The saga of the fat woman on the Boston T line rages onward. Now, someone has written a new Craigslist missed connection post claiming that the woman herself is the bully, because she allegedly sat on a “kind, older woman” and the original douchebag target, effectively pinning them both down.
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UPDATE, Friday 4p.m.: There’s an update to this post here!
The world would feel like a more just place if we could (literally or figuratively) beat up every bully in the schoolyard. We can’t do that. But we can take to Craiglist’s Missed Connections to call out sociopathic, sadistic fat shamers who tell… More »
A former lunchroom aide at an elementary school in Grand Rapids, Michigan, pleaded guilty to paying a student $1 to have a fourth-grade classmate beat up. Brooke Wilson-Johnson, age 19, offered a dollar to three students to hurt the fourth-grader because he disobeyed her instructions and called her a “pregnant bitch.” Thankfully, the student didn’t… More »
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… More »
“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… More »
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.
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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,… More »
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… More »
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… More »
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… More »
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… More »
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… More »
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… More »
I get approximately 5,000 pitches a day from people who are trying to get me to tell you guys about boob stickers, or breath mints, or Cash Warren’s boat shoes (seriously just got this one). I mostly ignore them unless I think the product or service is going to be of some use to you. More »
Another bullied teen took his life on Monday: Nigel Hardy, age 13, had been bullied due to his participation in an extracurricular activity he loved, cheerleading.
According to The Los Angeles Times, Hardy punched another boy, who was harassing him about cheerleading, which led to suspension from Hillview Middle School in Palmdale, California. On… More »
There are no words.
Rehtaeh Parsons, a 17-year-old girl from Nova Scotia, Canada, attempted to commit suicide last week after she was allegedly raped at a party and had a photograph of her rape passed around to her classmates. Rehtaeh’s family removed her from life support on Sunday. … More »
Have you ever woken up with the lingering remnant of a once-forgotten memory? Usually it’s a repressed trauma, like an alien abduction or the knowledge that your middle name is Gaylord. In other words, they’re memories that require years of therapy to forget again. One day this repressed memory phenomenon happened to me. Only instead of waking… More »
Shane Koyczan was bullied as a kid. But rather than internalize that pain, he did something creative and powerful with it. He put together the “To This Day” Project, which enlisted several dozen animators and illustrators to create small segments that would be put together in one 8-minute visual poem. “My experiences with violence in… More »
Adults blame victims of sexual crimes and indiscretions, asking “Why was she dressed like that?” or “Why did she drink so much?”
Adults also use the Internet for humiliation, like stocks in the town square.
And lest you forget, children are watching us and mimicking what we do. Don’t believe me? More »