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11Nebraska Elementary School Sends Home Document With Terrible Rules On How To Deal With Bullying

A Nebraska school district is apologizing for a flyer that went home with students instructing them on how to handle bullying.

The flyer, sent home by Zeman Elementary with the school’s fifth-graders, lists rules on how to “turn bullies into buddies.” Some of these rules include not telling on the bullies, not being a sore loser, and learning to “laugh at yourself” along with the bullies.

Zeman Elementary received word that the document had been sent home with the fifth grade students and immediately released a statement to parents apologizing.

“A flyer that contained inaccurate information regarding how to handle bullying situations was sent home with Zeman Elementary School fifth-graders,” wrote the school in the statement. “Our educators at Zeman Elementary School work hard to provide accurate and appropriate lessons and education for our students in how to handle bullying situations. The flyer was sent home with good intentions, unfortunately, it contained advice that did not accurately reflect LPS best practices regarding response to bullying incidents."

School officials say that they are trying to figure out where the oversight occured, but they acknowledge that officials never approved the document and allowed it to be sent home with the students. They say they plan to speak to students directly to explain what happened and provide them useful strategies on how to properly deal with bullying.

"We've taken the action that we think we need to take and really use it as a learning experience," said Russ Uhing, Director of Student Services at Lincoln Public School District.

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11Student Appeals Ruling that Charged Him With Disorderly Conduct for Recording Bullies

After school officials found out that a 15-year-old Pennsylvania student had recorded a group of students bullying him, they allegedly forced the student to delete the video and then reported the “wiretapping incident” to the police.

In court on March 19, Christian Stanfield, who has been diagnosed with a comprehension delay disorder, ADHD and an anxiety disorder, stated that he had made the recording because he had always felt like he “wasn’t being heard.” He testified that students slammed books across his head, and stated that he “wanted some help.”

Instead of helping him, however, South Fayette District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet found Stanfield guilty of disorderly conduct, and fined him.

Now, Stanfield plans on appealing the ruling and suing the school district.

The South Fayette High School student recorded the incident in February to show his mother the extent to which he was being harassed. In the video, one student reportedly tells another to pull down Stanfield’s pants. The teacher then intervenes and tells the students to stop talking if their discussion isn’t about math.

Minutes later, a slam can reportedly be heard, as well as a boy’s voice saying, “What? I was just trying to scare him,” and the teacher’s voice telling students to sit down.

In February, after the school’s principal and assistant principal discovered that Stanfield had recorded the incident, they reported him to the police and asked Lieutenant Robert Kurta to come to the school to investigate “a wiretapping incident.” Kurta, however, felt that the situation did not warrant charging Stanfield with a felony wiretapping charge.

In court this pasts March, Stanfield’s mother, Shea Love, stated that she had emailed her son’s teacher several times between October and February with details of his complaints. She added that the alleged bullies “were calling him some really bad names.”

Although the district does have records of Love’s complaints, assistant principal Aaron Skrbin testified in court that, “To be blunt, I would not classify that as bullying.”

“The whole thing has been a horrible nightmare,” Love told Tribune-Review. “This whole ordeal has made my son miserable.”

Stanfield’s request is to be heard on April 29.

Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk, http://www.myfoxatlanta.com, http://www.njnewsday.com

Photo Sources: http://www.dailymail.co.uk, http://www.njnewsday.com

Edmond Aviv says judge's ruling destroyed his life.

11Ohio Man Ordered To Wear ‘Bully’ Sign Says Judge ‘Destroyed’ His Life

An Ohio man ordered to wear a sign declaring he’s a bully for five hours on a street corner says the judge gave him an unfair sentence that ruined his life.

Edmond Aviv, 62, was accused of bullying his neighbors, including children with developmental disabilities, for the last 15 years.

Municipal Court Judge Gayle Williams-Byers ordered Aviv to wear the sign for five hours while sitting on a South Euclid street corner after he pleaded no contest to a fourth-degree misdemeanor charge of harassing his neighbors.

Aviv was monitored by a court probation officer as he stood on the corner of Monticello Boulevard and Tribisky Road Sunday.

The sign read: "I AM A BULLY! I pick on children that are disabled, and I am intolerant of those that are different from myself. My actions do not reflect an appreciation for the diverse South Euclid community that I live in."

Aviv ignored drivers who honked their horns and kept his head down.

“The judge destroyed me. This isn’t fair at all,” Aviv told Cleveland.com, refusing to answer any other questions.

