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Jan 14 12 10:12 PM
Seven students who are accused of beating a 13-year-old girl unconscious on her first day riding the school bus are being kept under house arrest and are facing criminal charges and expulsion, according to authorities.
The Marion County, Fla., students face felony battery and disorderly conduct charges for the Friday morning melee in which the girl suffered a concussion, severe bruising and muscle spasms. A judge in Marion County ordered the students to home confinement on Saturday.
According to police reports, the fight broke out when the girl was told by other students she could not sit on the bus and a student threw a shoe at her. The girl threw the shoe back, reportedly hitting one student, and at least seven students responded by attacking her, police reports state.
According to testimony by one of the alleged attackers, a boy asked the group of students who would like to punch the girl first, and another suggested they all form a circle around the girl. The students then began punching and kicking her. One girl admitted to punching the victim 10 to 15 times.
The bus driver saw the fight and pulled the bus over, temporarily stopping the fighting, according to Marion County School District spokesman Kevin Christian. But when he began driving again, the students once again began attacking the victim.
The driver, unable to break up the fight, continued onto Liberty Middle School, where he contacted administrators and police for assistance, Christian said. The driver and school administrators all followed district policy and training guidelines on how to handle the situation, Christian said.
The alleged attackers, ages 12 through 14, will remain out of school until the school administration conducts its own investigation into the events and the school board makes a decision about their status, Christian said. Students who are typically caught fighting and are arrested are transferred to another school within the district, though in rare cases students can be expelled completely, he said.
Christian defended the school's handling of the incident, saying that the policies it has in place to deal with criminal behavior work.
"What we've got works. The fact that the seven students were arrested shows clearly it works. We won't put up with it. It's an outrage that seven kids would attack one kid regardless of situation," he said.
Christian noted that the school does have anti-bullying programs, including having student's sign a non-violence pledge.
Police would not say whether the girl was released from the hospital.http://abcnews.go.com/US/...arrest/story?id=15321760
Jun 16 12 9:52 AM
Rich says she reported the incidents to the bus driver and school officials. When they didn't take action, she stepped in and confronted the bullies; but instead of being praised for her efforts, Rich ended up being labeled as a bully, and her bus-riding privileges were revoked. A spokesperson for the school district said, "Two wrongs don't make a right" and that the girl with special needs never complained about being bullied.
Stormy's mother, Brenda, told The Daily Commercial, "My daughter was punished incorrectly. Stormy was standing up for a child with emotionally challenged disabilities that should not have been bullied. The district's policy clearly states that anybody in good faith files a report on bullying will not face any repercussions and she is."
What exactly was said on the bus is unclear; however, if a student says bullies are harassing another child, why does it take so long for schools to take action? We live in a country where 13 million kids are bullied each year and more often than not, the behavior occurs on the bus.
This is far from the first report of a teacher or bus driver turning a blind eye to bullying. ABC reports, "In one taped incident, two girls took turns punching another girl in the head and pulling out clumps of her hair. The driver, the only adult on the bus, continued driving the vehicle during the attack."
The bottom line is something more needs to be done to combat bullying in our schools. Three million students will be absent from school this month because of the emotional and physical toll of bullying, and according to the organization Ability Path, children with disabilities are significantly more likely than their peers to be the victims of this mistreatment.http://www.takepart.com/a...ssing-special-needs-girl
Aug 10 12 9:06 AM
Girl Gets Plastic Surgery
to Fix Ears, Nose, Chin
by Bianna Golodryga and Natasha Singh
At first glance, 14-year-old Nadia Ilse exudes an air of confidence that many other girls her age lack. That confidence is hard won.
Teased about her big ears since she was 7 years old, Nadia found school a nightmare. Her classmates tormented her, and she couldn’t bear to look at herself in the mirror.
"I felt horrible. I felt like I was like dirt," she said, in an interview with "Good Morning America." "They said that I have the biggest ears that they’ve ever seen. They called me ‘Dumbo,’ ‘elephant ears.’"
The teasing and bullying escalated, and Nadia, of Cumming, Ga., started to believe the negativity.
"I kind of got into this shell and I actually skipped school a lot," she said. "I made excuses. I would say my stomach hurt, say that I was sick even though I wasn’t."
Nadia would cry a lot on the way home from the bus stop and at night before she went to sleep. It got so bad that Nadia even contemplated suicide.
"I actually did think about suicide but I wasn’t pushed, I didn’t really want to. I didn’t think that was the solution," she said.
Nadia’s troubles came as a shock to her mother. Because Lynda Ilse had recently been laid off, and had a 9-year-old son, Joshua, who was battling cerebral palsy, Nadia didn’t want to bother her mother with her problems.
"I’m heartbroken about it," Lynda Ilse said, speaking of her daughter’s torment, including her thoughts of suicide. "I didn’t realize that it was that bad. She would mostly say that she has migraines."
Eventually, Nadia told her mother everything and begged for surgery to pin her ears back. Lynda Ilse couldn’t afford it, so she turned to the Little Baby Face Foundation, a Manhattan-based organization that provides free surgery for children with facial deformities who have a financial need.Click HERE to read about other bullied teens’ plastic surgery.
