Over the course of the past few months, students have turned cafeteria tables into works of art focused on contemporary social issues, such as gun violence or bullying. The tables will be on display in 10 city parks this summer.
The lawyer for one of the three high school students facing harassment charges urged the media to give the teens and their families some privacy as the case makes its way through the system. “I appreciate the right of the public to know, but we’re really talking about minors,” he said. “It’ll be hard to ever restore these kids’ reputations.”
As the hazing scandal at Bronx Science continues to rattle the school, students told SchoolBook that they don’t consider bullying a problem but they had heard of incidents among athletes. The school’s athletic director and two track coaches were suspended Tuesday.
The family of a Brooklyn middle school student plans to sue the Department of Education, saying he was beaten by two classmates and left blind in his right eye. The boy, Kardin Ulysse, says the school staff did nothing to prevent or stop the incident.
Students and parents said on Thursday that Joel Morales was bullied in his East Harlem neighborhood and at school before he hanged himself on Tuesday in his apartment.
Students in the chorus and orchestra at P.S. 176 in Brooklyn included an antibullying song in their spring repertoire: “Mean” by Taylor Swift. In an interview with WNYC’s Beth Fertig, the students say the song resonated.
As schools prepare to put an anti-bullying curriculum in place to comply with the Dignity for All Students Act, legislation has been proposed in New York that would criminalize cyberbullying. Many experts say educational programs work best to teach children to respect each other, but one legislator says stricter penalties are necessary as more youths communicate through texts and the Internet.
The documentary “Bully” goes into wider theatrical release on Friday with a newly negotiated PG-13 rating. Some city teens and parents went to view it this week during school vacation, and say the documentary really touches a nerve.
School communities are turning yet again to issues of bullying, guns and violence following the shooting rampage two weeks ago at Chardon High School near Cleveland. On WNYC’s “The Brian Lehrer Show” on Monday, Jessie Klein, an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice at Adelphi University, makes the case that bullying, while hardly a new phenomenon, is a growing crisis in American schools that stems from a culture of competition and aggression.
A middle school teacher writes about one of her students: ‘The true danger of bullying is the way that it changes kids. After weeks of feeling defensive and guarded, Rocky began to hide her sweet softness. Enough of this transformation in children, and the environment of a school is changed.’
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