WORTH READING: An Insightful Article on the Scope and Causes of Bullying

This article is somewhat dated (2008) but still is a very useful resource and worth reading. You can read the whole thing at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Bullying takes twisted turn for the worse

Regan McMahon, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, August 17, 2008

Oakland first-grader Zachary Cataldo suffered a skull fracture when a fifth-grader allegedly slammed him against a tree in April as he waited to be picked up after school at Piedmont Avenue Elementary.

Novato middle-school student Olivia Gardner was bullied so mercilessly after having had an epileptic seizure at school that her mother transferred her to another school – twice.

Thirteen-year-old Missouri eighth-grader Megan Meier committed suicide in 2006 after she was victimized by an Internet hoax designed to humiliate her. Lori Drew, 49, a neighbor who allegedly collaborated with her daughter and a teenage employee to create a fictional boy to pursue and then reject Megan on the social networking Web site MySpace, was indicted in May for violating federal computer hacking laws.

These recent headline-grabbing stories show a range of bullying behavior, from physical violence to a campaign of insults and intimidation to cyber-bullying, the latest method of bullying; Internet-aided, it can be used to manipulate, embarrass, harass, smear, taunt or threaten a student or stir up hate anonymously.

“(Cyber-bullying) has taken bullying to a whole other level,” said Rhonda Fugazi, a psychotherapist and school counselor at San Francisco’s Ecole Notre Dame des Victoires. “It’s easy, and it’s anonymous.”

See the full article.


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