Thursday, January 31, 2013
Teens decided to encourage the school to participate in the national movement of No Name Calling Week.
Thursday, January 31
Edison Intermediate School in Westfield has a group of 8th graders who have teamed up with the school's counselors to encourage the importance of building empathy and compassion. The group calls themselves Teens Learning Respect ‘N Compassion or TLRNC. The teens decided to encourage the school to participate in the national movement of No Name Calling Week, designated for January 21 – 25 this year. The TLRNC members visited classrooms to introduce the concept, to facilitate discussions, and also to lead the school in a No Name Calling pledge. Throughout the school, students found innovative ways to become involved. Some designed T-shirts in art class to honor “no name calling.” The TLRNC group was responsible for selecting the winning T-…
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Former classmates of Mitt Romney have come forward with accounts that portray him as a high school bully, but we're wondering if you think it's fair to judge him on his alleged bad behavior.
“He can’t look like that. That’s wrong. Just look at him!’’ Mitt Romney said that to his high school classmates about a boy, John Lauber, with bleached blonde bangs, according to a story in the Boston Globe. A few days after that statement, he allegedly "led a group of boys out of his dorm room at Cranbrook School and into Lauber’s, where the group tackled him and held him down. Romney cut his hair with scissors as a teary-eyed Lauber screamed for help." Another highlight of his possible wrongdoing includes saying "Atta girl" every time a particular student that some perceived as effeminate or gay raised his hand. Romney made a general apology, quoted from the Globe as, "If there was anything I said that was offensive to someone, I …
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Seventeen harassment, intimidation,and bullying incidents, 14 incidents of student violence, vandalism and substance abuse documented during final six months of 2011
The Westfield school district experienced 17 confirmed incidents of student harassment, intimidation and bullying as well as 14 incidents of student violence, vandalism and substance abuse during the final six months of 2011, according to data presented by Superintendent Margaret Dolan at Tuesday night’s Board of Education meeting. The presentation, titled “Violence, Vandalism, HIB and Substance Abuse,” was given as a result of new state legislation that requires administrators to give two annual reports on the subject (previously, only one presentation was required each year). Dolan said the presentation was also given as a means of furthering one of the district’s primary goals of establishing better communication and modeling …
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
New policy needs to be adopted by Sept. 1.
In a response to a new state bullying law, the Board of Education began drafting the school district’s new bullying policy and code of conduct Tuesday night. Tuesday’s meeting focused specifically on seeking community and parent input on the bullying prevention policy, part of the mandate the state has put forward in the drafting of the policy. BOE members stressed the community input section to the crowded audience, who largely sat silent on the bullying issue, with only four parents offering comments. Most of the parents were in attendance to discuss the Washington School redistricting issue. “Tonight is one of those opportunities we as a board will take to gather that information,” BOE President Julia Walker said. “This is one of many …