Some 95 cars reportedly honked at Aviv and 89 shouted insults at him between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sunday.

One neighbor, 21-year-old Alex Simmons, approached Aviv. He said Aviv shouted racial slurs at him growing up.

“He called me porch monkey a couple times and the N-word,” said Simmons, who is the son of South Euclid Municipal Court Bailiff Isaiah Simmons. “I told my parents at the time and they said to avoid his house and be the bigger person. This punishment is great. Justice has been served.”

Judge Williams-Byers also order him to serve 15 days in jail, undergo anger management classes and counseling, and submit an apology letter to his neighbor, Sandra Prugh.

“I want to express my sincere apology for acting irrationally towards your house and the safety of your children,” Aviv wrote in the letter. “I understand my actions could have caused harm but at that time I was not really thinking about it.”

Sources: Cleveland.com, Politico

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11High School Student Threatened By School Officials And Charged With Crime After Recording Evidence Of Classmates Bullying Him

A Pennsylvania high school sophomore took a recording device to school so that he could capture audio of some fellow students bullying him, but when he brought it to school officials, instead of questioning the alleged bullies, administrators reportedly tried to get the student charged with felony wiretapping. Just last month, the student was found guilty of disorderly conduct.

According to BenSwann.com, the boy and his mother, Shea Love, testified that the boy had been shoved, mocked, and almost burned with a cigarette lighter on numerous occasions. The student tried to explain why he recorded the incident in the first place.

“I wanted her [his mother] to understand what I went through,” said the boy. “Like, it wasn’t like I was over exaggerating it. I wasn’t lying. It was really happening. I was really having things like books slammed upside my head. I wanted it to stop. I just felt like nothing was being done.”

The student and his mother claim that when they brought the recording to school officials, it was destroyed, and Principal Scott Milburn called in a police officer to proceed with charging the student with felony wiretapping.

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Despite what seemed to be a valid reason for recording the bullying, a judge still found the sophomore guilty of disorderly conduct.

“Normally, if there is — I certainly have a big problem with any kind of bullying at school,” said District Judge Maureen McGraw-Desmet during the hearing. “But normally, you know, I would expect a parent would let the school know about it, because it’s not tolerated. I know that, and that you guys [school administrators] would handle that, you know. To go to this extreme, you know, it was the only alternative or something like that, but you weren’t made aware of that and that was kind of what I was curious about. Because it’s not tolerated, but you need to go through — let the school handle it. And I know from experience with South Fayette School that, you know, it always is. And if there is a problem and it continues, then it is usually brought in front of me.”

According to reports, none of the bullies were reprimanded for their actions, despite evidence proving that they were harassing the student, and those kids still remain enrolled at the school.

“I refuse to be threatened,” said Love, the boy’s mother. “I just want my son to have a chance to bloom and not fall so far behind in a totally disruptive environment.”

Love says they plan to appeal the conviction.

11Denial Of Leave Request, Bullying May Have Caused Ft. Hood Rampage

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused Ivan Lopez’s Wednesday shooting spree at Ft. Hood in Texas. The rampage left four dead and another 16 wounded.

“We only have one suspect,” said Chris Grey, spokesman for the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. Grey was speaking at a Monday news conference and did not take any questions. 

“We are fully committed to this investigation and we will continue to pursue investigatively all leads,” he said in a Fox News story.

The findings from the ongoing investigation indicate that the violence was touched off during a verbal altercation after Lopez was denied a request for leave. According to Fox News officials believe that proves the shootings were the result of flared emotions and should put to rest speculation that the 34-year-old Army specialist was suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Army officials have expressed doubt that Lopez’s single four-month tour in Iraq could have caused PTSD.

But Lopez had been undergoing treatment for anxiety and depression according to one senior official familiar with the investigation. CNN indicates that Lopez had also recently asked to be transferred from the base, claiming that he was being picked on and taunted by fellow soldiers. 

Another unnamed official, interviewed by CNN, said that investigators will continue to review the suspected shooter’s mental health history. They will also conduct interviews to investigate his interactions with fellow soldiers.

Records show that Lopez had been attending regular mental health appointments in recent months. He had also been prescribed medications at his previous post of Ft. Bliss. Medical examiners will try to determine what drugs he was prescribed and if he had taken them correctly. Possible interactions between drugs will also be investigated.

What investigators do know is that Lopez fired 34 shots from a .45 caliber handgun before the turning the gun on himself. He died at the scene.

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will attend a memorial service for victims on Wednesday.

The president said after the shootings, "We're going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened."

