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1 Bullying Presented by: Tracy Ambuehl Shelley Williams Legal/Ethical-2004

2 What is Bullying? Characterized by the following Characterized by the following -aggressive behavior or intentional “harm doing” -carried out repeatedly and over time; -occurs within an interpersonal relationship by imbalance of power

3 Ways to Bully Physical Physical hitting, kicking, pushing, choking Verbal Verbal name calling, threatening, taunting, malicious teasing, spreading nasty rumors Some others Some others Making faces, obscene gestures, or intentional exclusion from a group

4 Consequences of Bullying Bullying may lead to physical, emotional, or mental injury Bullying may lead to physical, emotional, or mental injury Severe cases may lead to death and lawsuits Severe cases may lead to death and lawsuits

5 Court Cases Wagner vs. Fayetteville School District,1998 Wagner vs. Fayetteville School District,1998 ArkansasArkansas Carol Wagner complained for two years about constant harassment of gay son, WilliCarol Wagner complained for two years about constant harassment of gay son, Willi She filed suit following severe beating of her sonShe filed suit following severe beating of her son Title IX-Outcome-school district held sexual harassment workshops for teachers and studentsTitle IX-Outcome-school district held sexual harassment workshops for teachers and students

6 Court Case Haugstad vs. Standwood-Camano School District, 1999 Washington Washington Taya Haugstad, (cerebral palsy) was constantly harassed a male student Taya Haugstad, (cerebral palsy) was constantly harassed a male student calling retarded, stupid and ramming her wheelchair into the wall calling retarded, stupid and ramming her wheelchair into the wall Outcome-District order to pay $310,000 Outcome-District order to pay $310,000

7 Court Case Anchorage School District vs. Tom 2000 an awkward student and his awkwardness invited the bullying an awkward student and his awkwardness invited the bullying Under the zero-tolerance policy Tom received ISSP following an incident and attempted suicide the next day Under the zero-tolerance policy Tom received ISSP following an incident and attempted suicide the next day Parents filed suit for $33 million for lifetime care due to his vegetative state Parents filed suit for $33 million for lifetime care due to his vegetative state Outcome-district paid $1million, district insurance company paid $3.5 million Outcome-district paid $1million, district insurance company paid $3.5 million

8 Court Case High vs. Pasco School District 2000 Jared has a diagnosis of major depression Jared has a diagnosis of major depression He attempts suicide due to being bullied on many occasions, vegetative state He attempts suicide due to being bullied on many occasions, vegetative state Family sues the School District, school did not do enough Family sues the School District, school did not do enough Family request $33 million for lifetime care of their son Family request $33 million for lifetime care of their son

9 Court Case “Too Close To Home” Jacksonville, February 2004 Jacksonville, February 2004 Bus Beating captured on video tape Bus Beating captured on video tape 7 students charged misdemeanor battery 7 students charged misdemeanor battery Victim’s mother in process of suing Duval County and First Student Victim’s mother in process of suing Duval County and First Student Results are pending Results are pending

10 Policies and Procedures to Promote Safer Schools Title IX Amendment-severe, persistent or pervasive harassment that adversely affects a student’s education or creates a hostile or abusive educational environment Title IX Amendment-severe, persistent or pervasive harassment that adversely affects a student’s education or creates a hostile or abusive educational environment Zero-Tolerance on Violence-these policies are problematic for schools due to no universal agreement on the definition Zero-Tolerance on Violence-these policies are problematic for schools due to no universal agreement on the definition Anti-Bullying Act passed in different states, some states have opposed bill due to inhibiting the free speech and not significant enough to make changes Anti-Bullying Act passed in different states, some states have opposed bill due to inhibiting the free speech and not significant enough to make changes State of Florida specifics: implementing Emergency Planning Standards, Violence Prevention State of Florida specifics: implementing Emergency Planning Standards, Violence Prevention

11 Advocates for Safer Schools As school counselors and other school officials we must promote policies and procedures As school counselors and other school officials we must promote policies and procedures We must protect our youth of today from being victimized We must protect our youth of today from being victimized Challenge yourself and your collaborative team of faculty to be proactive Challenge yourself and your collaborative team of faculty to be proactive CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE, CHALLENGE

12 Did you Know… According to the National Education Association every hour of every day 2,000 students are physically attacked on school grounds According to the National Education Association every hour of every day 2,000 students are physically attacked on school grounds One in five students regularly carries a weapon to school (one carries a gun) One in five students regularly carries a weapon to school (one carries a gun) 160,000 students skip class each day because they fear physical attacks 160,000 students skip class each day because they fear physical attacks 75% of children attending public schools report knowledge of occurrence bullying, physical attack, or robbery, compared to 45% of private school students. 75% of children attending public schools report knowledge of occurrence bullying, physical attack, or robbery, compared to 45% of private school students.

13 References Associated Press (2001). Schools Contend with Complications of Zero Tolerance Policy. Minnesota Issue Watch Associated Press (2001). Schools Contend with Complications of Zero Tolerance Policy. Minnesota Issue Watch Davy, Amiray (2002). Bullying Bill Sparks Debate. The Olmypia Davy, Amiray (2002). Bullying Bill Sparks Debate. The Olmypia Florida Department of Education, Emergency Planning Standards for Florida’s Schools Florida Department of Education, Emergency Planning Standards for Florida’s Schools Freiberg, Peter Deterring Harassment, Washington Blade p.1 Freiberg, Peter Deterring Harassment, Washington Blade p.1 Hughes, Janice Title IX Decision, Washington Blade p.1 Hughes, Janice Title IX Decision, Washington Blade p.1 Pesznecker, Kati Advocacy Pesznecker, Kati Advocacy Pinkham, P & Garza C.L. (2004). Student’s Mom to Sue in Bus Attack, The Florida Times-Union Pinkham, P & Garza C.L. (2004). Student’s Mom to Sue in Bus Attack, The Florida Times-Union Skolnik, Sam (2000). Disabled Girl Abused by Bully Wins $310,000 Court Judgement, Seattle PI News Source Skolnik, Sam (2000). Disabled Girl Abused by Bully Wins $310,000 Court Judgement, Seattle PI News Source Toomey, Lisa (2004, October). Stop Bullying. Available: Toomey, Lisa (2004, October). Stop Bullying. Available:


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