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Disabled Eleven Year Old Boy Commits Suicide Over Bullying Incident

Posted by Mark Snyder on November 29, 2011 at 1:35 PM Comments comments (0)

Eleven year old Mitchell Wilson took his own life after losing his childhood spark following a bullying incident.  Mitchell was diagnosed with Muscular Dystrophy but continued to live a full life until a school yard bully attacked him last year for the iPHONE that his father had lent him.

According to Mitchell's father, the boy succumbed to anxiety attacks about being outside by himself and never really returned to normal. 

The full and very sad story can be found here.

Coaches Who Bully: A Soccer Coach Gives His Perspective

Posted by Mark Snyder on May 9, 2011 at 4:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Teachers, coaches and others who work with children and youth are there to teach, protect, facilitate, motivate and guide young minds and bodies.  But when coaching becomes focused on performance and winning, the risk is there for coaches to bully children.  This has been going on for decades and bullying from adults can sometimes be more serious than bullying from other children, depending on the situation.  This soccer coach tells it well, here.

Don't get me wrong, sports and education come at many different levels.  Many coaches are in a position where they are working with higher level athletes who are there to be pushed.  I have coached very high level sports at certain junctures in my own career, where parents are paying alot of money and kids are know how to push themselves until they bleed.  Driving performance does not come hand in hand with bullying.  I have been brutal on certain kids who liked that kind of physical pushing, but never once treated them with anything short of respect and concern, never leaving them feeling for one moment that they had been bullied.

Adults who bully, need to be taught what they are doing and how not to do it, and those who cannot be corrected need to re examine their motivation for working with youth.


Massachusetts Bullying Laws

Posted by Mark Snyder on January 5, 2011 at 1:53 PM Comments comments (0)

New Laws in Massachusetts took affect in 2010. 


Study Finds That Cyber Bullying is Now the Number One Fear of Parents

Posted by Mark Snyder on December 6, 2010 at 9:01 PM Comments comments (0)

A recent study has found that BULLYING and CYBER BULLYING are now the number one fear for parents.  Exceeding kidnapping, suicide and sexual predators, bullying is now what parents are most concerned about.  Read the study here.