district employment effective June 30.
After being bullied, boy named Trump gets some encouragement
CLAYMONT, Del. (AP) — An anti-bullying organization is offering some encouragement to a middle-school student who has been teased because his last name is Trump.
The News Journal reports that Pennsylvania-based national nonprofit Teach Anti Bullying awarded Joshua Trump the Teach Anti Bullying Medal of Courage at a ceremony in his Delaware home Saturday.
Louisiana fourth-grader writes, publishes anti-bullying book
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Marcayah Carter was teased last school year when she started wearing glasses. Even though she could see better and she picked mint green frames — her favorite color — they laughed.
But look who's laughing now.
The confident Dorseyville Elementary School student, now a fourth-grader, was quick to brush off the comments, but she recognized that other kids get picked on and sometimes that makes them cry, or they respond by getting mad, which gets them in trouble.
First lady spreads anti-bullying message at kids’ hospital
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump spread her anti-bullying message on an annual Christmas season visit to a Washington children's hospital on Thursday, reading a story about a Christmas ornament named Oliver who is bullied by other ornaments in a family's collection.
"Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year," the first lady said after she finished reading "Oliver the Ornament" at Children's National Health System. The author, Todd Zimmerman, sat a few feet away.
Concerns about bullying lead district to suspend principal
AMES, Iowa (AP) — Concerns about student-to-student bullying have led the Ames school district to suspend its middle school principal.
District spokesman Eric Smidt says the decision to move out principal Dan Fox wasn't based off just one incident but rather was an effort to improve Ames Middle School.
Jets’ Harrison overcame years of bullying to achieve dreams
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Jonotthan Harrison has not forgotten a single punch or kick, the brutal pushing and shoving, the sudden tackles to the ground with his classmates piling on top of him.
There was also the constant and flat-out mean name calling. And all the laughing. So much laughing — at his expense.
The New York Jets center endured years of bullying while growing up in central Florida, but refused to let those painful moments stop him from achieving his goals.
‘Give me candy!’ Viral video leads to NYC bullying suspect
NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say they've arrested a 16-year-old boy suspected of violently bullying a 9-year-old boy at a Brooklyn public housing complex.
NYPD Chief of Detectives Dermot Shea tweeted Thursday that "the child is now safe and the subject has been apprehended."
A video that went viral showed the bully punching the young boy in the face and slamming his victim's head into a wall as he screams "Give me candy!"
Superintendent: Relationships key to keeping students safe
GEORGE, Iowa (AP) — A small school district in northwest Iowa is championing a low-cost approach to stemming student violence, bullying and disconnection — through relationships.
The seemingly simple approach has stopped a possible school attack in Wisconsin, John Eyerly said.
Students reported a teen making threats where Eyerly used to work. The police investigated and found it credible; the would-be perpetrator had access to a gun, he said.
Natrona schools getting outside review after bullying, fight
CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Natrona County school officials have appointed an attorney to review their handling of a bullying incident on a school bus and a fight that occurred later.
Group urges schools to update anti-bullying policies
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A nonprofit refugee support group in Utah is asking school districts to update their anti-bullying policies to add protections for students targeted for religious beliefs, citing the example of a young girl who had her hijab pulled off during recess.
Melania Trump OK with criticism over anti-bullying campaign
WASHINGTON (AP) — Melania Trump says she's OK with the criticism and ridicule she has received for tackling online bullying and remains committed to the issue because "it will provide a better world for our children."
The first lady told attendees Thursday at an annual online safety conference to consider using "negative words" directed at them as motivation to help encourage responsible behavior online.
First Lady OK with jeers over anti-bullying stance
Lawsuit alleges girl was bullied at school before her death
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The parents of an 11-year-old Ohio girl who killed herself allege in a federal lawsuit against her school district that she was bullied for years because of her appearance and gender and that school officials didn't do enough to address it.
School officials, lawmakers, meet for anti-bullying workshop
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — School officials, lawmakers, advocates, and students, have joined Gov. Chris Sununu to start work on a plan to address all forums of bullying in New Hampshire's schools, in person or online.
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Colorado’s Safe2Tell program sees surge of suicide reports
DENVER (AP) — Colorado's program for parents, students and teachers to report potential school threats or violence has seen a substantial increase in reports related to suicide, surpassing bullying as the leading reason students contact the program.
Hawaii education officials propose stricter bullying policy
HONOLULU (AP) — The Hawaii Department of Education is proposing changes to its misconduct and discipline policy, creating a new offense of sexual harassment and increasing the offense classification of bullying.
The state Board of Education voted unanimously last week to send the proposed revisions out for public hearings.
Arkansas school cancels football season on bullying concerns
NEWARK, Ark. (AP) — A high school in northeast Arkansas has canceled the remainder of its varsity football season after players quit the team following a meeting about bullying and unsportsmanlike behavior.
Jennifer Seaman, a spokeswoman for Cedar Ridge High School in Newark, said in a statement Friday that district administrators decided to cancel the season because of safety concerns from a lack of players.
Poll: Young Americans say online bullying a serious problem
WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Teens and young adults say cyberbullying is a serious problem for people their age, but most don't think they'll be the ones targeted for digital abuse.
