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Brothers At Arms 013 06-04-15 Bullying and Other Issues

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We have all had to deal with them. Bullies rule the schools, rule the cliques, rule the day; or so it seems.

In this episode of Brothers At Arms, Joe and Ira counter bullying and cut through the misinformation surrounding the issue.




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 As anyone who has ever been the target of a bully knows, being picked on or harassed is a pretty traumatic experience. And it’s no surprise research shows that kids who are bullied have higher rates of depression and anxiety.

But a new study puts the damage in perspective in an alarming new way. Kids who are taunted or excluded by their peers suffer more long-term emotional fallout in adulthood than do kids who were abused by grown-ups.

The study looked at previous data covering more than 5,000 parents and kids from two studies going back to the early 1990s. The data included interviews with parents about their own mistreatment of their kids, as well as reports from kids about their experiences being bullied by other children.

The results: adults who were bullied in childhood were approximately five times more likely to have anxiety, and twice as likely to describe themselves as depressed, compared to kids who were emotionally, physically, or sexually abused or neglected by adults when they were young.

Once considered a teenage rite of passage, bullying is now the subject of hundreds of state laws and a rallying cry for pundits, parents and celebrities.

The stakes are high — many teens who commit suicide experienced at least some bullying. Bullying by itself does not cause suicide, according to a research review conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But researchers found that youth who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, think about suicide and actually attempt suicide.

Coming up with a workable plan to stop bullying has proven difficult. The approaches are all over the map. For instance, Illinois requires schools to do social-emotional learning exercises to prevent bullying. During the exercises, students describe their emotions during a stressful event or recognize the emotional reactions to stress.

On the punishment side, five states don’t have any sanctions for bullying in their anti-bullying laws, while 12 states include a criminal sanction for bullies, ranging from school suspension to jail time, according to an analysis of state bullying laws from the Cyberbullying Research Center.Montana is the only state with no law to address bullying.

The criminal side of these laws is generating controversy in Florida. Two young central Florida teens are facing felony aggravated stalking charges for bullying a 12-year-old classmate, Rebecca Sedwick, who committed suicide. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the bullying crossed the line from teen meanness into criminal harassment.

Sedwick received text messages and online messages from the two teens telling her to kill herself and that she should “drink bleach and die.” Sedwick was also physically attacked by the two girls, according to the sheriff’s department.

“Bullying shouldn’t be a law enforcement issue… but when it becomes a crime, we have to become involved,” Judd said in an interview with WBUR’s “Here and Now” radio show. Sedwick had been hospitalized after a suicide attempt in 2012 and also changed schools, but the bullying continued online.

Congress approved sweeping changes Tuesday to surveillance laws enacted after the Sept. 11 attacks, eliminating the National Security Agency’s disputed bulk phone-records collection program and replacing it with a more restrictive measure to keep the records in phone companies’ hands.

Two days after Congress let the phone-records and several other anti-terror programs expire, the Senate’s 67-32 vote sent the legislation to President Barack Obama, who said he would sign it promptly.

“It protects civil liberties and our national security,” Obama said on Twitter. The bill signing could happen late Tuesday or early Wednesday, but officials said it could take at least several days to restart the collection.-

 Wonderful. Our civil liberties are safe and secure. Now it is safe for me to ride my unicorn to collect the pot of gold waiting for me at the end of the rainbow. Which of these statements is the more probable?
Freedom” Act picks up where “Patriot” Act leaves off. That’s like calling Clinton’s, “The Foundation” a 100% verifiable charity for the poor.

Experts say retailers across the country should take a closer look at their dress policies following the U.S. Supreme Court’s 8-1 ruling in favor of a Muslim woman who sued Abercrombie & Fitch when the retailer failed to hire her because she wore a religious headscarf.

“Any time a case makes it to the Supreme Court, it’s a big deal,” said Matt Priest, president of the Footwear Distributors & Retailers of America. “If retailers are not going back and double-checking what their policies are and ensuring that if there aren’t accommodations built into those policies — that it is addressed, I think they’re doing their company and their employees a disservice.”
 In the now-landmark case, the High Court has ruled that an applicant “need show only that his need for an accommodation was a motivating factor in the employer’s decision, not that the employer had knowledge of his need” in order to prevail in a disparate-treatment or “intentional discrimination” claim.
A man who repeatedly stabbed his neighbour in a frenzied attack was on parole at the time after serving nearly 30 years for killing a teenager. Keith Williams attacked Amaris Hatton, 35, with such aggression that the tip of the knife used was left lodged in her skull.

The 48-year-old, who was jailed yesterday for a minimum of 16 years, had been released less than a year earlier after serving nearly 30 years for killing Melinda Croft in 1986.

Her family said yesterday they are “absolutely disgusted” that he was released to kill again and said the parole board should be held accountable.

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