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This story is yet another painful reminder of a friend from high school who was “happy”. She lived with her mother in a townhome. Her mother came back from holiday to find her hanging by a rope from the second story banister.

I went to her funeral 10 years ago and I thought about how anyone could have prevented it from happening. Medication? Therapy? Locking her up? Even then, if you force a person to talk about their problems, how do you know they’re telling the truth?

It’s difficult to control free will.


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This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about bullying:

What Would You Do If You Suspected Your Child’s Teacher Was a Bully?

We posted Stuart Chaifetz’s story about his autistic son Akian, who was being bullied by his teacher and aides. Poking around comments on Facebook, Chaifetz’s Change.org petition and on Reddit, bullying like this happens more than we know. What do you do if you suspect your child is being bullied by their teacher?

Do you put a wire on your child like Chaifetz did? Do you attempt to solve the issue with the school? Do you confront the teacher with whatever evidence you found?

We want to know! Leave your answer in the comments here and we’ll read some of your answers on our podcast! Be sure to watch on Tuesday, 5/1.


Episode 020: Deal With It
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This week’s Podcast Question of the Week is about bullying:

How do you protect your kids from bullying?

Everyone feels bullied at some point, usually in those delicate teen years. And with the dawn of the internet and social media, kids are being bullied in new ways over new networks in capacities that are causing them to kill themselves. These stories are in the news – daily.

It’s a sad situation, to say the least.

But how do we protect our kids from bullying? Do you teach them to fight back? Do you teach them to tell the proper authorities? Do you moderate their social networks? Do you have a one-on-one with your kid to sort out their emotions?

We want to know! Leave your answer in the comments here and we’ll read some of your answers on our podcast! Be sure to watch on Tuesday, 3/6.


(there was no good pic for a serious question about bullying…okay?!)


A father in Australia became so enraged after seeing his kids bullying another that he took them to the police station and had them charged with assault. Read that again. It’s okay, we’ll wait.

The father, only known as ‘Matt’, spoke to a local radio station in Australia about the event, saying that on his way home, he saw his kids – a 17 year old son and 15 year old daughter, “beating the living crap out of this kid.” The victim was 13, and according to Matt, this wasn’t the first time. The kids admitted that they bullied the 13 year old for having glasses – something Matt was bullied about when he was a kid.

So, Matt did what any good dad (in the 50’s) would do – he drove the victim home to his parents, and then drove his kids to the police station.

But, oh, it gets better. The father also sold his son’s car and his daughter’s horse to drive home the punishment. Because every girl wants a pony, so it’s got to be the worst thing in the world to have to sell it. Matt should have cooked horse-meat enchiladas and made the girl sell them on the corner if he really wanted to knock it out of the park.

Back in reality, the kids have requested that the money from the car and horse sale to go to the victim, and the daughter had even written a letter of apology. The court date is set for next month.

Queensland Times


Logging those long-hours at work and locking yourself in your home-office on weekends is going to pay off. You’ll be able to afford the best education and consumer goods for your kid. Unfortunately, it’ll also make your kid an a-hole.

This breaking news comes from a study by Doctor of Sociology C. André Christie-Mizell, Jacqueline M. Keil, Mary Therese Laske, and Jennifer Stewart. They found that there is a correlation between a father’s time spent with his kid, and the kid’s likelihood of ending up a bully. A mother’s work hours strangely didn’t effect bullying behavior in the study – but the father’s work hours did; another factor that increased bullying was if the child perceived his father to be gone often. So, it would seem that a father could be around full-time seven days a week, but if the child perceives that he’s not spending time with the father – the kid turns into a jackass.

The best part of this study is the abstract’s final line: “Other important factors that shape bullying behavior are the quality of the home environment and the adolescent’s school performance.” So…basically you’re telling me that every-friggin-thing effects a kid’s likelihood of bullying behavior. Gotcha. It’s all clear now. thx.

Sauce: NY Times