Last year, a teenager named “Alexei” (not his real name) was aimlessly surfing the web from his home in Moscow when he came across a curious collection of YouTube videos. Each clip featured different people, but they all followed the same basic script: a middle-aged man enters the scene expecting to have sex with a teenage boy he met on a dating website. Instead, he’s greeted by a group of young Russians who proceed to lecture, humiliate, and abuse him.
Truly disturbing acts like these are why people like noted actor Stephen Fry are demanding the International Olympic Committee either cancel or relocate the 2014 Winter Olympics, rather than endanger any/all gay men and women planning to travel to Sochi next year.
My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police. She was my daughter, but she was your daughter too. For the love of God do something.
Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons • In a new op-ed/statement published by the Huffington Post on Thursday. Parsons died on Sunday night, following a suicide attempt which is believed to have been the result of extensive post-rape bullying. Be warned, while we definitely think more people should see the grieving father’s words, you won’t find an easy read behind the source link. source
Something about me being so fat and ugly your kids probably should commit suicide. I don’t think they knew my son had … I wanted to punch them is what I wanted to do. So that’s why I laid back, tried to ignore it. Because I really wanted to hurt them, you know? You can’t do that!
Greece, N.Y. bus monitor Karen Klein • Discussing her anger with the students who relentlessly berated her in a hard-to-watch video that went viral yesterday. (Particularly with how they said her kids should kill themselves; her son had committed suicide ten years prior.) Despite her anger, she held off, choosing not to fight back despite the unbelievably mean things they were saying to her. After the video went viral, someone started a charity drive to send her on vacation which also went viral. Klein, a former bus driver, makes roughly $15,000 a year as a bus monitor; the charity drive, thus far, has raised $164,821 (and climbing), which might do more than send her on vacation — it might allow her to quit her job. Which, based on that video, might be a good idea.
bullier? Because, hey, Obama wrote a book describing his childhood, conservative commentators such as Sean Hannity are looking at an incident where the president admits to teasing and shoving a young girl. Can we all agree that Mitt Romney and Obama made mistakes as kids, and moved beyond them? source
Today’s Sioux City Journal devoted their full front page to an editorial about a gay teen who recently committed suicide. On the death of 14-year-old Kenneth Weishuhn, which the paper called “a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy,” the paper had this to say: "This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe even painful — to address. But we can’t keep looking away." A must-read that offers concrete solutions to a major cultural problem; check it out for yourself. (page via Newseum; thanks sarahlee310 for spotting)
I’m just glad that we held strong. I think this is a great resolution. We are getting so much interest to see the film, and this makes it much easier for schools to get behind it.
"Bully" director Lee Hirsch • Discussing the MPAA’s decision to make the film PG-13 upon its expansion nationwide starting April 13. Hirsch was able to keep a key scene in the film, but edited out three uses of a profanity. The movie, originally rated R, was rated as such because of its usage of profanity: The original cut of the film had six uses of a certain profanity. The key scene, where the word is used three times, will remain unedited.
These are real people, telling their real stories. I think it could create a big change, and it could potentially save lives if kids are allowed to see it.
Teen activist Katy Butler • Discussing her Change.org campaign to encourage the MPAA to change the rating of the documentary “Bully,” intended for teen audiences, from R to PG-13. Butler’s campaign has put her in a position where she’s talked to lawmakers, done interviews and even was invited to speak at a discussion about the film by the MPAA, where she said this about the R rating: “The kids can’t go to see the movie by themselves — and, honestly, how many 13-, 14-, 15-year-olds want to go to the movies with their parents? That’s just not cool.” Did the MPAA make the wrong move with the film’s rating?
Jerry Sandusky’s collateral damage? Why this track coach got fired: Thom Hunter unknowingly coached “Victim one,” who recently dropped out. Hunter lost his job before the scandal broke. Why? He encouraged the boy not to give up on running. School officials decided this entered the friend zone. source
Alleged Jerry Sandusky victim quits school after getting bullied
awful A number of reported victims of alleged child molester Jerry Sandusky were reported to have dealt with various unspeakable things in a grand jury report released a while back.
awfuler The first victim on the report, referred to as “Victim One,” has dealt with brutal harassment at his high school due to Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s firing, a result of Sandusky’s arrest.
awfulest The student — a senior with just half a year left — had to withdraw from school as a result of the bullying. Protip, teens: It’s not a victim’s fault when a someone gets fired in a cover-up. source
I didn’t realize how many people he touched. He was the sweetest, kindest kid you’d ever know. He would give all his heart to you before he gave any to himself.
Tracy Rodemeyer • Discussing her 14-year-old son Jamey, who took his own life this week. He was bullied in school for many years for his perceived homosexuality; he recorded his own “It Gets Better” video and was called “outwardly upbeat and extroverted” by his peers. But clearly, this wasn’t enough. Buffalo News writer Sandra Tan asks aloud the one question that needed to be asked: “Given Jamey’s prolific writings and raw commentaries online, could someone have intervened sooner and saved him?” source(via • follow)
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