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Ariana Grande Shuts It Down

The singer was blamed on Instagram for Mac Miller's death

(Newser) - Ariana Grande has had enough. Blamed by some Instagram followers for ex-boyfriend Mac Miller's death on Friday, the 25-year-old disabled comments on her social media feed, reports People . Commenters hurled lowballs like "You lowkey evil," "Damn u killed the homie," and "I HOPE YOURE... More »

Toddlers Can Spot This Unflattering Trait

Study suggests they can distinguish between bullies and authentic leaders

(Newser) - A new study suggests that even toddlers know the difference between an authentic leader and a bully—and they're willing to defy the bully if they can safely do so. The study out of the University of Illinois and published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences ... More »

Mom: 9-Year-Old Killed Himself After Being Bullied for 4 Days

Jamel Myles started 4th grade on Monday, was dead on Thursday

(Newser) - The Denver Police Department is investigating a Thursday death in the city as a suicide, and the deceased is a child. KDVR reports on the death of 9-year-old Jamel Myles; mom Leia Pierce says her son started fourth grade at Joe Shoemaker Elementary School last Monday and took his own... More »

Miss America: This Is How Bad the Bullying Got

Cara Mund details her accusations as a former Miss Denver takes her side

(Newser) - "The treatment just kept getting worse and I kept thinking to myself, 'Is it my fault?'" That's Miss America Cara Mund talking about the alleged mistreatment she endured at the hands of two top officials at the pageant organization, per the Hollywood Reporter . Alleged bully... More »

'People Were Terrified': Empathy Expert Is Accused of Bullying

Tania Singer takes a sabbatical amid flurry of workplace stories

(Newser) - A celebrated neuroscientist known for her work on human empathy is now being called a workplace bully who can reduce colleagues to tears, the Cut reports. Tania Singer, director of the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences in Leipzig, Germany, has taken a sabbatical to "calm... More »

Critics on Netflix's 'Revenge Comedy': Shut It Down

Some say 'Insatiable,' about a once-overweight teen, engages in 'body shaming'

(Newser) - The trailer for a new Netflix show dropped last week, but instead of generating excitement, it has spurred a petition calling for the show's cancellation. More than 113,000 people have signed the Change.org appeal to nix Insatiable, starring Disney Channel darling Debby Ryan as a once-obese teen,... More »

Her Principal Gave Her a Poker Chip. Hours Later, She Was Dead

Mallory Grossman's parents sue, say school's failures led to bullied 12-year-old taking her life

(Newser) - "It changes your DNA," Dianne Grossman told reporters Tuesday. The New Jersey mother was speaking on the suicide of her 12-year-old daughter, Mallory, who died last June after what her parents say was a relentless bullying campaign by classmates at Copeland Middle School. Now, per the Star-Ledger , Grossman... More »

Ex-Bosses Go on Trial After Office Suicides

France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, is among them

(Newser) - Several top executives of a French telecom are slated to stand trial for employees who killed themselves in what prosecutors have called a culture of "moral harassment," the BBC reports. France Telecom's former CEO, Didier Lombard, and six managers are facing $35,000 fines and two years... More »

Photo of Female Worker Bound in Duct Tape Horrifies Scotland

DeeAnn Fitzpatrick says male co-workers at government agency created toxic environment

(Newser) - She said her co-workers made fun of her for having a miscarriage, hurled sexist and racist language at her and others, and then, the final straw: They duct-taped her to a chair and gagged her. Now, per the New York Times , DeeAnn Fitzpatrick will get her day in court. The... More »

Seniors Learn Painful Truth About Bullying

It's not usually physical, but it's nasty

(Newser) - Bullying doesn't end as we enter our golden years, apparently. The AP has uncovered incidents of cruelty at senior centers and housing complexes that highlight the surprising ways elderly people bully one another. "There's the clique system just like everywhere else," says Betsy Gran, who once... More »

