By Peter McBride
Debate team members of a school in Bakersfield, California, encased a younger student in plastic wrap and tape in a hotel room before a competition. Four flag football players held down a younger teammate in a Tampa middle school locker room, according to prosecutors, and raped him with a hockey stick and broom handle.
According to a report by the U.S. Education Department and U.S. Justice Department, 32 percent of students nationwide ages 12 to 18 experienced bullying in the 2007 school year. “The reason it’s picking up momentum is not necessarily the frequency of the bullying, but the manner in which people are engaging in bullying,” said Joe Braun, a Cincinnati attorney. “It’s starting to become more physical, more sexual, and it’s not just emotional bullying like we’ve seen in the past.” Full story.