Wisconsin Senate to curb bullying, texting while driving

MADISON (WKOW) — Wisconsin lawmakers are set to vote on a number of measures this week, including a proposal aimed at stopping bullying in state schools.

The bill, up for vote on Tuesday, would require schools to adopt policies that ban bullying and require authorities report all bullying incidents to the state.
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Madison, Wisc. setting new policies on bullying, cyber-bullying

By Chuck Clement
Madison Daily Leader
MADISON, Wisc. — The Madison School Board will hear the first reading of new policies regarding student bullying and cyber bullying during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in Room 117 at the Madison Middle School.

The new policies were written so Madison schools can avoid a negative environment in which bullying would interfere with students’ academic performance.

The bullying policies would remain in effect when students are present on school district property, in school vehicles and at school-sponsored activities. The policies would cover situations in which the students are away from the schools but any misconduct would affect school district operations.

The district’s cyber-bullying policies would prohibit students and school staff from using all forms of electronic communication to harass and stalk each other. The school district would hold adults and students accountable if they electronically transmit any antisocial behavior, including harassing messages, hate mail and discriminatory remarks. The policy would cover complaints in which the cyber bullying originated from a school district-owned computer or a nonschool computer if the message disrupts teaching or daily school operations. Full story.

Social improv: Bystanders can stop bullying

myhighplains.com
At a middle school in Wisconsin, students perform in front of a class — in what is called ‘social improvisation’.  In the performance, one student is bullied, while others stand around and watch, or giggle. But they don’t do anything about it.

The girl who’s being bullied, whose hair was pulled, asks the others: “Didn’t you guys see that?” But they respond, “It’s no big deal.”

The ‘play’ illustrates a common problem.   The Department of Justice found that 88 percent of teens have witnessed bullying. And experts say they have the power to stop it, if only they acted.

“We will not solve the bullying problem until we educate the silent witness,” says Stacey DeWitt, President of Connect with Kids.  “The biggest issue for bullying is the majority of children who watch it happen and let it go on.”

13-year-old Krystal has been bullied — and knows the frustration of having no one come forward to help. “It hurts,” she says. “You feel like you’re alone, and that, like, no one is there to help you.” Full story.

Wisconsin: New bully prevention recommendations

WINK News
At a middle school in Wisconsin, students perform in front of a class — in what is called ‘social improvisation’. In the performance, one student is bullied, while others stand around and watch, or giggle…

But they don’t do anything about it. The girl who’s being bullied, whose hair was pulled, asks the others: “Didn’t you guys see that?”

But they respond, “It’s no big deal…”

The ‘play’ illustrates a common problem. The Department of Justice found that 88 percent of teens have witnessed bullying. And experts say they have the power to stop it, if only they acted. Full story.