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California Mayor Suggests Bullied Kids 'Grow A Pair': VIDEO

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At a May 6 city council meeting, when councilwoman Virginia Gurrola suggested that the city of Porterville, California support a student-led anti-bullying program called "Safe Zones,” the current mayor Cameron Hamilton suggested that bullied kids “grow a pair.”

The Visalia Times-Delta reports:

Designed to provide safe places for children to go when they are being bullied, such ("Safe Zone” bully-free) locations would be designated with a sign or sticker…

With their trusty laptops in front of them, some of the council members did an immediate search on "Safe Zone". As there are several programs with that name around the country, and many of them geared towards the LGBT community, a red flag (or more precisely, a rainbow flag) went up…

Mayor Hamilton was having none of that. "I'm against bullying,” he said, “but I'm getting damn tired of it being used as a mantra for everything, and the ills of the world. All most people just have to grow a pair, and stick up for them damn selves.”

Gurrola reportedly responded, “It's hard to just grow a pair when you're a 10-year-old girl.”

The same report adds:

“Mayor Hamilton is the only person to vote against the item last week. So Safe Zone will be talked about next Tuesday. Action News reached out to the Mayor repeatedly for a comment and did not hear back from him. A few council members declined comment as well.”

Local reporter Jim Reeves says that the city’s anti-gay fervor caused the council to rescind a 2013 mayoral proclamation declaring June as LGBT Pride Month under the previous mayor.

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Janelle Monáe's 'Heroes' Shows Why You Should Never Ever Pick On Nerds - VIDEO

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You already knew that robosexual singer Janelle Monáe covered “closet heterosexual” David Bowie’s classic Heroes.

But what you didn’t know was that the video shows why you should never ever pick on nerds — especially ones with friends that read comic books and make cool costumes.

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Gay Michigan Teen's Home Tagged with Homophobic Graffiti: VIDEO

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An openly gay teen in Vienna Township, Michigan, has been targeted with hate graffiti painted on his home, NBC25 reports. The home of 16-year-old Levi Peabody was tagged with an anti-gay slur and an arrow pointed to his bedroom and the family believes that Peabody's classmates are behind it.

“I want the kid that did this to get caught,” says Levi’s mother.

The Peabodys have even installed a security camera in their bedrooms to try and catch the culprits but more importantly to let people know, they will not stand for this.

“I mean it's disgusting,” adds Melanie Peabody.

The Genesee County Sheriff's department says they're working with Clio school officials to identify potential suspects through hand writing samples.

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VH1 PSA Tells Bullied Kids Not to Worry Because One Day They'll Be the Tormentors: VIDEO

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A new VH1 PSA set to the tune of Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" tries to find humor in the world of school bullying, telling those under duress to hold on because one day they'll be the boss.

But is that any reassurance to those whose lives are fraught with fear over swirlies, wedgies, towel-snapping, face-sitting, verbal abuse, and physical torture? And what about those who never make it that far?

Jezebel lets VH1 have it:

I get it, VH1. You want to make a cool and funny anti-bullying PSA so you can pat yourself on the back for taking a safely non-controversial stance against something like bullying, because that's all the rage these days. I know your heart is absolutely in the right place (or the hearts of the public relations/marketing team who came up with this are). But telling kids they should grin and shake it off because someday they might live out some classist revenge fable is some serious head-in-the-sand f--kery.

Bullying is not something we fix simply by trying to teach kids who are bullied all the ways they can tolerate it, nor is it solved by threatening kids who are bullies that they might themselves be on the receiving end of the same torture. That doesn't work and it's f--king dumb.We need to be pointing the finger of responsibility squarely at adults who should be taking charge and protecting kids in these situations, not shuffling them off with feel-good video clips and sh--ty so-called "educational" fliers.

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Massachusetts Governor Signs Anti-Bullying Bill Into Law Strengthening Protections for LGBT Students

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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today signed an anti-bullying bill into law strengthening protections for LGBT students and students with disabilities, the Boston Herald reports.

GLSEN applauded the law:

“As the 17th state to pass inclusive anti-bullying legislation, Massachusetts is sending an impactful message to its LGBT youth,” said Dr. Eliza Byard, GLSEN’s Executive Director. “LGBT students in Massachusetts can feel confident their educators are committed to providing them with the safe and inclusive school environments they deserve. GLSEN looks forward to the day when every student in every school in the country can feel just as supported.”

H. 3909, “An Act Relative to Bullying in Schools,” will update existing anti-bullying legislation by requiring every district to include specific protections in their bullying prevention plan recognizing frequently targeted groups, including LGBT youth.

The legislation will also implement two key methods of tracking incidences of bullying: a student survey to be conducted every four years gathering information about school safety and climate, and a data collection and reporting mechanism allowing officials to better measure and evaluate the impact of anti-bullying efforts.

The Massachusetts House and Senate approved the bill in February and March, respectively. Gov. Patrick, a longtime supporter of bullying prevention initiatives such as a limited 2010 law designed to help educators report, prevent and address bullying, signed the bill in a ceremony today.

(image via twitter senator sonia chang-diaz)


Nebraska Elementary School Tells Bullied Students to Suck it Up and Not Snitch

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A disturbing piece of news out of Lincoln, Nebraska where administrators at the Zeman Elementary School apparently thought it would be useful to send the above flyer home with students to help them deal with bullying.

Among the flyer’s gems of wisdom:

Treat the person who is being mean as if they are trying to help you. No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you.

Do not verbally defend yourself. When one person attacks and the other person is the defender, the attacker is in the stronger position, so the defender is automatically the loser.

Do not tell on bullies. The number one reason bullies hate their victims is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when real injury or crime (theft of something valuable) has occurred.

Naturally, the s**t hit the fan when this flyer found its way to the internet. The school’s principal, Donna Williams, has issued a letter to parents and students now claiming it was all just a “miscommunication,” and that the district really does take bullying seriously.

Sounds like a violation of Rule #4 if you ask me…

[via Aksarbent]


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