Monday, December 10, 2012
Patch readers voted in a poll which asked, are schools doing enough to stop hazing, bullying?
In our Patch poll last week, Patch readers were asked, are schools doing enough to stop hazing, bullying? Recent incidents at Hoffman Estates High School, located in District 211, and Maine West High School have prompted much discussion amongst Patch readers. Seventeen percent of the total voters said yes, the ultimate responsibility falls on the students and their parents, not the schools, as of Dec. 10. Meanwhile, 82 percent of voters answered no, stating schools are too often a breeding ground for this type of behavior. There were a total of 80 comments on Arlington Heights Patch about this issue. Several are featured below: GuitarMan: Our community is at fault, just as much as schools are. We shrink from telling others they are …
"Palatine's Promise" is a movement at the high school to promote respect and acceptance. In light of recent hazing and bullying incidents in D211 and nearby high school districts, the program is timely in addressing the issue.
Palatine High School has implemented an initiative called Palatine's Promise, in an effort to discourage bullying, by promoting acceptance and respect for others. Recent hazing and/or bullying incidents have occurred both in Maine West and Hoffman Estates high schools. Two recent Palatine Promise events at the Palatine High School included Lunchapalooza and "Do Don't Be Rude," both of which focused on accepting others, despite differences. "This year really focuses on getting along with others even if you don't like them," said Eric Smith, Palatine High School counselor. "A lot of activities are to help our students get along. "Lunchapalooza" included a number of different activities over a week's time. Student talent shows, joint …
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Three plaintiffs were added to a lawsuit against Maine West High School that alleges coaches condoned hazing.
A lawsuit against Maine West High School alleges that students were hazed and bullied, sometimes at the behest of coaches of some athletic teams. A police investigation into a hazing incident this year led to charges against six students. During a “campus run” the boy’s teammates grabbed him, according to the lawsuit, tore off his underwear, held him down so he could not resist, grabbed his testicles and sodomized him with their fingers and other foreign objects. Des Plaines police told the Chicago Sun-Times that they sought felony charges in the case, but Cook County prosecutors disagreed. Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence for the more serious charges and settled on misdemeanors, the Sun-Times reported. Since that initial …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Two-time gold medal gymnast, Gabby Douglas talks about being bullied.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Dee Dee Sutherland teaches elementary students how to STOP bullying.
Bullies beware. Harper College held an anti-bullying seminar Tuesday with author Dee Dee Sutherland whose book, There’s Always A Bully, teaches children how to effectively deal with bullying situations at school. Children in attendance also were given the chance to participate in a workshop where they came up with methods to deal with bullies. Sutherland said that as a child she was bullied, and at the time bullying was not an issue that was given much attention. Now she says that she is the mother of a bullied son, though she isn’t surprised. Sutherland said there is a bullying epidemic in today’s culture, but schools are beginning to take bullying more seriously. “Bullying has destroyed so many lives,” Sutherland said. “And this is such …
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Ideas to help your kids talk about and deal with bullying
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Sue Kirchner
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
President Obama and Michelle Obama recently hosted a conference at the White House on preventing bullying. About 150 students, parents and teachers met at the conference to discuss their experiences with bullying as well as what schools and communities are doing to stop it. With the rash of teen suicides and bullying targeting young girls, those with disabilities, kids of different ethnic origins or nationalities – there is too much damage being done to our children and it must stop. Obama said children shouldn't have to accept bullying as an inevitable part of growing up. The President focused on individual actions to stop bullying even though there are a variety of anti-bullying bills pending in both the state and federal legislatures, …