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Recent news articles about bullying, dating violence, harassment, hazing and other forms of violence, and efforts to prevent it or stop it from happening. 

See also: News about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program 

PR Newswire: Global Bullying Prevention Meetings Highlight the OLWEUS Bullying Prevention Program
June 08, 2016

Bullying in U.S. Schools; 2014 Status Report

What Do Bullying and Youth Substance Use Have in Common? More Than You Might Think.
October is Bullying Prevention Month and National Substance Abuse Prevention Month, a busy and important time for prevention efforts.  On the surface, bullying and youth substance use may seem like separate problems.
October 12, 2012

Events mark Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Statistics show that one of every four women in the United States are affected by domestic violence.
October 12, 2012

Mental Health Crisis
Lines for Life suicide and substance abuse hotline clinical director Leslie Storm encourages people in a mental crisis or who may be thinking about killing themselves to call and talk to someone at Lines for Life before calling 9-1-1.
October 11, 2012

Suicide is epidemic for American Indian youth: What more can be done?
A youth-suicide epidemic is sweeping Indian country, with Native American teens and young adults killing themselves at more than triple the rate of other young Americans, according to federal government figures.
October 11, 2012

Abuse highlight of youth workshop
Teens will have an opportunity to learn about domestic violence and substance abuse from experts and also victims willing to share their stories during the 2nd annual "The Journey of Dying for Love, Domestic Violence & Faith-Based Community Substance Abuse Prevention Health Model" for youth.
October 11, 2012 

'Silence hides violence'
A large crowd gathered Tuesday evening for the My Sister's House Annual Banquet to honor victims of domestic violence and recognize the advocates who have worked tirelessly to assist the victims and their families.
October 11, 2012

Stomp Out Bullying with Teen.com and Demi Lovato with Secret’s “Mean Stinks”
Not too long ago, Demi Lovato announced that she’s the new ambassador for Secret deodorant’s “Mean Stinks” campaign, which helps struggling tweens, teens and well, everyone who’s been ridiculed fight against bullying.
October 11, 2012

Ronnie Polaneczky: 'You just shouldn't be mean to people'
A shy student was being targeted in the cafeteria by kids who'd sneaked food out of his lunch bag, spat on it, returned it to his bag and then laughed as he ate it.
October 11, 2012

Preston Deener, Brunswick High School Student, Attacked By Bullies Just Before Being Interviewed On-Camera About Bullying
Preston Deener, a sophomore at Brunswick High School in Maryland, was the victim of a bullying attack just as he was preparing for an on-camera interview with a local television station about his experience being bullied.
October 11, 2012  

Bully or Bystander, End the Torment Now
If you witness any form of crude behavior, don't even pause to think about the fact it's your friend who's the bully or what might happen to you as a result of that situation.
October 10, 2012

Rachel’s Challege: Anti-Bullying Campaign Sparks Chain Reaction Of Kindness
A bully can have a lasting impact, but a national campaign wants to start a different kind of chain reaction.  The “Rachel’s Challenge” program stopped in Muscle Shoals, to speak to students about its mission.
October 10, 2012

A message from the North Pocono Middle School Guidance Department
As we watch the local news programs and read the newspapers, we are alarmed as a school and a community by the recent teen suicides that have occurred.
October 10, 2012

Facing the Truth: Determining the Warning Signs of a Bully
Are you a mom, dad, teacher, grandparent or a concerned friend? Do you worry about your kids the moment you send them out the door to school each day?
October 9, 2012

National Anti-Bullying Month kicks off
October 2012 is National Bullying Prevention Month and PACER is making it known that the “end of bullying begins with you.”
October 9, 2012

Artists finish memorial mural at Festival of Hope in Tulare
Event Director Noah Whitaker said he wanted the Festival of Hope to be a way to raise awareness for suicide prevention. With sidewalk chalk pieces and a spray-paint mural, the festival made for a very visual way.
October 12, 2012

New Contest Aims To Combat Teen Dating Violence
October 8, 2012

School Standing Up to Online Bullies
"The biggest problem we probably face here at the high school is lack of knowledge," Kucera-Short said. "A lot of times students who are being bullied don't want to come forward.
October 8, 2012

Fat? Gay? Keep your head up: Bullies, this month is to combat you
I'm fat? You're a bully. It's National Bullying Prevention Month, and several current events illustrate the pervasive problem of bullying, which is not restricted to classrooms.
October 8, 2012

