A Podcast with Kirk Smalley from Stand For the Silent about the Issue of Bullying and Suicide

Kirk Smalley

This special and emotional episode of Healthy University features our special guest, Kirk Smalley. Kirk Smalley is a passionate speaker and activist on the issue of bullying and suicide. He was featured in the movie “Bully” and is the face of the Stand For The Silent movement.Kirk is on a… Continue reading

Filmmaker DJ Caruso Talks About Standing Up to Bullying

I am blessed to have great friends over the years who have helped me continue to bring this website to you. One such friend from High School, Ken, is a film critic with his own blog called 1 More Film Blog. Ken and I share a passion for movies (in… Continue reading

Bullying Effects Study on Adults Show Alarming Data

In an article in Psychology Today, written by Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D., he discusses a recent fully funded study of how childhood bullying effects adults later in life. The results showed that the long-term negative effects of bullying are not only real, but have real consequences. The study showed that:… Continue reading

US News and World Report Discusses Spotting and Stoping Bullying

Writer Rachel Pomerance with the “US News and World Report” wrote a very interesting article called “How to Spot and Stop Bullying: 5 steps to help prevent, detect, and address bullying”. The article, which talks about the issue of bullying today and also looks at five techniques for detecting and trying… Continue reading

High School Girl Suspended Over Anti-Bullying Project

Sometimes when you think you’ve heard it all, another story comes out that seems to contradict what many are trying to do by creating anti-bullying messages. The below video is the story of a high school girl suspended for creating an anti-bullying project. It seems to me that the school… Continue reading

USA Today’s Bullying Article Is Brutally Honest

Bruce Kugler, a contributing writer for USA Today wrote a very strong article on bullying titled “Bullying in USA: Are we defenseless?” In this straightforward article, Mr. Kugler brings up the latest victims of the bullying issue and asks the question to us all in his article title. What’s the… Continue reading

The Fat Boy Chronicles

I recently received a screening  copy of the new movie, “The Fat Boy Chronicles“, a story about obesity and bullying based on the book by Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan. the book and the movie are inspired by a true story, which is not hard to believe given that the… Continue reading

The Verdict is in for Parents of Phoebe Prince

CNN reported that the settlement for the parents of Phoebe Prince has been released and made public. The verdict in the case of the 15-year old Phoebe Prince, who committed suicide after relentless bullying by her classmates was completed in November of 2010, but the records were sealed until recently.… Continue reading

The Drowning of Stephan Jones

Bette Greene, Author of the classic “Summer of My German Soldier” has written a book on bullying titled “The Drowning of Stephan Jones”. First released in 1999, Ms. Greene has re-released it recently as an ebook and it is a very powerful story indeed. Based on true events, this story… Continue reading

Statement on the Death of James Hubley

City of Ottowa, Canada’s Councillor, Allen Hubley released a statement on the suicide of his son, Jamie. While he does not blame bullies for what happened to his son, it is certainly a part of his statement and clear that it did not help. As in many cases, depression plays… Continue reading

Bullying It Stops Here

Anderson Cooper, a reporter who has been an active Anti-Bullying supporter, had a special on CNN last week called “Bullying It Stops Here”. During this hour long program, Anderson actively and emotionally talked about the issue of Bullying. Below is the entire program in segments for you to watch. It’s… Continue reading

Lady Gaga says “Bullying Is For Losers”

You may or may not like Lady Gaga, but you can’t deny that she is currently one of the most watched and influential artists to our younger generation today. This weekend, Lady Gaga dedicated here song, Hair, to Jeremy Rodemeyer, the young man who killed himself after being bullied relentlessly.… Continue reading

For One Boy, It Didn’t Get Better

The other day I was invited to speak to a college class that was completing their master program on Conflict Resolution. I was honored to be able to speak to them on the issue of bullying as they are studying to become people who can and I hope will make… Continue reading

New Jersey Enacts the Toughest Bullying Law in the Nation

On September 1st, New Jersey began a new law that is called the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights. As has been discussed on this website several times, laws were on the way because of the media attention that has been shined on the bullying issue in the last few years. While… Continue reading

An 8th Grader Tells It In Words

There is so much bullying news now, sometimes the most important stories get behind me. Like this video, posted by Alye, an 8th grader, who was bullied and used a video to send a powerful message. Her video uses words only and explains just by these words how she feels… Continue reading

An 8th Grader Tells It In Words

There is so much bullying news now, sometimes the most important stories get behind me. Like this video, posted by Alye, an 8th grader, who was bullied and used a video to send a powerful message. Her video uses words only and explains just by these words how she feels… Continue reading

The Loss of Self-Esteem (A Personal Story)