School Closed Over Threatening Post on Ex-NFLer's Instagram

Post on Jonathan Martin's account tagged 2 ex-teammates he accused of bullying him

(Newser) - A Los Angeles prep school was closed Friday and a former NFL player detained by police over an Instagram post showing a gun and shells on a bed, Deadspin reports. According to the Los Angeles Times , the image was posted to a verified Instagram account belonging to ex-offensive lineman Jonathan... More »

Teen Suspended Over Viral Anti-Bullying Video

Emily Gipson recorded video following fellow student's apparent suicide

(Newser) - "We're expected to forgive the bullies because the authorities are sure they didn't mean it," Emily Gipson says in a YouTube video posted Jan. 22. "Sometimes I wonder how many kids it takes dying to make a difference." The 16-year-old sophomore at Tennessee's... More »

Girl Complained About Bullying, Killed Herself Minutes Later

2 kids now charged with cyberstalking

(Newser) - While suspended from school for an alleged fight, 12-year-old Gabriella "Gabbie" Green walked into her mother's bedroom on Jan. 10 to complain about "girl drama" and the "particularly heavy" harassment she was receiving from classmates. Forty minutes later, she was found dead of a suicide that'... More »

Girl Known for Australian Hat Ads Commits Suicide

Amy 'Dolly' Everett was 14

(Newser) - Featured in an ad campaign for Australian hat company Akubra when she was 8, Amy "Dolly" Everett was the face of the unmistakable outback hat, the BBC reports. Last week, at the age of 14, Dolly killed herself. "I know for some suicide is considered cowardly but I... More »

Viral Bullying Video Now Caught Up in Backlash

Mother of Keaton Jones fending off charges of racism over Confederate flag photos

(Newser) - A feel-good story about a bullied kid drawing support from all over has turned into a mess. The mother of Keaton Jones is now trying to fend off a backlash that ensued after social media images emerged showing her and the family posing with a Confederate flag. "It was... More »

Bullied Boy Gets Amazing Show of Support

His anti-bullying video went viral, reached celebrities

(Newser) - "They make fun of my nose, they call me ugly," Tennessee middle schooler Keaton Jones says in a heartbreaking anti-bullying video originally uploaded to Facebook Friday. "I have no friends." But after the video was shared more than 430,000 times and viewed more than 20... More »

Parents: Our 10-Year-Old Girl Hanged Self Over Video

Ashawnty Davis' family blames bullying at school

(Newser) - Ashawnty Davis was a happy girl who loved basketball and hoped to one day play in the WNBA. But that was before a video showing the 10-year-old fighting with a fellow student at school was posted to social media, say her parents. Already the victim of bullying, Ashawnty endured further... More »

Mom Sent Child to School With Recorder, Now Faces Felony

Sarah Sims says Virginia school hadn't addressed bullying concerns around her 9-year-old daughter

(Newser) - She says she only wanted to protect her daughter. Sarah Sims now faces the prospect of years behind bars after she sent her daughter to school with a digital audio recorder. Sims tells WAVY she first called and emailed administrators at Ocean View Elementary School in Norfolk, Va., to discuss... More »

Marine Instructor Gets 10 Years for Tormenting Recruits

Joseph Felix will get a dishonorable discharge

(Newser) - A Marine Corps drill instructor has been sentenced to 10 years behind bars after being convicted of tormenting and abusing young recruits , especially Muslim-Americans, including one who later killed himself. A military jury also ordered Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Felix, a 34-year-old Iraq veteran, to forfeit all pay, be demoted to... More »

Alarming Trend Among Teens: 'Digital Self-Harm'

6% of children surveyed said they'd engaged in 'self-cyberbullying'

(Newser) - Cyberbullying is a huge problem among teens—and an alarming new study finds that sometimes, kids inflict the bullying on themselves. Researchers surveyed almost 5,600 US students between the ages of 12 and 17, and around 6% reported they had engaged in what researchers are calling "self-cyberbullying" or... More »

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