A group of 5th grade boys at Williams Intermediate School in Bridgewater, Massachusetts, who call themselves the “Band Of Brothers,” have pretty much just restored my faith in humanity. These little boys are so kind and loving that they almost make you forget how cruel kids can be. When the “Band of Brothers” heard that other kids were picking on Danny Keefe, the six-year-old water boy for the local Pee Wee football team, they did more than come to his defense. Keep reading »
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Vivian Vosburg, Mother Of One Of Rebecca Sedwick’s Cyberbullies, Arrested For Child Abuse & Child Neglect
“The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree,” said Florida’s Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd in regards to the announcement that Vivian Vosburg, 30, of Lakeland, FL, the stepmother of one of the cyberbullies who tormented Rebecca Sedwick, 12, before her suicide, has been charged with child neglect and child abuse. Vosburg is the stepmom of the 14-year-old girl who was arrested for aggravated stalking after Rebecca, a middle schooler, killed herself in September by jumping off a building. Vosburg was not arrested in connection to the bullying, which took the form of both in-person and online harassment; instead, Vosburg’s arrest is in connection to a video she posted on Facebook of her beating her own children. Keep reading »
A riveting op-ed by KJ Dell’Antonia in The New York Times yesterday still has me thinking. The piece, questioning whether or not parents should face criminal charges if their teenager is a bully, describes the recent suicide of a teenage girl who was endlessly harassed and cyber bullied by two of her female classmates.
So is poor parenting to blame for the bullies’ actions, which ultimately led to another’s suicide? I’m not going to lie. I’m on the fence, people. Keep reading »
- Two Florida girls have been arrested in conjunction with the suicide of Rebecca Sedwick, a 12-year-old girl who was brutally bullied by as many as 15 classmates. Rebecca killed herself in September by jumping off the roof of a cement plant after being harassed online by other girls for over a year. Two girls, ages 12 and 14, whose identities are withheld because of their ages, have been charged with aggravated stalking. [People]
- Kim Kardashian’s engagement ring from Kris Humphries has sold at auction for $620K. [US Weekly]
- John Edwards’ former mistress and baby mama Rielle Hunter is republishing a “revised edition” of her 2012 book telling all about the affair. [LA Times]
- Heidi Montag is trying to get pregnant with an “aura baby” from Spencer Pratt. Don’t ask. [US Weekly] Keep reading »
It’s Time To Cry: Bullied Girl Whose Brother Wrote Letter To Santa Surprised By Big Time Rush On “GMA”
Something shriveled up and died inside when we read a recent heartbreaking letter an eight-year-old boy wrote to Santa. See, single mother Karen Suffern asked her children to write their letters to Santa early this year, so she could make sure “Santa” had time to save up for their gifts. But Ryan Suffern didn’t just ask for a remote control car for himself— he asked if Santa could make kids stop bullying his twin sister, Amber. She is overweight and has emotional issues and kids call her “hideous” and “dumb” at school. ”Kid [sic] are still picking on Amber and its not fair. I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help,” Ryan wrote. He also asked if Amber’s favorite band, Big Time Rush, could come to her birthday party because it would make her so happy. You’re crying, right? Well, that’s nothing. “Good Morning America” surprised Amber, Ryan and their mom with a special treat: Big Time Rush came to meet Amber and sing her some songs, plus the Suffern family will be VIP guests of the band at an upcoming concert. Cutest. Thing. Ever. Ryan Suffern is one special brother. There are good people in the world! [Good Morning America]
An Online Dating Site Used Pictures Of Rehtaeh Parsons, The Gang Rape Victim Who Hung Herself, To Advertise On Facebook
You might remember the story of Rehtaeh Parsons, the 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia, Canada who hung herself after she was allegedly raped at a party and had a photograph of the incident passed around to her classmates. Her story was unspeakable and horrendous. Now, imagine that you’re one of her friends or loved ones and you’re scrolling through Facebook and you see her face on a popup for an online dating site. That’s exactly what happened to Rehtaeh’s mother, Leah Parsons — she found a picture of her deceased daughter advertising how to “Find Love In Canada!” for dating company called ionechat.com. You can read more of her mother’s thoughts about this tragedy in a piece she penned for XOJane. Keep reading »
Children are our future, bro, and sometimes this future seems more grim than others. With the aid of technology, kids are worse dicks to each other now than ever, and it’s a rare unicorn of an individual who makes it out of adolescence in 2013 unscathed. But even I, one of unshakable stone-cold heart and tremendously tight upper lip (neither of those things are true), am not immune to the warm, positive feelings imparted by this 8-year-old’s letter to Santa. Karen Suffern, a financially struggling single mother of twins, wanted to begin budgeting for the holidays, so she asked her son, Ryan, and his sister, Amber, to start their Christmas lists in advance.
This is no standard mercenary letter to Santa — no, not at all. Ryan began his letter to Santa as you do, telling old St. Nick that he wanted a remote control car and helicopter, but then things took a turn for the heartbreakingly earnest (and, as follows, unedited). “I don’t want that anymore,” he wrote. “Kid at school are still picking on Amber and its not fair. I prayed that they will stop but god is bisy and needs your help.” Keep reading »
Listen up, rugrats: you need to cut this shit out. Bullying on social media, I mean. Just stop. And grownups: it’s your responsibility to take bullying seriously. Earlier this week, the body of 12-year-old Rebecca Sedwick was found at a former cement plant in Lakeland, Florida, where she committed suicide. Rebecca was reported missing on Monday after she failed to come home from school. On Thursday, police announced that 15 teen girls had “absolutely terrorized” Rebecca over social media for over a year, even after she was pulled out of school for homeschooling and deleted her Facebook page. The girls who harassed Rebecca online continued to terrorize the Crystal Lake Middle School tween on Instagram, Ask.fm, and other sites, as recently as four days before her suicide. Laptops and cell phones belonging to 15 of the girls have been confiscated. While, obviously, the person ultimately responsible for committing suicide is the person herself, I bet these girls are wondering whether it was worth it to be so hurtful now that someone has ended up dead. This is yet another example of relentless bullying leading to a life being cut tragically short. It has to stop. It has to. [Raw Story; CBS Local]
Apparently, the high school standards for popularity stick around even as we cross into adulthood. At least that’s what a new study conducted by associate professor of management at Michigan State University, Brent Scott, indicated. The small study surveyed 114 employees at a healthcare facility and asked them about their experiences with cruel behavior at work. This included how often coworkers acted rudely, said hurtful things, or made fun of them. People who did not know the participants were then shown digital photos of the participants and judged them on attractiveness. When these two surveys were combined with other factors such as age, gender, and length of employment, it became clear that a person’s level of attractiveness was the largest factor in determining how much he or she is bullied in the workplace. Seriously, people? Keep reading »
In 2010, high school teacher Johnson McDowell wore a purple shirt to school in solidarity with bullied LGBT youth, and screened a video about someone that had committed suicide after being bullied for his sexual orientation. At the end of the video, his student, Daniel Glawacki, stated that he could not accept gay people because of his religion. He also questioned McDowell for presenting his personal views via his clothing, because earlier in class McDowell had asked a student to remove a belt with the Confederate flag on it. Glawacki and one other student were then dismissed from class for stating that they would not accept homosexuality.
Then Glawicki took his case to court, claiming that he was wrongly dismissed.