Hundreds walk in Cape to promote suicide awareness
The second annual Out of the Darkness Community Walk brought about 250 people to Cape County Park North on Sunday and raised more than $14,000 for suicide awareness and prevention.
October 8, 2012

Bing is One Step Behind Google in Suicide Prevention
Suicide is not an issue that can be handled lightly—every precaution that can be made to prevent someone from taking their own life should be implemented.
October 5, 2012

Women's Center marks Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The Women's Center will host activities in Fall River and New Bedford throughout October in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, giving the public the opportunity to show support for local victims and their families, renew their commitment to nonviolence, and heighten awareness in the community.
October 5, 2012

Bullying: The Really Big Problem Behind the Really Big Problem
It's October. The weather is starting to change, we're planning Halloween costumes and starting to think about the holidays. But October is also now recognized as National Bullying Prevention Month.
October 5, 2012 

No wait for NOH8 - Anti-bullying education needs to be reformed now
Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy from Williamsville, took his own life in September of 2011 because he was bullied for being gay.  Now over a year later, in the midst of National Anti-bullying Month, his parents are taking a stand to end bullying.
October 5, 2012

OP-ED: Domestic violence: Control is not love
October er is "Domestic Violence Awareness Month," and as this issue comes to the forefront during this time it's crucial to also recognize and bring out from behind the shadows the prevalence of teen dating violence.
October 4, 2012 

Don’t raise a bully
Parents across the country live in fear of their child being bullied at school. But how many take the time to think about whether or not their kid is the one doing the bullying?
October 4, 2012

Report confirms bullying problem
The picture is becoming clearer, and what it reveals so far is that there is a lot of bullying going on in New Jersey’s public schools.
October 4, 2012

Stillwater says farewell to teen
Stillwater Public Schools will train educators and staff to watch for signs that a student is depressed or suicidal, Superintendent Ann Caine said Tuesday.
October 4, 2012

Too fat for TV? Anchor fires back at critic; outpouring ensues
The 37-year-old anchor/reporter at WKBT-TV in La Crosse, Wis., became the center of attention Tuesday after she went on air to respond to what she called "a personal attack," a harshly critical email from a viewer who suggested she was too fat to be on TV.
October 3, 2012

St. Paul schools: Anti-bullying campaign aboard buses, too
Pink sequins, zebra stripes, Super Mario Bros. and Dora the Explorer decorate the backpacks of the students leaving Hancock-Hamline Elementary School in St. Paul. Leaves dusting the sidewalk are stomped on by children laughing and shouting goodbyes to friends as they leap aboard their yellow buses for the trip home.
October 2, 2012

Kids work to 'stop the bullying'
When Lincoln Intermediate School students approached Principal Tom Novotney about stopping the bullying in their school, everyone got to work to think of ways to raise awareness about bullying’s impact.
October 2, 2012

Bullied teen has last laugh on Homecoming night
Bullied Michigan teen, Whitney Kropp, turns the tables on her bullies and steals the show on Homecoming night.
October 2, 2012

Buddying up against bullying
As National Anti-Bullying Awareness Month approaches, local communities are preparing to stand united against the problem by asking students to be a buddy, not a bully.
October 1, 2012

Bullying affects people all over country, taking a stand is only option
Chances are high that by this time in our lives, we have either been bullies, victims of bullying, or bystanders to bullying. How widespread is this issue?
October 1, 2012

Teen dating violence becoming an epidemic
Where is domestic violence learned? What kind of relationship examples do parents set for their children?
September 30, 2012

Father hopes teen parents will learn from son's suicide
Stuart Shields was an average 16-year-old.  The Tates Creek High School lacrosse mid-fielder was learning to play guitar, had lots of friends and constantly sent text messages to girls.
September 29, 2012

Bullying Resources
The following is a list of bullying prevention resources and websites.
September 28, 2012 

Social Bullying Common in TV Shows Kids Watch
Social bullying is common on TV, even in shows made for kids, a new study shows.
September 27, 2012

Dating Violence Featured on Katie Couric's Show
This week, Dr. Jacqueline Campbell was featured as a guest on the new Katie Couric Show for a powerful episode on dating abuse.
September 25, 2012

Students take a stand against bullying
Father speaks at assembly about family’s tragedy
September 25, 2012

