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12/12 - Bullying in Louisiana (ENCORE PRESENTATION)

12/12 - Bullying in Louisiana (ENCORE PRESENTATION)

How can students, parents and teachers stand up to this aggressive behavior?

Over the last year, Louisiana has seen three high profile suicides linked to bullying at school. A new anti-bullying state law took effect this school year, but is the statute too broad in its definition of bullying or not inclusive enough? How can students, parents and teachers stand up to this aggressive behavior?

“Louisiana Public Square” goes on the road to New Roads to investigate the answers to these questions and more, on an encore presentation of “Bullying in Louisiana” Wednesday, December 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD..

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By taking EVERY concern that is brought to our attention seriously and investigate all aspects.

Posted by Carolyn Jean Batiste  on  12/26  at  12:03 PM

I am the ISS facilitator at my local Elementary school now for three years. I have dealt with bullying daily. However,  I have implemented a character building program in my class to help all issues as with bullying,  willful disobedience, stealing, etc… I have also found that students with these issues have other unforeseen problems at home, at school, drugs, low self esteem,  no structure etc.  I also would like to mention to the panel and Senator Ward about putting the ISS facilitator on salary with benefits instead of being paid as a substitute teacher of 55.00 per day. I love my students first and foremost but with extra resources avail to us we could def have a better program at my school.

Posted by tanya avery  on  12/26  at  08:48 PM

In watching the LPB presentation on Bullying, I was amazed and somewhat discouraged by the incredible level of naiveté exhibited by panel members and their inability to express clearly concrete thoughts, knowledge, and information about this subject of tremendous importance, actually life and death for some.

Bullying shares many aspects of gang behavior which is much more widely exhibited and even celebrated in our society at large, behaviors such as belonging, having power over, instilling fear and terror in others, controlling another by means of fear, being above the laws and morés of the community and many other gang type behaviors. Such gang type behaviors are prevalent and available to all ages on television, in news reports, in movies, in video and online “games,” in books, by the examples of older children, teens, and adults. Many of these examples may be rated as not suitable for various ages which for the most part makes them even more desirable, sought after, and obtained by any and all ages.

The behavior, comments, and activities of many parents, teachers, administrators, congressional and other national figures, corporate leaders, wall street moguls—to name a few—publicize and celebrate the power/winner take all model for life.

Because of all the required curriculum, “teaching to the test,” and extensive online reports, there is little time or emphasis on character building and desired behavior norms. International Baccalaureate programs have excellent ways of including and implementing character, personality, and behavior development into their classrooms. 

Much bullying is secretive so that others, especially adults, are not aware of it. Lying is much more prevalent now so bullying activities are readily denied by those who bully. Those who are victims of bullying fear the consequences from bullies so will not acknowledge it to an adult. Many who observe bullying also fear acknowledging or reporting it for fear of reprisal.

Schools today have larger and more varied populations which bring both positive and negative challenges. Many parents and families are far less involved with and attentive to their children’s education and development. Some cultures, schools, and families have harsher and louder styles of dealing with children so that more traditional behavior management and skills are no longer as effective. Teachers are not necessarily trained and skilled in knowing how to deal with these wider variations in background.

These comments are based on my experience in being a teacher, a parent, a community leader in various communities, an Episcopal priest, now retired, and a substitute teacher in the Caddo Parish Public Schools.

(The Rev.) Sarah M. (Sally) Fox

Posted by Sally Fox  on  12/30  at  10:03 PM

To extend the dialogue about bullying, I would suggest a panel that includes adult survivors of bullying so that they may bring insight to the effects of harassment on mental and general health long term. Research has shown that adults who experienced pervasive, systematic, recurrent and repetitive harassment during a period of their lives experience PTSD and anxiety and depression long term. Neuroscience with new technology is showing the effects of harassment and the high levels of stress that it causes and how it effects the structure and functioning of the brain, in essence, causing brain damage. Bullying should be treated the same as if someone physically assaults someone not only in schools but also in workplaces or any other place in society. Also, it is not just about the bully and the victim, wannabee bullies or people who just don’t understand harassment take part once the victim begins to experience the health effects of it, high stress and anxiety.

