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Composer Who Made Kid Eat Feces Quits Olympics

Keigo Oyamada resigns from Opening Ceremony

(Newser) - A Japanese composer will no longer be participating in the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, an event for which he wrote music. Keigo Oyamada, who performs as Cornelius and has been likened to American musician Beck, resigned after apologizing for bullying classmates years ago, the Washington Post reports....

After Suicide, Schools to Pay Parents $3M

Third grader Gabriel Taye was repeatedly beaten by students

(Newser) - Gabriel Taye's classmates beat, kicked, and bullied him, even leaving him unconscious, his parents say. School administrators were dismissive of his injuries, telling Gabriel's parents that he'd knocked two teeth loose in a playground accident, and attributed his being punched in the face by two students to...

Chrissy Teigen Responds to Courtney Stodden Bullying Claims

'I'm mortified and sad at who I used to be'

(Newser) - Courtney Stodden, the young beauty pageant queen who made headlines after marrying 50-something actor Doug Hutchison when she was just 16, recently sat down with the Daily Beast to talk about what she says was a "psychologically and mentally" abusive relationship with her now ex-husband. But Stodden, 26, also...

Family Alleges 'Racially Motivated' Attack Against Boy at Sleepover

Black 13-year-old allegedly shot at with BBs, made to drink urine, called the n-word

(Newser) - School and law enforcement officials in Texas are investigating after a Black boy was allegedly called the n-word and homophobic slurs, shot with BB guns, and made to drink urine during a sleepover at a friend's house. SeMarion Humphrey, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Haggard Middle School, went to...

Sources: Markle Bullied Staff at Kensington Palace

Duchess of Sussex says she's 'saddened' by claims, which she and Harry call 'smear campaign'

(Newser) - Prince Harry and his wife, Meghan Markle, are now speaking out more on the rough environment that prompted them to pseudo-defect from the royal family and England. Now, sources tell the Times of London that Markle herself was accused of bullying, via a complaint filed by one of her staff...

Mandalorian Star's Beef With Disney Continues Over Firing

Gina Carano star wants to know why co-star Pedro Pascal didn't get fired for his 2018 tweet

(Newser) - Gina Carano already has a new gig lined up , but that doesn't mean the Mandalorian star has moved on from her battle with Disney over her firing . Per USA Today , the 38-year-old actor sat down with conservative radio host Ben Shapiro on Sunday, and she wasn't apologetic over...

Nike Japan Ad Garners Praise and Outrage

The video explores racism and bullying in Japan

(Newser) - Another day, another controversy—this one brought to you by Nike Japan. A video posted on the company's Twitter feed shows three teenage girls of different backgrounds facing discrimination or bullying. One is Japanese, one Korean, and one has a Black father and Japanese mother. Each faces unique challenges...

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NHL Team Drops Prospect
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NHL Team Drops Prospect Over His Actions as a Teen

Arizona Coyotes ditch Mitchell Miller after report about abuse of Black classmate with disabilities

(Newser) - Three weeks ago, the Arizona Coyotes selected an 18-year-old freshman at the University of North Dakota in the NHL draft. On Thursday, the team renounced its rights to Mitchell Miller after an Arizona newspaper detailed the abuse case he was involved in as an 8th-grader in Sylvania, Ohio. The details:...

Boy's Suicide Linked to Macabre Online Challenge

But media reports should be viewed with some skepticism

(Newser) - A boy's suicide has been linked to a possible online "horror challenge" enticing children to take their own lives—if, that is, such challenges even exist. ANSA reports that an 11-year-old boy killed himself Wednesday by jumping off a balcony at his family's home in Naples, Italy....

Lea Michele Flees Twitter After Former Castmate Disappears

Seems it's related to Naya Rivera's vanishing at a California lake

(Newser) - Lea Michele pulled the plug on her Twitter account Saturday amid trolling over the apparent death of former Glee co-star Naya Rivera, Us Weekly reports. Michele abandoned the site just three days after Rivera, 33, vanished at a California lake with her 4-year-old son, Josey, who turned up alone on...