Demi Lovato Tackling Girl-To-Girl Bullying, One 'Mean' Girl At A Time
MTV News chats with Demi as the 'Mean Stinks' Ambassador helps spread the message and shares her tough experience.
September 24, 2012

Bullied teen of high school homecoming prank turns the joke around
A high school sophomore named Whitney Kropp was voted onto the homecoming court as a malicious prank by fellow students from a rural town in Michigan, according to the Detroit News
September 24, 2012

Hundreds take part in a suicide prevention walk in Fargo
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Fargo today, in memory of loved ones who completed suicide.
September 23, 2012

Digital Dating Abuse Is A Pervasive Problem — iKeepSafe
The U.S. Senate recently designated February as National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. This is a change from the previous National ...
September 21, 2012

Fears return for Belle Plaine family as bully moves to victim's school
A mother in Belle Plaine says she is fearing for her child's safety now that the bully who was caught on camera attacking her daughter may be moving to the school the victim transferred to.
September 20, 2012

Cyber bully attacks Minneapolis Washburn students
In the halls of Minneapolis Washburn High School, the buzz of a new school year is gone. The talk has turned to the social networking site, Twitter.
September 20, 2012

Bullying victim helps teachers and parents see the signs
Kelsey Jackson-Beassie says she was bullied from fourth grade all the way through 12th, eventually forcing the Brookhaven woman to change schools.
September 20, 2012

Demi Lovato Defends ‘X Factor’ Bullying Allegations
Demi Lovato was brought to tears when a bullied girl auditioned on ‘The X Factor’ on Sept 12. A fierce anti-bully advocate, Demi speaks EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife.com about those who accuse her show of being the bully!
September 14, 2012

School bullies beware: San Francisco won’t tolerate that behavior
Documentary film director Lee Hirsch huddled in the darkness of San Francisco’s Herbst Theatre as hundreds of city middle and high school students watched his movie, “Bully,” Thursday morning.
September 14, 2012

Organization takes aim at teen dating violence
Interface Children and Family Services has joined with the Verizon Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Verizon, to present a teen dating violence prevention program for ninthgrade students in health classes throughout Ventura County.
September 14, 2012

Suicide prevention in spotlight this month Officials: Knowledge, intervention save lives
Suicide Prevention Month is well under way, and Fort Gordon has already seen a number of training events.
September 14, 2012

Teen Fights Bullying On Facebook
 It's tough for any parent, hearing from their child that they are bullied at school. Sometime social media makes it worse. But one teen has turned to the internet for a solution.
September 5, 2012

Tackling bullying head on: Two Florida youths fight back in their own way with anti-bully projects
Izzy Hadala, 13, and Jaylen Arnold, 12, have both dealt with hardships in their young lives. Now they’re hoping their experiences will spare other kids from the bullying they’ve endured.
September 4, 2012

Teen-Dating Violence
Celeste LaCour-Belyn grew to love the young man her daughter Leigh dated throughout high school.
September 4, 2012

Suicide prevention walk planned for Oct. 6
“Out of the Darkness,” a walk to support suicide prevention efforts, will take place Oct. 6 at the state Capitol.
September 4, 2012

Bullying hotline now present at local school district
Bridgeport Schools have set up an anti-bullying hotline, a number for parents or anyone to call to let school officials know about bullying going on.
August 31, 2012

Scholarships Can Aid Students Working to Prevent Suicide
Conventional wisdom tells us that today's high school and college students love sharing. Whether it's on Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube, no observation is too minute and no detail too intimate to put out there.
August 31, 2012

9th annual International Bullying Prevention Association Conference
November 4-6, 2012 at the InterContinental Hotel in Kansas City, MO. Professionals from all across the world meet to share strategies to stop bullying.
August 30, 2012

Edmond students pledge to embrace kindness during anti-bullying program
Betsy had told her mom about Rachel's Challenge, which had been introduced to her and her classmates earlier that day, and suggested they attend the parent and community meeting.
August 30, 2012

Interview With Bobbi Sudberry About Teen Dating Violence
Bobbi Sudberry did everything right as a mom. She taught her children about integrity, self-respect, compassion and love. She raised good kids. So when daughter Kaity started dating a boy from high school, Bobbi felt like her daughter had the necessary skills to navigate young love.
August 28, 2012

Lee Hirsch Makes Documentary on Bullying Issue in America
"I was too scared to start developing the idea in earnest because it would mean confronting my own demons and revisiting a painful period of my life", said Lee Hirsch, who has recently come up with a documentary Bully, as per a latest report.
August 27, 2012

