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11-Year-Old Girl Charged in 'Swirly Gone Wrong'

Lanira Tackett's parents call it premeditated assault

(Newser) - A first-grader is recovering after an older schoolmate apparently smashed her head several times against a school toilet—in what police are calling a "swirly" gone wrong, KFVS-12 reports. Authorities tell Fox 5 Atlanta that 6-year-old Lanira Tackett was dragged into a bathroom stall Thursday at Oakland Elementary School... More »

Bullied 12-Year-Old Commits Suicide

Evan Ziemniak hanged himself

(Newser) - A community in suburban Pittsburgh is grappling with the loss of a 12-year-old boy who committed suicide, his family says, because he was bullied. Evan Ziemniak of North Fayette, Pa., hanged himself on March 23 and was declared dead at a nearby hospital, the New York Daily News reports. Hundreds... More »

Slew of Accusations Emerge Against Trump Campaign Manager

Sources say Corey Lewandowski roughs up reporters, is 'sexually suggestive': Politico

(Newser) - The Trump campaign manager embroiled in a dispute with an ex-Breitbart reporter who says he assaulted her apparently isn't much beloved within his own circle, either, with some staffers even planning a coup last month, sources tell Politico . Labeled by Roll Call as a "seasoned political operative" known... More »

School Accidentally Emails 'Whiners' Form to Parents

Snarky 'Hurt Feelings Report' blasted out by mistake

(Newser) - File under really bad email blunders: A staff member at Wilmington, Delaware's Lombardy Elementary School blasted out an event email that included the wrong attachment—a blank "Hurt Feelings Report," the News Journal reports. Set up to resemble a bullying complaint form, the snarky document's "... More »

Anger Over Son's Bullying Spurs Moving Facebook Post

MaryAnn Parisi explains why her 11-year-old is different

(Newser) - MaryAnn Parisi's 11-year-old son, Michael, has been bullied before, but on Monday, what the 36-year-old Connecticut mom heard from her son's 6th-grade teachers pushed her over the edge. "Michael, he told his teacher 'It's OK, I'm getting used to [the bullying],'" after... More »

Two 11-Year-Olds Die by Suicide in Colorado

Cops don't know if tragic deaths are connected

(Newser) - These are troubling times for parents in Fort Collins, Colo., where two 11-year-old children took their own lives within days of each other. The suicide of a girl in sixth grade at Lincoln Middle School last Monday was followed by the Saturday night suicide of a boy who attended Blevins... More »

Couple Lives Like Victorians, Internet Sneers

Sarah Chrisman says she simply loves the lifestyle, but others are calling her out

(Newser) - If someone wants to dress every day in a corset, store perishables in an icebox, and forgo electricity and other modern comforts, she should be able to do so without fear of reprisal. That's Sarah Chrisman's take in her Vox essay , in which she defends the Victorian-era lifestyle... More »

Family of Bullied Teen Sues Town Over His Suicide

They say schools didn't do enough to support and protect him

(Newser) - The parents of a 15-year-old who killed himself in 2013 after years of "unremitting bullying" have sued their Connecticut town and its board of education, accusing them of ignoring the problem and their own anti-bullying policy, NBC New York reports. According to the Greenwich Time , Bartlomeij "Bart" Palosz... More »

11-Year-Old Reads Cruel Comments About Himself

... to make a point against bullying

(Newser) - Logan Fairbanks and his dad have posted a lot of videos on YouTube, and the 11-year-old couldn't help but notice the cruel taunts being directed his way. He convinced his reluctant dad, Josh, to allow him to make a video in which he reads some of them, reports ABC... More »

Celebs Offer Reward After Twisted Ice Bucket Prank

Autistic Ohio teen had feces, urine dumped on head

(Newser) - Drew Carey has offered $10,000 to help find a group of Cleveland-area teenagers who humiliated an autistic boy with their twisted take on the ALS ice bucket challenge. The 14-year-old's mother contacted police after discovering that the group of teens had used the boy's phone to record... More »

