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Department of Education offers lessons on bullying prevention and resilience to elementary educators

The Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) is offering lessons on bullying prevention and resilience to elementary school educators throughout the Commonwealth. While the vision of the agency is that each and every student becomes empowered and equipped to pursue a successful future, it wants to make sure that every student in Kentucky also feels safe. The agency acknowledges that many students have...

Kentucky Safe Schools Week set for Oct. 21-27 as part of Bullying Prevention Month

October is Bullying Prevention Month and the third week of this month is Kentucky Safe Schools Week. Schools across Kentucky have an opportunity to partner with their local lawmakers, first responders and community to observe Kentucky Safe Schools Week. This week provides an opportunity for awareness of school safety issues and initiatives to be discussed and enhanced at the local and state level....

Douglas Wain: Win war against violence; best way to stop school violence — stop all youth violence

The best way to stop school violence is to stop all youth violence. School violence really is a form of youth violence.  It is part of the tragic “youth vs. youth” war that exists today throughout the world, in-school or out-of-school. Youth equal half the world’s population.  Adult actions regarding school safety that mostly focuses on adults is like talking to the wrong end of the horse....

Jeanine Grant Lister: It’s time to pay attention, ask young people what they think of gun violence

In light of the tragic shootings at Marshall County High School in Benton, and Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, it seems that everyone is tut-tutting and wagging their heads over the tragedies. The WHY of these incidents has gotten me to thinking about how to create change. We need to find out why kids…and adults, too…think that a gun is any solution to a problem....

Commentary: Bringing adults, youth together in equal setting key to addressing violence, bullying

By Douglas A. Wain Special to KyForward No one in Kentucky is immune to violence, and we at YouthAlert (YA) invite you to help us meet the needs of state’s youth before it’s too late. Louisville, for example, is set to have another record number of homicides this year, and more than a third of the city’s victims are between the ages of 16 and 25. We are failing our kids. However, with your support,...

Woodford teenager suffering from epilepsy stuffed in locker in bullying incident posted on social media

WDRB-TV in Louisville reports that a Kentucky teenager with epilepsy was stuffed in a locker while others stood by and posted the incident on social media. The victims mother is now speaking out, calling for an end to bullying. It was an overwhelming feeling of helplessness for Versailles native Nancy Loman. Her 15-year-old son, Logan Sanders, was excited to start high school this year. That all changed...

No More Bullying: Growing problem requires understanding, intervention and prevention

This series on bullying in schools will run periodically on KyForward.   By Melissa Martin Special to KyForward   The Kentucky Department of Education reported 15,520 incidents of bullying during the 2012-13 school year. How do schools in Kentucky prevent and intervene with bullying? Do they help or hinder? What is the bullying policy at your child’s school?   First, let’s look...

Two Eastside students earned accolades for film projects, focused on bullying, friendship

  By Tammy Lane Special to KyForward     Two students from Eastside Technical Center have earned kudos from the Ohio Valley chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, which hands out Student Production Awards each spring.   As the PSA’s writer, videographer and editor, Lainey Geddes was tapped a winner in the Public Service Announcement category for her entry...

Battling Bullying: Trio of girls spreading positive thoughts – one sticky note at a time

Chelsi Fraley, left, Katherine Colt and Gabrielle Griffith, all 13, launched an anti-bullying campaign at Russell Middle School by posting positive messages on the lockers of every student in the school. (Photo by Tammie Hetzer-Woman)   By Tammie Hetzer-Womack Special to KyForward   Gabrielle Griffith, Katherine Colt and Chelsi Fraley are three musketeers, a trio of selfless preteens, vigilantly...

Lafayette High School football players join former Wildcat standout to block bullying

When Lafayette hosted Wesley Woodyard’s summer camp, the teenagers and coaches on the football team impressed him. He drafted the school to be the first in the state to join his 16Ways anti-bullying program. (Photo by Tammy L. Lane)   By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Football players at Lafayette High School are standing tall against bullying through a program co-founded by Denver...

Intimidation a common thread of hazing, bullying; prevention focus of UK meeting

University of Kentucky will host the Novak Institute for Hazing Prevention annual meeting June 5-8. (Photo from UKNow)   By Gail Hairston Special to KyForward   Bully – to intimidate, overawe, treat abusively.   Hazing – to intimidate a newcomer with abusive or humiliating tricks or ridicule.   Bullying and hazing may be defined a bit differently, but there is a common thread...