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Senior Graduation Project

May 22, 2015



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    Bullying & Harassment In Schools
    By Meghan Theisen
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
    Eleanor Roosevelt

2. Thesis
3. Personal Relevance
I decided to do this project because Ive been in the situation where Ive been teased and made fun of. Ive also been in the situation where I felt like suicide was the only way out of a rough situation. Seeing the recent suicides, especially among gay students, sparked an anger and concern within me. I want to leave my footprint in someway shape or form.
4. What is Bullying?
An aggressive behavior that involves unwanted negative actions
Involves a pattern of behavior over a repeated time
Involves an imbalance of power or strength
5. Why Do People Bully?
To show they are in charge
Theyre insecure with themselves
Theyre victims of bullying or had once been a victim of bullying
6. Between 15% & 30% of students are bullies or victims of bullying
3.7 million youths engage in & 3.2 million are victims of moderate or serious bullying each year
7. 77% of students are bullied mentally, verbally and physically
8% of students say they missed 1 day of class a month for fear of bullies
8. 87% of teenagers said shootings are motivated by a desire to get back at those who have hurt them
39% of middle schoolers &
36% of high schoolers say they dont feel safe at school
9. The Types of Bullying
10. Physical Bullying
Occurs most often at schools but can occur on the way to and from school
Socially marginalized for reasons including weight, ethnicity, or other characteristics making it harder for them to fit in
The bully or bullies intend to hurt, embarrass, or intimidate the victim
11. Emotional or Verbal Bullying
Verbal bullying is just as harmful as physical bullying
Can affect ones self image
Can affect someone in emotional and psychological ways
12. School Bullying
Pack Bullying
Individual Bullying
13. Cyber Bullying
Cyber bullying is when someone is harassed, humiliated, embarrassed, threatened or tormented using technology
Text messages and cell phones are also used to harass a victim
Cyber bullying like any other type of bullying is an attempt to make someone feel about him or herself
14. 42% of kids have been bullied while online
1 in 4 have had it happen more then once
35% of kids have been threatened online
1 in 5 have had it happen more then once
15. Tips forStopping a Cyberbully
Dont respond
Dont retaliate or be a bully yourself
Save the evidence; Dont erase the messages
Talk to a trusted adult
16. Text Bullying
9 out 10 teens have a cell phones
Can happen 24 hours a day even at home; home is usually a place for a victim to get away from the bully
Text bullies are meaner because they dont see there victim
17. Tips if you run into a bully
Ignore them
Stand up for yourself; be brave and confident
Dont bully back; violence isnt the solution
Dont show how your really feeling
Tell an adult
18. 19. Suicide
11th leading cause of death in the United States
8th leading cause of death for males
19th leading cause of death for females
20. Bullying and Suicide
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide then non-victims
Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying
21. Bullycide
22. Corrine WilsonSeptember 30th, 1991- October 6th, 2004
23. Moved to Rockdale, Texas in 2000
She played softball on a team of girls who were already considerably good
She would cry after every single practice
They would tell her she was fat, ugly, and exclude her
They told her she should go kill herself
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Ryan HalliganDecember 18th, 1989- October 7th, 2003
25. The same group of boys taunted and teased him from 5th grade until 8th grade
His first girlfriend called him a loser and told him she wanted nothing to do with him
She copied and pasted the instant message between them to all her friends
Some call it bullycide or even cyber bullycide. I just call it a huge hole in my heart that will never heal.
26. April HimesApril 27th, 1986- February 14th, 2000
27. Enjoyed painting, singing, choir, gardening and spending time with her family and friends
She missed 53 school days because of bullying
She was called fat, ugly, and physically bullied daily
28. 2
Kristina CalcoDecember 26th, 1989- December 4th, 2005
29. A 4.0 honor student who always strived for perfection
She was very artistic
Was part of the yearbook, newspaper, and broadcasting staff
She played on the volleyball, swimming, and track teams
Was constantly tormented and called ugly
30. Nicholas Kelo Jr. October 1st, 1997-February 23rd, 2011
31. Had a second degree black belt in Tae Kwan Do
Also held a red belt in Kumdo
Loved inventing
Played football in middle school
Traded the sport for band in high school
Taunted because obviously someone who preferred to play a tenor sax rather then tossing a football is obviously gay
32. The White House Fights Back
President Obama and Michelle Obama held a conference on bullying prevention on March 10th , 2011
Calling parents, teachers, students, and communities to address the problem together
Congress introduced several LGBT-inclusive bills addressing bullying and harassment of students
33. Just Some of the Steps Our Government is Taking
Safe Schools Improvement Act
The Tyler Clementi Higher Education Anti-Harassment Act
Student Nondiscrimination Act
Seths Law
34. School Shootings Caused by Bullying
The Downfall of Seung-Hui Cho
On Monday April 16th 2007 he killed 32 people and wounded 25 people in the Virginia Tech Massacre
35. Born in South Korea
Came home from school in the 1st grade crying throwing tantrums because he didnt want to go
Moved to America in the 2nd grade
Diagnosed with an anxiety disorder which inhibited him from speaking
Throughout high school he was teased for his shyness and inability to talk
Was always alone
They would tell him to Go back to China
36. In 1999 after the Columbine massacre he was transfixed by the event
He wrote on his binder F you all I hope you all burn in hell.
In a school assignment he wrote that he wanted to repeat Columbine
37. In College
Poet professor Nick Giovanni removed him from her class 6 weeks into the semester
He intimidated female students by photographing their legs underneath the desk
He wrote obscene and violent poetry
Always wore sunglasses; even indoors
Described as awkward, lonely and insecure
He wouldnt respond to someone if he was greeted
He was involved in 3 different stalking incidents
38. The Morning of the Shooting
He mailed a manifesto to NBC at 9:01 am the day of the shooting
Contained 43 images of him with the weapons
Contained 27 video clips of angry rants
39. Ross AbdallahAlameddine
Jamie Bishop
Ryan Clark
The Victims
Brian Bluhm
Austin Cloyd
Jocelyne Couture-Nowak
40. Daniel Perez Cueva
Kevin Granata
Matthew Gwaltney
Caitlin Hammaran
Jeremy Herbstritt
Rachael Hill
41. Emily Hilscher
Jarrett Lane
Matt LaPorte
Henry Lee
G.V. Loganathan
Lauren Ashley McCain
42. Dan ONeil
Michael Steven Pohl Jr
Juan Ortiz
Erin Peterson
Julia Pryde
Mary Karen Read
Leslie Sherman
Maxine Turner
Nicole Regina White
43. 44. 45. 46. Students Threatened or Injured With a Weapon at School
47. 48. Rates of Bullying and other School Discipline Problems
49. Students Who Carried a Weapon to School
50. Alyssas Story
51. Colleens Story
52. A
The Anti-Bullying Project is dedicated to informing students about bullying, the effects bullying has on our student population, and what we can do to stop bullying before its too late.
53. Class Activity
54. We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
-Jimmy Carter
55. Citations

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