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B.C. Mounties say criminal charges could result from an investigation into the death of a 15-year-old girl who took her own life after experiencing relentless bullying. Sgt. Peter Thiessen is calling...
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Amanda Todd: Bullied to Death

After the tragic suicide of Amanda Todd, there has been an outpouring of attention on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, as well as traditional media. Social media has played a huge role in Amanda's story, from her heartbreaking YouTube video confessions, to the conversations about bullying popping up all over the web since her death. Amanda's story has started the country talking about some of the real issues behind such a senseless death. Here are just some of the thoughts and reactions from a stunned nation.

From Someone Who's Been There, Bullying Has Gone Way Too Far

I was called every name in the book, my locker was vandalized, but I did nothing. I simply tried to ignore it all. Every day in the first half of my freshmen year I was reminded what the kids thought of me, and those thoughts weren't nice ones. Eventually, magically, they stopped bullying me, and ended up ignoring me. It was a nice trade off, but my mind, my thoughts and my future were already damaged.
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The One Thing I Know Bullies Cannot Take Away

I went to bed last night unable to shake Amanda Todd from my mind. Her story brought back painful memories of my own experience with bullying, years of misery that nag at me even today. I didn't have any elementary school friends, so I got manipulated easily. Kids would pretend to be my friends, gain my trust, then relay embarrassing facts about my personal life to the rest of the school. My mistake was responding.
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Beauty Companies Against Bullying

October is anti-bullying month and the beauty and fashion community is doing something about it. If you read tabloids and devour articles about your favorite celeb's weight gain, cellulite, and acne you are part of the bullying. While I get you may still buy that magazine, you can help innocent kids get comfort when they are bullied. How? By shopping of course. Here are some fab products so you can do your part.

Are You a Bully Boss? How to Tell...

We teach our own kids to be nice to their classmates. Most of us do not intend to send our colleagues and staff home in tears or on the verge of ulcers. So, why do even the most "successful" business people develop reputations as bullies, bitches, or tyrants?
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Dispatches From Down East: Offering Random Acts of Kindness

It;s nice to view this transition from summer to fall as a new beginning. By increasing the positive interactions in our usual network within which we naturally socialize, and extending that kindness to those outside this circle of connections, we gain something by way of old-fashioned good manners and brotherly love, in return.
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Remember That School Yard Bully? Hello, He's Now Your Boss

There's a reason kids tend to not speak up about bullying, which is that doing so will most likely result in further bullying. A better plan of action is to teach your kids how to fight back. There are a lot of losers out there and one must learn to live with the losers because they are for some unexplainable reason a part of life. This approach offers the added bonus of serving your child well as he or she eventually grows to become a working stiff and undoubtedly encounters adult jerks, like that useless lump of a coworker who resorts to insults to overcompensate for his lack of intellect and ability.
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Are we Bullying the Bullies?

It is commendable that, as a society, we want to make it clear that no one should suffer persistent harassment and abuse. In our collective zeal to protect our children from harm, we have seen fit to institute a wide variety of anti-bullying curricula, programs, and in some jurisdictions, even legislation. But what else may be happening? While we want to ensure that the most vulnerable among us are protected from the kind of negative behaviours that many adults can recall vividly, we may be using our schools to bully the "bullies".

Can Bullying Lead to Mental Illness?

For the past few years my personal and professional contacts that work with teens and young adults have wondered aloud if bullying can lead to mental illness. Researchers are starting to question the same thing and various studies are suggesting childhood bullying can lead to psychosis and paranoia.
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Taking On The Camp Bullies

The camp I loved, like many camps, was a great place to be -- if you were cool. Even more than schools, camps are a petri dish for bullying because peer culture rules and it's recess all day -- social...
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Let's Talk About Suicide

There have been two recent suicides in our small community, which I find distressing. When a suicide happens we usually learn about it from the local whispering network, but rarely from the news. The reason is obvious: local media still protect surviving families from guilt or shame. Suicide is too common, yet preventable, and the the subject is still taboo.
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The Deadly Cost of Bullying

Confession: I was an A-hole kid. I gave into the monkey mentality and harassed another person who everyone decided was a loser -- even our teacher. Consequences were only mentioned in passing after that kid killed himself. Watch the Karen Huff Klein video with your kids. Show them what bullying looks like. Teach them.

Are Modern Teachers to Blame for Bullies?

The movie "Bully" ends with a call for other children to stand up and help when they witness a bullying situation. The premise is that if you're not part of the solution, you're part of the problem. But is it fair to put the burden on children to speak up and help when they see someone being bullied? Is it really realistic?