Boy's Organ Donation Rejected Because He's Gay

Family of Alexander Betts Jr couldn't give his eyes away

(Newser) - Alexander Betts Jr's heart, liver, kidneys, and lungs all went to recipients when he died following a suicide attempt last year. His eyes, however, did not—because Betts was gay, the Washington Post reports. "My initial feeling was just very angry because I couldn’t understand why my... More »

Sheriff: Angry Mom Throttles Alleged Bully

Delia Garcia-Bratcher is charged with injuring a child

(Newser) - A California mom went vigilante on Friday by grabbing and shoving an alleged 12-year-old bully on school grounds, authorities say. Delia Garcia-Bratcher, 30, was visiting Olivet Charter Elementary School in Santa Rosa, Calif., at lunchtime and asked her 10-year-old son to point out his tormenter. Seeing him, she grabbed his... More »

Thousands of Bullying Victims Pack Guns to School

And knives and clubs too, study says

(Newser) - Bullied high-school students are bringing hundreds of thousands of clubs, knives, and guns onto school grounds—at a time when student-on-student violence has stunned and baffled the nation, NBC News reports. According to data extrapolated from a CDC survey , bullying victims who are injured or threatened by a weapon at... More »

Effects of Bullying Last Into Middle Age

Researchers say bullied kids more likely to be depressed adults

(Newser) - It's not a revelation that bullying takes a toll—mental, physical, or both—on kids who are victims. But a major new British study suggests that the ill effects are still evident right through age 50, reports Reuters . Middle-aged adults who were bullied as kids tend to be in... More »

Cops Make Arrest in Cyberbullying Suicide

Netherlands man, 35, allegedly blackmailed Canadian teen Amanda Todd

(Newser) - Netherlands police have arrested a 35-year-old man who allegedly blackmailed a Canadian teenager over nude photos before she killed herself , reports the CBC . Amanda Todd's case drew international headlines because of a YouTube video the 15-year-old posted before her death in 2012 detailing her ordeal. A Netherlands report says... More »

Boy Records Kids Bullying Him, Gets Charged for It

Now his parents are pursuing a civil lawsuit

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania high school student who recorded alleged bullying on an iPad was punished for his efforts—and now his parents are fighting back. The 15-year-old boy, who has learning disabilities, recorded his tormenters in class after enduring regular bullying, his mother tells the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review . South Fayette High School... More »

Guy With 'I Am a Bully' Sign: Judge Is Being Mean to Me

Edmond Aviv does not like holding 'I AM A BULLY' sign at intersection

(Newser) - Edmond Aviv, 62, has a really hard time playing nice in the sandbox: He likes to yell racist slurs at little kids in his neighborhood, especially if they're disabled in some way, regularly smeared a neighbor's car with dog poop, has dumped fabric softener all over a lawn,... More »

Ohio Man's Sentence: Carry 'I'm A Bully' Sign

Edmond Aviv, 62, convicted of harassing his neighbors

(Newser) - A South Euclid, Ohio, man has been ordered by a judge to stand on a street corner this weekend and hold a sign, letting everyone passing by know that he's a bully. The unusual sentence was handed down this past week when 62-year-old Edmond Aviv was convicted of harassing... More »

Dad Seeks Restraining Order Against Son's Bully

But school is balking for now

(Newser) - A father in northern California who says his 9-year-old son was bullied at school has taken a dramatic step to protect him: Stephen Feuder has filed for a restraining order against the alleged bully. One hitch: The school district has refused to release the boy's name and address to... More »

School Bans Boy's My Little Pony Backpack

Says it's a 'trigger for bullying'

(Newser) - Another little boy is being bullied over his love for My Little Pony —but in this case, his school has taken controversial action. Grayson Bruce, 9, is no longer allowed to bring his My Little Pony backpack to his North Carolina elementary school, he and his mom, Noreen, tell... More »

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