Glee Star Loses Endorsement Gig After Bullying Claims

HelloFresh cuts ties with Lea Michele after accusations by former co-star Samantha Ware

(Newser) - Mom-to-be Lea Michele is facing up to her "immaturity" on the set of Glee after a former co-star claimed she'd made her experience on the show "a living hell." Samantha Ware, who played Jane Hayward on Glee's final season in 2015, spoke out after Michele...

Police: Shooter in Shopping Area Says He Was Bullied

20-year-old told them he shot 3 people because he wanted respect, officials say

(Newser) - A 20-year-old gunman who opened fire at a suburban Phoenix restaurant and retail complex, injuring three people, wanted to target people in his own age group in retaliation for being bullied, authorities said Thursday. The shooting rampage occurred Wednesday night after Armando Hernandez scoped out Westgate Entertainment District in Glendale,...

Tom Hanks Gives Fitting Gift to Bullied Boy 'Corona'

Corona typewriter was with actor through his coronavirus battle

(Newser) - It's not easy having the name Corona in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. Just ask 8-year-old Corona DeVries, who became the target of verbal attacks from bullies. The boy from Queensland, Australia, was feeling so down that he decided to write to someone else he knew was having...

Fans Mocked Only Girl on School Hockey Team. She Scored Twice

Fans yelled insults about Alyssa Wruble, put up a 'gender reveal' sign

(Newser) - With two older brothers, a longtime love of ice hockey, and a competitive streak that enables her to brush off low-key trash-talking during games, Pennsylvania teen Alyssa Wruble knows what it is to be tough. As the only girl on Northampton Area High School's varsity team, the 17-year-old tells...

Middle Schoolers Arrested After TikTok 'Skullbreaker Challenge'

Prank gave classmate a major concussion

(Newser) - A middle school student in New Jersey was hospitalized with a major concussion and two of his classmates were arrested after the "skullbreaker challenge" lived up to its name. In the dangerous prank, which has gone viral on TikTok and other video platforms, two people tell a third person...

$475K Was Raised for His Disney Trip. He's Not Going

Quaden Bayles, who has dwarfism, intends to donate the funds instead

(Newser) - Quaden Bayles, the subject of a viral video showing the toll of relentless bullying, won't be going to Disneyland after all. Though comedian Brad Williams launched a GoFundMe page with that goal in mind—it has since raised $475,000—the family of the Australian 9-year-old with dwarfism instead...

Bullied Boy Wanted to Die, Celebs Rallied to His Defense

Hugh Jackman, Enes Kanter among them

(Newser) - "Give me a knife, I want to kill myself," a 9-year-old boy with dwarfism sobs in a heartbreaking video shared Tuesday by the boy's mother in an effort to raise awareness about bullying, which she says he suffers daily. Quaden Bayles of Queensland, Australia, is hopefully feeling...

Teen Confronts Bullies, Meets Horrible Fate

Samuel Reynolds, 16, was murdered days later

(Newser) - Samuel Reynolds was bold enough to fend off a bully. Days later, one of the kids involved allegedly pulled out a .40 caliber gun and shot him—dead. That's what police in Arlington, Texas, are saying about the 16-year-old who lost his life for doing the right thing, CNN...

'I Felt Like I Was in Hell': An Exposé of Victoria's Secret

The New York Times interviews 50 company insiders about a 'toxic' culture

(Newser) - Victoria's Secret has "Angels," but there was a devil too—and his name was Ed Razek. That's according to a New York Times article based on interviews with over 50 company insiders, who describe an established culture of harassment, bullying, and misogyny at the lingerie company....

Mom: I Was Brutally Beaten on Way to Principal's Office

Maria Guadalupe Jimenez says she wanted to report on bullying against her daughter

(Newser) - A California mom says she was attacked earlier this week for trying to report bullying at her daughter's high school, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Maria Guadalupe Jimenez was apparently trying to visit the principal at James Logan High School in Union City with her daughter and husband, when...

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