That's according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research and MTV, which also finds that about half of both young people and their parents view social media as having a mostly negative effect on the younger generation.
Lawsuit blaming schools for bullying, suicide can proceed
CINCINNATI (AP) — A wrongful death lawsuit accusing an Ohio school district of denying and covering up bullying of an 8-year-old boy who killed himself will be allowed to proceed.
A federal judge on Monday denied Cincinnati Public Schools' request to dismiss the lawsuit filed by Gabriel Taye's parents who say he killed himself after being bullied at school.
Hawaii education board reviews stronger anti-bullying rules
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii Board of Education members have decided that the proposed harsher regulations against bullying and harassment in public schools need more work before a public hearing.
Lewinsky storms offstage after ‘off limits’ Clinton question
JERUSALEM (AP) — Monica Lewinsky said Tuesday that she stormed offstage at a Jerusalem speaking event because of an interviewer's "off limits" question about former President Bill Clinton.
The former White House intern turned anti-bullying activist tweeted that there were agreed-upon parameters regarding the topics of her televised conversation Monday night with a well-known Israeli news anchor, following a conference speech she gave about the perils of the internet.
Lawsuit: Hawaii schools allowed bullying, violence
HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii's public school administrators have systematically failed to protect students from bullying and harassment, leading to violent attacks, according to a class-action lawsuit.
Mother of bullied teen sues over daughter’s suicide
HALLSVILLE, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri woman alleges in a wrongful death lawsuit that her 13-year-old daughter killed herself after years of unchecked school bullying.
CHISAGO LAKES, Minn. (AP) — A Muslim advocacy group says it welcomes the Minnesota Department of Education's decision to investigate a school district's anti-bullying policy after a student's suicide earlier this year.
The Council on American-Islamic Relations requested the investigation after 15-year-old Jacob LeTourneau-Elsharkawy killed himself .
Bus drivers to lead bullying prevention program
FREDERICKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Even though their backs are facing the students, school bus drivers are aware of almost everything that happens on their buses.
And they know which kids are being bullied.
"We see everything. We see the ones who come in crying or who cower down in their seats. Or who lash out," said Dawn Hawkins, a bus driver for Caroline County Public Schools.
NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — The family of a 14-year-old Connecticut boy they say was bullied at school has filed a federal complaint against the Norwich school system.
The U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights confirmed Monday it had opened an investigation into "possible disability-based discrimination."
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The parents of a 12-year-old girl who took her own life are suing a northern New Jersey school district, saying officials failed to protect their daughter from bullying.
The family of Mallory Grossman filed their wrongful death lawsuit against the Rockaway Township School District and school administrators June 19.
According to the suit, their daughter was bullied "relentlessly" by fellow students and received messages saying, "why don't you kill yourself?"
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Online bullying has just cost Iran one of its top players.
Forward Sardar Azmoun said Thursday that he's retiring from the national team. The 23-year-old Azmoun was the target of numerous attacks on social media after failing to score in any of Iran's three group matches at the World Cup.
He was sent obscene messages and mocked for his perceived lack of impact.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Two African-American students who say they were subjected to repeated racial bullying at their rural Nevada high school have won a settlement in a federal discrimination lawsuit against the school district and the city of Yerington.
U.S. District Court Judge Larry Hicks sealed details of the settlement he approved in Reno on Monday.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The younger brother of the Florida school shooting suspect launched an anti-bullying campaign Thursday, saying he witnessed mistreatment of Nikolas Cruz that may have been a key factor in the Feb. 14 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
WASHINGTON (AP) — University of Michigan policies prohibiting harassment and bullying on campus are unconstitutional and cannot be enforced, the Justice Department said Monday in siding with a free-speech group that has challenged the school in court.
PLAISTOW, N.H. (AP) — A fifth-grade student in New Hampshire who wants to stop bullying has told her school board that she's been threatened to get shot in the head with an AK-47 assault rifle and buried in her backyard.
Delanie Marcotte, of Pollard Elementary School in Plaistow, said she's a victim of bullying. She read a letter before the board last week saying her parents contacted the school about it, but it continues.
ANSONIA, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut city's board of education is warning its schools may have to close nearly two weeks early, saying it does not have the cash to meet payroll because of city budget cuts.
Ansonia Mayor David Cassetti said Tuesday the threat to close schools is a bullying tactic and the district has all the resources it needs to continue operating in this city of 20,000 people outside New Haven.
"I'm staying the course," Cassetti, a Republican, said in an interview.
Report: Smoking, bullying down in Vermont youth
RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont health officials' report says rates of tobacco use and bullying continue to decrease for teens in the state.
The Rutland Herald reports the 2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey Report released Thursday provides information on trends that affect high school and middle school students. The survey is part of a national study conducted every two years.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A school district in Alabama is investigating after a video surfaced that reportedly shows a Jefferson Davis High School teacher making fun of a student.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota mother says her 15-year-old son killed himself after months of being bullied and assaulted, and that school staff didn't do enough to support the boy, who had mental health issues and learning disabilities.