Preventing LGBT Violence: Thoughts on the Tyler Clementi Case

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Widespread isolation and rejection of LGBT youth by family/friends and the popularity of homophobic culture corrodes the moral fiber of the country’s social structure, and contributes to suicide within this young population. Should we blame LGBT youth’s suicides on the victim and/or perpetrator, or do we as a nation share blame for the death of these youngsters? LGBT youth suicide was highlighted …

“Kids will be kids.”

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How many of us have heard our parents and other adults voice this sentiment when addressing the issue of bullying among students in K-12 schools?  When my now middle-aged parents were young, peer aggression was viewed as a reality of being in school, something that was normal and simply had to be endured.  Today, however, it is widely viewed as …

2nd Coming of Chris Brown

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Chris Brown has had a phenomenal comeback year in the music world. He has boasted major album sales and topped it off with a Grammy win for hip-hop album of the year. Just a few years ago his career looked like it could be over. Chris Brown’s assault of then (and current) girlfriend Rihanna made national headlines in 2009 and …

The Bullycide Project

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Envision a day when a student stands in front of their peers and apologizes for being a bully.  This is a reality for one student at Davison High School, and a possibility for schools across the nation.  This young man had the motivation to do so because of The Bullycide Project, a theatre project that is inspired by the book …

Social Marketing and Youth Violence Prevention

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On a daily basis, Flint youth are almost for certain exposed to two things: the latest status updates from classmates on their Facebook newsfeed and news of an act of violence in their community. The city of Flint reports some of the highest rates of both juvenile arrests and student engagement in violent behaviors in the nation. While there have …

Diet and Aggression

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Many risk factors for violent behavior and aggression exist for adults and youth in today’s society. Some of these can include depression, abuse, or history of violence in the family. But aside from these risk factors, there may be other factors that are associated with aggression in individuals. A recent study has shown that a certain diet is associated with …

Does Bullying Lead to Suicide Among Gay Teens?

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Given the media coverage over the past few months, it would be easy to believe that bullying is the sole driver behind suicide among gay youth.  We learned about Tyler Clementi, an 18 year-old Rutgers student who jumped off of the George Washington Bridge after discovering that his roommate had streamed live video of his encounter with another man in …

Documentary “Bully” Needs a PG-13 Rating

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“13 million students will be bullied in the US this year. 3 million students are absent each month because they feel unsafe at school.”–website for Bully, an upcoming documentary. School bullying is becoming more recognized as a significant problem in the lives of youth across the country. Victims of bullying have higher rates of depression and anxiety, higher frequency of …

Can Watching Movies Prevent Bullying?

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Yesterday morning, I turned on my laptop and began my daily ritual of checking various movie and celebrity sites.   When visiting these websites, I expect to read entertaining, but often vapid, articles detailing the latest Hollywood news. Yesterday however, I encountered a compelling article about youth bullying. The topic of this article was a girl named Katy Butler, and her …