Sources: Fox News, CNN


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11School Tells Bullied Boy He Can't Bring "My Little Pony" Bag To School (Video)

A 9-year-old bullied North Carolina boy is being asked by school officials to leave his “My Little Pony” bag at home from now on because they believe it is a “trigger for bullying.”

Grayson Bruce says other children have been tormenting him because he loves the popular cartoon, and generally, people believe the show is mostly geared towards girls.

“They’re taking it a little too far, with punching me, pushing me down, calling me horrible names, stuff that really shouldn’t happen,” said Brue to WLOS News in Asheville. “Most of the characters in the show are girls, and most of the people put it towards girls, most of the toys are girlie.”

Bruce says that other kids bully him about his My Little Pony bag and go as far as punching him, pushing him around, and calling him names. Bruce’s mother says that instead of doing something about the bullies, the school decided to target her son’s bag as the problem, and that’s something she’s willing to put up a fight about.

“Saying a lunchbox is a trigger for bullying is like saying a short skirt is a trigger for rape,” said Noreen Bruce. “It’s flawed logic; it doesn’t make any sense.”

Buncome County Schools made a statement regarding their request that Bruce stop taking his bag to school, saying, “an initial step was taken to immediately address a situation that had created a disruption in the classroom. Buncome County Schools takes bullying very seriously, and we will continue to take steps to resolve this issue.”

Noreen Bruce continues to defend her son’s love of the television show, saying that the show is a positive in his life.

“It’s promoting friendship, there are no bad words, there’s no violence; it’s hard to find that, even in cartoons now,” said Noreen.

There is a strong following of males that have a love for the TV show, and the term “Brony” was even coined to describe one of these male fans.

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11Teen Leaves Karate Class, Saves Mentally Disabled Child From Gang Of Bullies

When a Massachusetts teen saw eight other teenagers huddled around a younger kid, he used his martial arts training to protect him.

Roman Rodriguez,16, was leaving Holyoke Temple and Fitness, where his father is an instructor, last Monday when he spotted a group of teens surrounding a mentally disabled boy.

"When I saw the situation, it immediately bothered me," Rodriguez told MassLive. "I saw he was crying. Everyone should be appreciated for who they are as a person, not made fun of."

Rodriguez, who has a purple belt, approached the group and told the main aggressor to leave the kid alone.

"I told them I didn't want any trouble, I just wanted to walk him home," he said. "This, I guess, provoked him."

The aggressor was younger than Rodriguez, only 14, but he was much bigger – approximately 6 feet tall and 220 pounds.

So when the 14-year-old, indentified only as “Angel,” tried to hit Rodriguez, he decided to restrain him rather than throw punches.

"He's a lot bigger than me, so I only knocked him down and restrained him," he said. "I wanted to avoid things getting worse."

When he let Angel go, the younger teen ran off, with his group of friends following him. Over his shoulder, he threatened to stab or shoot Rodriguez.

Rodriguez promptly went back into the fitness center and told his father, Ricardo Rodriguez, what had happened. Ricardo Rodriguez came outside with his son only to find Angel had returned with a large kitchen knife and his mother.

"I witnessed this kid's mother encourage her son to stab mine," Ricardo Rodriguez said. "She was instigating a fight. My first reaction was to protect my son, but also to avoid any kind of tragedy."

Holyoke police arrived within minutes, and the 14-year-old was charged with assault with a dangerous weapon. The teen’s mother, Jomery Rivera, was charged with disorderly conduct.

Ricardo Rodriguez said he was proud of what his son did.

"Just as I taught him, he defended someone who couldn't defend himself,” he said.

A boy who witnessed the incident, 11-year-old Timothy Colón, was so impressed he presented Roman Rodriguez with a certificate of recognition.

Sources: MassLive, Urban Martial Arts Blog

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11Florida Mom Brawls With 12-Year-Old Bully In School Parking Lot

A Florida mother was charged with battery after getting into a fight with her daughter’s middle school classmate.

Irisdaly Rios, 35, was arrested Wednesday after a scuffle with 12-year-old Ashley Perez at Hialeah Middle School.

Rios approached the girl in the school parking lot on Wednesday.

Perez told NBC Miami that she expected Rios to offer some advice about the ongoing tensions between her and her daughter.

“That's why I walked to the car, because usually, if it was another mother, she'll be like, 'Oh, what's happening to my daughter. Let's fix this up,'" Perez said. “She got aggressive, and I think she felt her daughter was in danger.”