Dr. Thomas Romo, the president of the organization and head of facial plastic surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, found Nadia’s story compelling.
Romo operated on Nadia in June. He pinned her ears back, and also operated on her nose and chin. Romo performed $40,000 worth of work for free.
Asked if they were concerned that operating on Nadia conveyed the message that other bullied children needed to have plastic surgery, Romo replied: "She wasn’t picked to have her surgery because she was bullied. She was picked for her surgery because of her deformities."
Lynda Ilse added: "It was just something that we chose to do. It’s no different than somebody having teeth that require braces."
Nadia no longer has a problem looking at herself in the mirror.
"I see a new me, a beautiful girl," she said.
For years, Nadia wore her hair down to cover her ears. When she starts her first day of high school today, she will likely wear her hair up.
Asked about how she felt about the bullies who tormented her, she said: "I forgive, but I don’t forget."watch video here:http://abcnews.go.com/blo...y-to-fix-ears-nose-chin/
Oct 12 12 2:14 PM
May 21 13 5:47 PM
By Elise Solé
Kaylee, wearing her outfit as punishment
School bullying is a national crisis, but one woman thinks she found the solution—give the bully a taste of her own medicine. On Wednesday, a Murry, Utah-based woman named Ally Olsen, 41, discovered that her fiancé’s 10-year-old daughter, Kaylee, was bullying a classmate. Kaylee’s teacher had emailed Olsen, explaining that the girl had been teasing a student for the past three weeks because of how she dressed. As a result, the victim no longer wanted to come to school. “When I received the email, I was confused because just a few weeks ago, Kaylee had received an award from her principal for stopping a bullying incident at school,” Olsen told Yahoo! Shine. “I confronted Kaylee who explained that she had called another girl ‘sleazy’ for wearing Daisy Duke shorts and a tank top. We’ve taught Kaylee to dress conservatively but never expected her to be judgmental.”Olsen said Kaylee was not apologetic so in lieu of grounding her which she felt "wouldn’t resonate” she turned to Facebook, asking friends for advice on how to handle the situation. By the next day, Olsen had a plan of action. She took her family, who regularly frequented thrift shops, to a local store, pretending it was a routine shopping trip. As Kaylee deemed various articles of clothing “ugly” and “embarrassing,” Olsen had her try them on as a joke, eventually telling the fourth-grader that she was purchasing the clothes for her as punishment. “I wanted Kaylee to truly experience the embarrassing feelings she had evoked in someone else by wearing clothes she felt self-conscious in,” says Olsen. “The goal wasn’t to select clothes that were cheap; it was to buy things that Kaylee herself said she hated.” Also, Olsen told Kaylee that she wasn’t going to force her to apologize to her classmate; her remorse had to be genuine. Although Kaylee cried, the next day she headed to school wearing one of the outfits under a coat that she had zipped up to her neck. “When she came home that afternoon, Kaylee said the kids laughed at her for wearing ‘pajamas.’ She also felt so guilty that she pulled her classmate aside and apologized for her behavior the previous day." To solidify the punishment, Olsen snapped a photo of Kaylee wearing the outfit (her face was blurred to protect her identity) and posted it on Facebook. By then, Olsen decided that Kaylee had suffered enough—until she learned that she had gotten into another altercation with a second girl. “When Kaylee explained how she had spoken rudely to a friend who was picking on her clothes, I decided that she needed to wear another embarrassing outfit the following day,” said Olsen. Kaylee was also made to attend her father’s soccer game wearing the clothing and posed for another photo in the outfit (her face was blurred again), which Olsen posted on Facebook. “We wanted adults to see the example we set.”
Kaylee, her face blurred to protect her identity, wearing her outfit as punishment
Surprisingly, Kaylee handled her punishment gracefully. “What people don’t understand is that Kaylee genuinely learned from this experience. She actually thanked me for making her go through that,” said Olsen. “I’m keeping the clothes in case she is mean to other kids again. Hopefully one day, we’ll be able to laugh about it.” Shaming misbehaved children is hardly news and there's no shortage of parents who turn to social media to post embarrassing photos of their kids or have them stand in the street holding handwritten signs apologizing for bad behavior. But where's the line between a parent airing their family dirty laundry and being inappropriate? “On the one hand, it sounds like this mother’s heart was in the right place,” says Kirsten Filizetti, Ph.D. a San Diego-based psychologist. “She was trying to help this girl understand what she had done and teach her a life lesson.“However, parents should be careful about introducing shame and guilt onto kids as a form of punishment,” she says. According to Filizetti, a better plan of action may have been to sit down with the child and understand the motivations behind the bullying, then use that knowledge to expose him or her to children who are different from them. To further the learning lesson, it may also be wise to have the kid sit down with the peer they hurt and listen to how the behavior was hurtful. “It’s less important that the bully explain where they were coming from and more important that the victim feels heard,” she says. http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/-bully-punished-with-bad-clothing--unusual-yes--but-cruel--191002928.html
Dec 17 13 1:24 PM
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