Find out who called my child: Cyberstalking, bullying exposed (Video)
In the last few years, you may have heard the words bullying or cyberstalking in the news quite a bit.
August 26, 2012

Pulse of The People: We can save lives
Did you know that nearly 37,000 people die by suicide each year in the United States? That's one person every 14 minutes.
August 26, 2012

Area schools spread the world about suicide prevention
Harshness can be a contributing factor to youth suicide, a persistent tragedy that is often so difficult to deal with, it is hushed up.
August 26, 2012

Strangulation now a felony in Virginia
Strangulation is one of the lethal warning signs in teen dating abuse and in domestic violence. As of July 1, 2012, in the State of Virginia attempting to strangle someone is a class 6 felony.
August 26, 2012

Grassroots Teen Peer Support on Twitter
You’ve seen Charles Schulz‘s classic Peanuts cartoon featuring Charlie Brown seated in front of Lucy at a makeshift stand with a sign reading “Psychiatric Help: 5 cents.” He tells her his problems and she gives bad advice. It’s funny, in a comic strip.
August 24, 2012

Verizon Wireless Donates $15K to Rose Brooks Center For Teen Dating Violence Prevention
We announced this week that the Verizon Foundation has donated $15,000 to Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City, MO through our Healthy Relationships partnership with the agency.
August 24, 2012

Forsyth County Schools Put Anti-Bullying Ads On Buses: See Something? Say Something?
Winston-Salem, NC - With school approaching, the 10 or 15 minute school bus ride can determine the rest of a child's day.
August 23, 2012

Bullied bus monitor using donations to fight bullying
After receiving more than $700,000 in donations following the release of a viral video of her being viciously taunted by a group of middle school students, Karen Klein has used the money to launch an anti-bullying foundation.
August 23, 2012

Colo. girl bullied out of her elementary school
A family in Vail, Colo. says their 9-year-old daughter is the constant target of bullies. Instead of doing something about it, her parents claim administrators recommended she transfer schools.
August 23, 2012

Lady Gaga promises her social network sites safe from bullies (Video)
Lady Gaga plans to step up her efforts to fight online bullying by banning bullies and sexual predators from her social networking sites.
August 18, 2012

Teen Anti Cyber Bully Campaign Goes Viral
OSSEO, MN-- Seventeen-year-old Kevin Curwick, an Osseo High School football team captain, is using Twitter to fight cyber bullies and compliment his classmates, but much to his surprise, now people across the world are returning the favor.
August 18, 2012 

MURRIETA: No Bully Boot Camp teaches art of defense
Thomas Balka's two daughters Erin, 9, and Leslie, 8, may not be not the best candidates for a boot camp that teaches kids how to avoid bullies.
August 18, 2012

Teen alcohol increases fighting, suicide
Parents should talk to their kids about the risks of alcohol, which can include violent and suicidal behavior, U.S. health officials say.
August 17, 2012

The Stop Bullying Video Challenge
Recently the U.S. Department of Human services has launched an anti-bullying challenge program to assist youth in assisting, rather than just being another bystander who watches the bullying behavior without doing anything about it.
August 17, 2012

Anti-bullying ads on TV, online will urge parents not to let kids be bystanders
WASHINGTON — Parents are urged to teach their kids to speak up if they witness school bullying in new ads that target an issue that top Obama administration officials vow to make a national priority.
August 7, 2012

Tips for bully-proofing your child this school year
Do you have a child starting middle school this month who is worried about bullies? How can parents help their children not only deal with bullies in a safe way, but also not develop into bullies themselves?
August 7, 2012

Auburn suicide-prevention program helping soldiers cope, heal
While the nation struggles to reverse the growing trend of soldiers committing suicide, a Natomas veteran is crediting a local prevention program with saving his life.
August 7, 2012

Watch Native Cry Outreach Alliance’s Gripping PSA for Natives Contemplating Suicide
Native Cry Outreach Alliance, an organization dedicated to suicide prevention within the Native American community, has produced a gripping new public service announcement (PSA) aimed at Natives who are considering taking their own lives.
August 7, 2012

Sears Tackles America's Bullying Epidemic Head-On
As kids head back to school, retailer launches Team Up to Stop Bullying: a first-ever national coalition of bullying solutions partners and celebrity ambassadors
August 1, 2012


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