Iowa's New Anti-Bullying Office Raises QuestionsGov. Terry Branstad's recent executive order to create an office for bullying prevention in Iowa schools bypasses years of failed legislative action, but it raises questions about how the small office will tackle major problems.
'Recess Coaches' Help Students Fully Enjoy Break TimeSo much has changed since most of us were in elementary school. Not just in the classroom, but also at recess. A national non-profit called Playworks started training "recess coaches" in Minnesota five years ago. These coaches lead children in organized activities during free time outside. Recess coaches are now in several public schools across the Twin Cities.
Education Report: Fewer Kids Are Being BulliedA new report says fewer kids are being bullied in school. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, about 20 percent of students say they've been bullied. That's the lowest amount since 2005.
High School Launches Anti-Bullying 'We Don’t Say' ProgramSome Twin Cities students are speaking up about bullying by staying silent. Totino-Grace High School in Fridley launched a new campaign this week called "We Don't Say." It highlights seven words and phrases the students won't use because of their meanings and how the words affect others.
Winona Teacher Uses Dancing To Fight BullyingGo to just about any school in the country, and you'll probably find some type of anti-bullying program. Winona Senior High School is no different, but one teachers approach to combating bullying takes a step away from the norm.
Anoka Hennepin District Surveys Anti-Bullying ProgressAnoka-Hennepin Schools has released the results from its latest anti-bullying survey. Unfortunately, it shows more work is needed.
Family Accused Of Cyber Bullying Apologizes For Dad's ReactionThe family of the Prior Lake father who is accused of retaliating in the wake of his kids' alleged cyber bullying has responded to the national attention the incident has attracted. Recently, Brad Knudson posted a video on YouTube to show people how his 14-year-old daughter was being bullied via Snapchat.
Prior Lake Father Calls Out Teen Daughter’s Bullies OnlineA Prior Lake father is taking a unique approach to fight back against the family he says bullied his 14-year-old girl. He's calling them out on YouTube by showing an offensive video sent to his African-American daughter. (Warning: Video contains strong language). Brad Knudson posted the video to show people how his daughter was being bullied with racist messages via Snapchat. The YouTube video he made late Monday already has over 58,000 views.
Students Don Orange To Prevent BullyingChildren across the state dressed in orange on Wednesday to highlight Bullying Prevention Day. The color blazed inside Hopkins' Eisenhower Elementary School.
PACER: Empowering Kids To Put An End To BullyingLocal group PACER is known for helping families of children with disabilities, but this month their also bringing to light the issue of bullying. Their program running now is called the "We Will Generation," which empowers kids to stop bullying.
Minn. Senate Passes Anti-Bullying BillThe Minnesota Senate passed a bill Thursday to prevent bullying in Minnesota schools. But even though lawmakers support the idea of the Safe and Supportive Schools Act, it is still among the most controversial bills of the year at the Capitol. Minnesota has been in the national spotlight because of a rash of students committing suicides because of bullying.
Emotions Flare At Anti-Bullying Bill HearingThose for and against an anti-bullying bill gave emotional and passionate testimony Tuesday at the Senate Education Hearing at the State Capitol. Critics say language in the bill which protects specific group, including gays, threatens religious freedom. But supporters say the bill protects all students. Two-hundred people waited in line to get into the hearing. Many, like the Ross family of Forest Lake, were forced to watch in an overflow room. They support the bill because sixth-grader Jake Ross was bullied while in second grade.