By Carrie Berk
Age 15 and author of "Ask Emma"
Ugly, fake, stupid, phony, freak...these were just some of the words I was subjected to when I was cyberbullied. They swept me up in an emotional tornado that repeatedly knocked the wind out of me. And even worse, I had done absolutely nothing to stir up this storm.
Bessemer Academy faces many of the same challenges as other schools in Pueblo, Colorado, a town of 110,000 people that has struggled to reinvent itself in the face of deindustrialization and enormous job losses. Nearly 90% of students in Pueblo City Schools qualify for free or reduced lunch.
I’m inspired by the youth from Parkland, Florida. They are piercing the numbness so many have succumbed to when faced with news of yet another school shooting. They’re engaging in dialogue with youth from America’s inner cities and making the important connection between school shootings at affluent suburban schools and the gun violence that robs the lives of thousands of youth in our country’s forgotten neighborhoods.
Cybercrime is becoming a huge problem. The World Wide Web is a vast and expansive place and, unfortunately, it is home to cybercriminals. These individuals and organisations use the online world to perform illegal activities such as stealing bank account details, disrupting computer systems, and obtaining private information. Cybercrimes exploit system weaknesses and also our general lack of awareness of correct online security procedures. Malware, phishing, viruses and denial of service attacks are all types of cyberattacks that can be hugely damaging.
It’s nearly twenty years since Columbine and here we are again, trying to make sense of another brutal school shooting, this time at Stoneman Douglas High School at Florida. In the last four years, beginning with the killing of 20 first graders and six adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012, there have been 239 school shootings nationwide.
According to a survey released by the Rhode Island (RI) Department of Education in 2017, 25% of all RI students (3rd grade and older) reported being bullied on school grounds. Among the elementary school respondents, close to one in three reported they’d been bullied within the last year. Rhode Island schools are keen to adopt a solution that can bring the bullying epidemic to an end.
Kenesta Mack worked as a Special Education teacher at Philadelphia's Strawberry Mansion High School. At one time it was one of the country's most dangerous schools. She is now a No Bully trainer.