Posted by Tina Smith  on  01/02  at  10:46 AM

My son was attacked by a bully in the 6th grade age 11.  the boy hit my son and then my son hit him back. The police were called and arrested them both. When I went to pick him up at 3:00 he was not there. No one called me to tell me about the arrest which happened at 10:am.. The principal told me he had been arrested and was at juvenile hall. My son has been in spark since 3rd grade. Never been in trouble. The bully called him a queer because he made all A’s.. Now my son is 28 years old. The entire process of handcuffs and being put in a cell has left him a completely different child.  He went to LSU and now is a Law Student in Chicago. But the saddest thing is he goes nowhere. He befriends no one. He avoids conflick at all costs.  He has never drank, never been in a night club. On his 21st birthday he went out to dinner and was home by 9:00… I paid a therapist to help me understand this and he said arresting these kids is a horrible experience. The dr. told me that this is stripping these kids kids of a natural growth process. 11 yrs old is a nightmare to be thrown in a cell.  No one talked to him at school, No one knows what this has done to my son.  I worry about him all the time. He breaks NO RULES. He doesn’t date because he had a guy approach him about the girl being HIS GIRL>  What should I do   WHO KNOWS…. Thanks to the School System. Who has done nothing.  I went to the school board meeting and was told if I went to the media my son would be kicked out of school. ...This isn’t about color its about the schools too lazy to deal with our kids, so they send them off to jail..  11 yrs old has affected my only son for the rest of his life.

Posted by Alyne Champagne  on  01/06  at  10:52 PM

I am the Bully Prevention Facilitator for Belle Chasse Academy.  It is a K8 school on the naval base in Belle Chasse.  We recently hosted a program called bySTANDER, A Portrait in Apathy.  It is a program where middle school students are pre-selected to rehearse and perform over the course of a week.  On performance day, students view an impacting power point focusing on the cost of just “standing by” and doing nothing. It ends with a student-led discussion on “speaking up”. It is a moving program and my students can’t stop talking about it.  This is something every school needs to experience.

Posted by Melissa Licali  on  01/14  at  03:24 PM
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How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?
The ability to read sets the foundation of who we are and what we can be. Through reading we expand our world, learn new things and increase our base of knowledge. In fact, a parent’s reading level is the greatest factor in a child’s academic success. Children who can’t read proficiently by the third grade are four times more likely to drop out of high school.

In Louisiana, 20 percent of adults are illiterate – five points higher than the national rate. How is Louisiana combatting its illiteracy problem across generational lines? How can we make inroads to improve adult literacy in Louisiana and champion a joy of reading from pre-school into adulthood?

Louisiana Public Square: The Power of Reading looks for answers and explores the value of lifelong reading through the lens of the PBS series The Great American Read Wednesday, August 22 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recorded Tuesday, August 14 in the Magnolia Performing Arts Pavilion at Baton Rouge Community College.)

Our panelists are:
- Linda-Marie Barrett, Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA)
- Rebecca Hamilton, MLIS; Louisiana State Librarian
- Danny Heitman; Journalist and Louisiana author
- Miranda Restovic, Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH).
- Gary Robertson; Adult Literacy Advocates

The program features interviews with John Cavalier, owner of Cavalier House Books; Gary Robertson, Executive Director of Adult Literacy Advocates; representatives from the LEH PRIME TIME intergenerational reading program, and Superintendent John White with the Louisiana Department of Education.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and Robyn Merrick, Southern University VP of External Affairs, host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

This episode of Louisiana Public Square is underwritten by Community Coffee’s Cash for Schools Program, the Louisiana Forestry Association, LSU Press and the Southern Independent Booksellers’ Authors Round the South.

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