I started at my high school at Peru when I was thirteen. I was a quiet girl without much confidence and most of the time I kept to myself. It was my bad luck to have a boy in my class called Dennis. Dennis had a lot of issues at home. His mother was a single mother trying to make ends meet. It made it his mission to make my days as challenging as possible.
When I was sixteen, my parents sent me to camp in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. The Second World War had just ended in 1945 and everyone was happy and relieved. I lived in New York City so I was very much looking forward to spending time in the beautiful mountains. I was also excited about taking drama classes. This, I hoped, would be a wonderful summer.
There is nothing we like more than working with all the schools and students across a whole school district. So when Hasbro invited No Bully to partner with the school department and all its seventeen schools in its hometown of Pawtucket, Rhode Island we jumped at the chance.
Whenever an incident of bullying happens, it casts a spotlight on the students involved - the bully, the bully-followers, and the student being targeted. Schools can use the incident to cast light on what so often lies behind the bullying - the broken homes, the missing social and emotional skills and the mental health issues that have led to any particular student adopting the role of bully or target. If we pay careful attention, the spotlight can reveal to us the students who are at risk – those who are heading towards significant harm unless we interrupt their trajectory.
No Bully today launched a yearlong partnership with the Pawtucket School Department in Rhode Island to end bullying in their seventeen schools. A big thank you to Hasbro for their generous sponsorship!
I first learned that things were heating up at Reddit when I got a call from KCBS radio asking for an interview about Reddit's new community standards. That was in mid-June. By the middle of July Reddit CEO, Ellen Pao, who had been leading the drive to clear the site of hate speech and harassment, had resigned.