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It’s Time To Cry: Bullied Girl Whose Brother Wrote Letter To Santa Surprised By Big Time Rush On “GMA”

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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

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 »

8-Year-Old’s Heartbreaking Letter Asks Santa To Make Kids Stop Bullying His Sister

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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 »

15 Girls Under Investigation For Bullying 12-Year-Old Who Committed Suicide

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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 StoryCBS Local]

Study: Unattractive Workers Are More Likely To Be Bullied At Work

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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 »

Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Gay Teen Kicked Out Of Class By Teacher

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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.

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The Way To Stop Bullying Is Not Through “Diet And Exercise”

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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. Often, PR people will send us pitches that are super far afield of what The Frisky is about, and I usually just delete them. But then I got the following pitch, and man, I just had to share. Keep reading »

Abercrombie & Fitch Does Not Understand Irony, Announces Anti-Bullying Campaign

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Remember how Abercrombie & Fitch CEO and Biff-a-like Mike Jeffries told the world that A&F clothes are just for cool kids? Or how he explained that A&F lady sizes only went up to 10 because he didn’t want fat women wearing his designs and preferred “thin and beautiful” women buying his clothes? That was awesome. What’s even better? Now Jeffries and the notoriously elitist brand (that hasn’t grasped that its main demo is now insurance sales guys in their 30s) have decided to do something to backpedal on their already damaged reputation. On Tuesday, the beleaguered company announced that they’d sponsor an anti-bullying scholarship program.

“We’ve listened to the conversations and hear the message and as a company look forward to increasing our commitment to anti-bullying efforts,” said Jeffries in a press release. “We are fully committed to fostering a culture of diversity and inclusion – one in which no young person should ever feel intimidated, especially at school, whether for the clothes they wear or because someone perceives them as different.” Hahaha: He said “inclusion.” Keep reading »

Nigel Hardy, 13, Commits Suicide After Being Bullied For Being A Male Cheerleader

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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 Monday, following the suspension, Nigel Hardy’s father went to authorities after finding a suicide note and his handgun missing.Hardy’s body was later found 20 miles from his home with a gun nearby. Keep reading »

Rehtaeh Parsons, 17, Committed Suicide After Photo Of Her Rape Was Distributed Around School

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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. Keep reading »

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