School Violence News

Bullying and Teen Suicide – Another Victim Dies

Tragically, online bullying appears to have been the cause behind another teen suicide.  As reported by CNN, 18 year old Brandy Vela of Texas City, Texas killed herself in front of her parents after being relentlessly bullied online about her weight. According to the story, Brandy was a well-liked student at school.  But in April, read more...

7 Members of “Underground” Sorority at University at Albany Charged with Hazing

Police say that 7 sorority members hazed pledges by blindfolding them, making them east mud, and dousing them with rotten eggs and milk.  The Times Union of Albany reported that one of the victims sustained an allergic reaction, and was treated and released from a local hospital. Police reported that a victim of the alleged read more...

Penn State Hit with Nearly $2.4 Million Penalty for Clery Act Violations

In a strong signal to other colleges and universities, the U.S. Department of Education found Penn State to have not properly complied with the Clery Act in a number of serious ways with respect to the reporting and handling of information concerning the alleged sex crimes allegedly committed on campus by former Penn State football read more...

BYU Creates Amnesty Policy for Sexual Assault Victims

In this article – “Will the Fear of Retribution Decrease Campus Rape Reporting at BYU?” – I wrote about the case of an 18 year-old BYU freshman who, after reporting she was sexually assaulted to school officials, was promptly investigated by university administrators to determine whether she had violated BYU’s honor code by drinking or read more...

Tips for Getting Schools to Stop Bullying

As most parents know, children are often subjected to bullying during their school years.  Bullying, of course can vary greatly.  Some children may be feel bullied by one innocent comment, where other children are bullied systematically by one or more of their peers over time, with a purposeful intent on causing physical or emotional harm. read more...

University of Wisconsin Student Charged With Numerous Criminal Counts Involving the Alleged Sexual Assault of Five Women

According to Wisconsin police and public reports, a University of Wisconsin female student was sexually assaulted by a fellow male student in the male student’s apartment.  After denying his sexual advances, the victim was allegedly held in the apartment and repeatedly sexually assaulted over the course of several hours, including being choked into near unconsciousness read more...

UC Berkeley Greek System Bans Fraternity Parties; Then Lifts Ban

On October 22, 2016 it was reported that fraternities and sororities at the University of California Berkeley had enacted a self-imposed ban of all fraternity and sorority parties following police reports of two female university students being assaulted at off-campus fraternity parties during the previous weekend. The initial report did not provide any details about read more...

Victim Blaming – The Underlying Psychology Behind the Phenomenon

We’ve all heard about how reluctant many sexual assault victims are to report their crime to the police.  Much of this reluctance likely is due to the tendency to “blame the victim” – the rationale that if the victim had just done something differently, she would not have been assaulted.  These excuses range from what read more...

Title IX – What Your College-Aged Daughter (and Son) Need to Know

Title IX – What Your College-Aged Daughter (and Son) Need to Know This time of year is an incredibly exciting time for our children going off to college.  It’s a time for making new friends, transitioning into adulthood, and experiencing the new freedoms that come from moving away from home. As parents, we’re both excited read more...

Study: NY ranks in top 20 states with bullying problems

A new study revealed that 21 percent of high school students in New York State were bullied on school property last year, and 17 percent were cyber-bullied. New York is ranked 19th worst state in the country for bullying a recent report concluded. The study comes on the heels of the recent suicide of a read more...

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