What does it truly take to break a person? If the bullying never happened to us, would we be more attractive, more outgoing and friendly, more caring about ourselves and others? When I read Mariah’s story I couldn’t stop thinking about her experiences that she so dramatically shares and about… Continue reading

The Bullying Yearbook 2011

As another school year comes to an end, it’s a good time to look back and take a pulse on where the year has taken us with helping to stop bullying.  This year, there have continued to be many stories making headlines this year and some maybe changing the landscape… Continue reading

Fire It Up With CJ Radio Show

Several weeks ago, I appeared on the “Fire It Up With CJ” radio show to discuss my experiences with bullying and talk to CJ about “firing up” our community to try to solve the issue of bullying. CJ Liu has a great radio show in “Fire It Up With CJ”.… Continue reading

14 Year Old Cancer Survivor’s Friend Cyberbullies Her

Here’s yet another story out of Massachusetts of a cyberbullying case with a terrible twist. According to an article in the Huffington Post, a fourteen year old girl, who survived cancer when she was ten  and lost a leg in her cancer battle was being relentlessly cyberbullied. The cyberbullying got so increasingly… Continue reading

Make Your Bully Story into a Short Film

As this website is titled “Bullying Stories” and shares people’s personal stories, I wanted to share an opportunity you have to have an A-list Actress direct a short story based on your bullying story. You can submit a story to them at their website at http://glamourreelmoments.com. They are looking for… Continue reading

Study Looks at Bully-Proofing Recess Playgrounds

There was an interesting study done on how to bully-proof a school playground that I found at the education.com website. I pulled some highlights from the study findings referenced in the article that I am sharing here. In the article, it discusses techniques for setting up school playgrounds to create… Continue reading

Video of Boy Who Fights Back Against Bully

There’s a new viral video making the rounds, along with a media blitz about Casey Heynes, the boy caught on tape fighting back against his bully. This story is out of Australia and has gotten international attention. The video shows how Casey snapped when being taunted and punched and picks… Continue reading

White House Tackles Bullying Issue

Today, the White House and President and First Lady held a conference on bullying prevention. This is a major step in the United States recognizing that bullying is a larger problem than just kids being kids. Held in the East Room of the White House, 150 anti-bullying activists in the… Continue reading

Interview with Bullying Victim Nadin Khoury on The View

While bullying happens to many every day, the video of Nadin Khoury being bullied went viral and has been a focus recently. Nadin went on “The View” to tell his story and inspired everyone with his bravery. He also received an emotional surprise visit. Here’s what happened in these video… Continue reading

Bullying Incident In Philadelphia

Did you hear about this? In a terrible torture incident, 7 bullies in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania took 13 year old Nadir Khoury and beat and tortured him for 30 minutes while one of the boys made a video of the whole incident. During the incident, the boys spent 30 minutes beating… Continue reading

Bullied Brain Damage

The Boston Globe wrote an excellent article on the research being done to show that the human brain can be damaged during one’s youth if they have to deal with being bullied. This research shows that there is a physical effect to being bullied, closely resembling findings shown in research… Continue reading

Cyberbullying and Parenting

The New York Times had an excellent article on Cyberbullying and the issues that parents must deal with when talking to their children. I found this article compelling and the real life stories told in it are disturbing, yet true. The article discusses the difficulty parents have in keeping up… Continue reading

Lexington, MA Student Articles on Bullying

After the article came out in The Boston Globe the other day about my cause and website, I received an email from Sue, a professional journalist that also dealt with bullying issues in Lexington, MA when she was growing up there. Sue went on to be a professional journalist and… Continue reading

Featured on National Public Radio

Today this website was featured and I was interviewed on NPR, National Public Radio’s “Talk of the Town” program about the long-term effects of Bullying. They interviewed me, as well as Jenna Russell, the reporter that wrote the article I appeared in for the Boston Globe, and Dr. Jorge Srabstein,… Continue reading

Featured In The Boston Globe

Today, this website and  I was featured in an article on the long-term effects of bullying in the “Boston Globe”. You can see the article here or download a PDF of it by clicking here. A thank you to Jenna Russell, a compassionate reporter with the Boston Globe who interviewed me over… Continue reading

Using Empathy to Avoid Creating a Bully

TIME magazine wrote an article called “How Not to Raise a Bully: The Early Roots of Empathy” that I wanted to share here. The article discusses techniques parents can use to help teach empathy to children at an early age. This is a subject I have talked about many times… Continue reading

The President’s Anti-Bullying Message

The anti-bullying voice can’t get any higher up the chain in the United States as it did yesterday. President Barack Obama gave an anti-bullying message due to the recent suicides in this country. Click the video below to view his message: Please follow and like us: Continue reading