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Great commentary in the Star Tribune: Antibullying Bill Raises Troubling Questions
Eagle Forum recently published this article about how anti-bullying programs don’t work and are being linked to teen violence and, in some cases, self-harm.
“I was bullied as a child. I learned that most bullies are cowards, and by the time I was 12 I had set multiple bullies on their heels….”
The lives of children are too precious to be misrepresented, or worse, exploited by irresponsible journalism.
This article references cyberbullying and the company that an LA school district hired to monitor students social media.
An article by Laurie Higgins, of the Illinois Family Institute, on what is really behind the anti-bullying bills.
Jason Morgan, a University of Wisconsin-Madison student earning his doctorate there, has told his supervisor he objects to the school’s mandated diversity training for teaching assistants (TAs) because leaders of the first session he attended essentially called him – and the whole class – racist.
What’s more, the next session – on how to support transgender students – is something Morgan said he cannot support, as it runs in direct contradiction to his religious beliefs.
The letter, sent by email Sept. 22, states all new TAs in the university’s history department are required to attend one orientation session, two training sessions, and two diversity sessions. Morgan, in his letter, called the first of the two diversity sessions, held Friday, “an avalanche of insinuations, outright accusations, and suffocating political indoctrination (or, as some of the worksheets revealingly put it, ‘re-education’) entirely unbecoming a university of our stature.”
In an interview with the Connecticut Mirror, Sandy Staub of the American Civil Liberties Union said: “Let’s stop the wave of creating these cyber-bullying laws for a few minutes and think about how we can both protect students and speech rights at the same time.”
“The State of Free Speech on Our Nation’s Campuses, reveals that more than three-fifths of the 409 colleges and universities analyzed maintain policies that seriously infringe upon the free speech rights of students.”
The Speech Code Report says infringements on free speech are increasingly coming from policies on bullying.
Nick Gillespie contends that there is no “bullying crisis,” and that the panic over this issue is diverting our schools’ money, time and personnel away from education – all in the name of this supposed crisis.
Stop Panicking About Bullies (April 2, 2012)
Coming to a district near you? Dayton’s bogus bill bullies us all. Call your principal and tell them not to cower under bullying by the state and stand up for what they already know. Every school has an anti-bullying policy and they are working. The Minnesota School Board Association opposes this bill.
Should the definition of bullying include “hurt feelings”?
Redefining bullying is in Gov. Dayton’s bogus bill.
“Goertzen also demanded that an amendment to the legislation must be a clarification of Bill 18′s vague definition of bullying, which includes any behavior that causes ‘fear, intimidation, humiliation, distress, or other forms of harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, reputation, or property.’”
“Goertzen’s amendment proposal would define bullying as behavior that ‘places a person in actual or reasonable fear of harm to his or her person or damage to his or her property.’”
Every suicide is tragic. Every person feeling the pain of bullying needs our love and support. The media need to tell the truth.
A Federal Response to Bullying in Public Schools?
Rise of the Thought Police: Bullying Your Children into Forsaking Their Values