Rios allegedly flew into a rage, leaving Perez with a chipped tooth and scratches on her neck.

She later defended attacking the girl.

"This girl bullies my daughter every day," Rios told NBC.

Perez also left Rios with scratches on her arm and neck.

Police said Rios should have spoken to school officials or police about the bullying allegations.

"Everybody loses here,” said Hialeah Police spokesman Carl Zogby.

Sources: New York Daily News, NBC Miami

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11Six-Year-Old Stabbed In The Throat With A Pencil By Fellow Classmate

A six-year-old boy was stabbed in the throat with a pencil by a classmate at Crowell Elementary School on February 27.

Uncensored photos have been released of the boy’s injury by the Turlock City News.

His father, Ruben Aguilar, claims the school was notified that his son was being bullied in the weeks prior to the stabbing. School administrators did not respond to his complaints.

After the boy was stabbed, the school notified Aguilar and he had the boy’s grandfather pick him up from school. When he arrived, the boy had the pencil dangling from his neck, reports CBS Sacramento.

“When I went to pick him up he was sitting there with a pencil just dangling. I ask where the nurse was they said she was somewhere else at another emergency. I’d like to know what the emergency was? Then they asked me if I wanted to pull the pencil out all I asked (for was a) damn piece of tape and taped it to his chest. I feel they should have called an ambulance, he could have been bleeding internally,” the boy’s grandfather posted on Facebook via Ruben Aguilar’s page after the incident.

“They didn’t do what they were supposed to do to take care of him,” said Aguilar. “Regardless, it wasn’t as serious as it was, but it could have been life threatening, and it could have cost my son his life.”

Aguilar claims the school did not call an ambulance because other parents have complained in the past about the cost.

“There’s a paper that when you fill out to go to school, if there is an emergency, gives them permission to send them to the hospital. And I did sign that paper,” Aguilar said. “My son’s life means more to me than a couple hundred dollars of whatever I would end up paying.”

Crowell Principal Linda Alaniz has refused to comment on the incident.

The classmate who stabbed the boy in question is believed to have only received a lunchtime detention as punishment.

The boy is physically fine now, and has transferred to another school whose name remains undisclosed. The emotional scars surrounding the incident remain.

“My son is terrified of going to school. He wants a police officer with him because he is afraid that the boy is going to stab him again. He is six years old and he is afraid to go to school,” said Aguilar.

The boy’s parents say they are considering legal action against the school district.

Sources: Turlock City News, CBS Sacramento

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11Teacher Films Special Needs Boy Stuck In Chair While Principal Helps Tease Him (Video)

A video has surfaced showing a young Michigan boy with Asperger Syndrome stuck in a chair at school. Now that it has been revealed that the boy’s teacher was the one that captured the footage on her cell phone, she is now facing tenure charges and could be fired.

The video shows the unidentified 10-year-old boy with special needs stuck in a chair while the teacher films and taunts him. At one point, a male voice is heard in the background also teasing the boy, and it’s been revealed that the voice belongs to the school principal Michael Ellis. The teacher Nicole McVey emailed the video to her colleagues, and eventually, school administrators saw it. Ellis wound up resigning as principal, and now, McVey may be fired.

"You hear of bullying by other students and other kids in class, I have had cases like this before, but I have never had a case with teachers and administrators bullying," said Patrick Greenfelder, the attorney representing the boy’s family.

McVey asks the boy if he wants to be tasered while he is struggling to figure out a way to squeeze out of the chair, and this comment outraged many. Other parents who defend her, however, say that the term “taser” refers to taking the two pointer fingers and moving them in a tickling motion along the child’s side in a playful way in order to get the child to focus. Still, the boy’s parents are not happy with the use of that phrase, especially in a stressful situation like that.

In the video, when McVey tells the boy that maintenance is on their way to get him out, Principal Ellis’s voice can be heard saying, “It’s not really an emergency in their book.”

Many people in the Goodrich community have been quick to defend McVey’s actions and say that she meant to harm.

"I know she is supported by the community, the other teachers, the staff, I have learned a lot from her and I support her fully," said Leanne Ruediger, a substitute teacher at the school. “I believe that Nicole's intentions and motivations are always in the right place.”

The boy’s parents say they are discouraged by the amount of negative comments their child has received as a result of the incident, saying that he, "is now labeled as a disturbance to the other ‘normal’ children in his class. Our son did nothing wrong, but yet this seems to be another case of blaming the victim."

The school board has not commented on this matter or where they are at with filing tenure charges against McVey.

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