April 23, 2000
Q. I read your advice to the woman whose grandchild was being picked on at school. As chairperson of the Parent Focus Group for the Ribbon of Promise National Campaign to End School Violence (www.ribbonofpromise.org), I disagree with your solution. Children cannot handle the bully's behavior by themselves. They need the positive reinforcement of an adult to show the bully that such behavior is unacceptable. What parents should do when their child comes to them about bullying is support them and praise them for coming forward.
November 22, 2011
Based on the number of televised GOP candidate debates in 2008, we are just about halfway through the process with tonight's CNN-hosted debate on foreign policy. I am encouraged by the big audiences of up to 6 million tuning in for some of the debates. But I am dismayed by some of the show biz priorities the cable channels are surrendering themselves to in hopes of getting a piece of that tasty Nielsen pie. I am thinking here of CNBC using Jim Cramer as a moderator, and him sounding like Gilbert Gottfried in his first screaming, squawking question to the candidate.
March 1, 2005
WHAT COULD HAVE possessed 73-year-old John Chaney to do what he did? To send a student into a basketball game with instructions to give students from another school a lesson in how to act like a bully, a strong-arm enforcer, a thug. "I'm sending a message," Temple's coach said after a game last Tuesday night against Saint Joseph's, a rival Philadelphia university. "I'm going to send in what we used to do years ago ... send in the goon." Put yourself in the place of Nehemiah Ingram, a 22-year-old Temple senior.
December 19, 2004
SKIDMORE, Mo. - The people in this small town wonder how such horrible things could happen in a place they treasure for its friendly rural charms. First came the notorious "Skidmore bully," Ken Rex McElroy, whose death made national headlines. When somebody gunned him down in broad daylight in 1981, nobody would admit to having seen a thing. Then on Oct. 16, 2000, Wendy Gillenwater was stomped to death by her boyfriend. Local residents take comfort in knowing that the killer is serving life in prison.
August 24, 2003
Nearly 30 percent of U.S. teen-agers -- more than 5.7 million -- are involved in bullying behavior, either as a bully, a target of a bully or both. -- Journal of the American Medical Association
February 9, 2007
NORBIT Rating -- PG-13 What it's about -- A nerdy orphan marries an obese bully, of a family of obese bullies, only to have Ms. Right roll back into town. The Kid Attractor Factor -- Eddie Murphy in a fat suit. As a woman who swears, punches and breaks wind. Good lessons/bad lessons -- Don't marry out of gratitude. Violence -- Comic, involving beatings and harpoonings. Language -- Too blue to be a family film. Sex -- Implied, lewdly discussed. Drugs -- None. Parents' advisory -- OK for 13-and-older, but not as family friendly as Murphy's Nutty Professor, Daddy Day Care or Dr. Dolittle.