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Spokane’s first black firefighter dealt with racist harassment for years on the force

Lawrence Goncalves stood inside the large bay doors of the Spokane Fire Department’s Station 1 and looked around. Somehow, even 30 years after his departure, things looked remarkably similar. “Back …


Report finds harassment, bullying by 5 Spokane firefighters; accused push back on allegations

A 40-page report filed by the city’s Human Resources Department last month details allegations of verbal and sexual harassment by former leaders of the Spokane Fire Department’s Fire Station No. …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 9:23 p.m.

City investigates bullying among employees of Spokane Fire Department

Spokane Fire Chief Brian Schaeffer responded Tuesday to allegations of bullying, sexual harassment and hazing within the department that were exposed recently in a lengthy investigative report.


UPDATED: Sat., May 12, 2018, 9:47 a.m.

Nursing homes, senior centers find bullying has no age limit

Nursing homes, senior centers and housing complexes for the elderly have introduced programs, training and policies aimed at curbing spates of bullying, an issue once thought the exclusive domain of …


UPDATED: Thu., May 3, 2018, 1:11 p.m.

Bullying concerns brought by Burke against Stuckart unfounded, city says

The city received concerns from newest City Councilwoman Kate Burke following a March meeting that featured an exchange with City Council President Ben Stuckart over the introduction of a letter …


UPDATED: Mon., March 5, 2018, 8 p.m.

Should schools be required to tell parents about bullying?

Richard and Christine Taras are pushing for a New York law that would require schools to notify parents if their child is being bullied. Known as “Jacobe’s Law,” the measure …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 17, 2017, 11:30 a.m.

Bullying too simple an explanation for Freeman school shooting, experts say

When Caleb Sharpe told police he opened fire on his Freeman High School classmates to “teach everyone a lesson about what happens when you bully others” his story fell into …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 4, 2017, 4:47 p.m.

50 ‘big-hearted’ motorcyclists escort bullied sixth-grader to first day of school

Call it the kindness of strangers, a simple gift. Or call it what you will. We know it when we see it and this vignette from DeKalb, Indiana, is the …


Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than …


Ohio coroner reopens case in suicide of bullied 8-year-old

An Ohio coroner has reopened its investigation into an 8-year-old boy’s suicide, and his school district is expected to release video showing a bully knocking him unconscious two days before …


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 10:36 a.m.

Target of online trolls suing neo-Nazi website’s publisher

A Montana woman is suing the publisher of a neo-Nazi website for orchestrating an anti-Semitic “troll storm” against her family over the internet.


School responds to transgender teen bullying allegations

A transgender teenager’s story of bullying is going viral this week after her aunt posted on Facebook about alleged ongoing issues at McLoughlin Middle School. According to a Facebook post …


‘Not In Our Town’ takes shape in Pullman

The local affiliation of Not In Our Town started to take shape Wednesday with a new name, leader and committee at the Community Congregational United Church of Christ in Pullman.


Twitter adds more safety tools, will curb abusive accounts

Twitter is adding more tools to curb abuse on its service as part of its ongoing effort to protect users from hate and harassment.


UPDATED: Thu., March 2, 2017, 3:42 p.m.

A case study of bullying: Ex-Freeman High School student says peer harassed him for years; alleged bully denies it

Dana Condrey’s son didn’t want to leave his high school, especially not because of a bully. But in September, the 16-year old junior transferred to Ferris after years of being …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 11:09 p.m.

Spokane school board reaffirms commitment to diversity, inclusion following reports of harassment following Trump’s election win

School leaders reaffirmed the school districts commitment to diversity and inclusion following reports of presidential election-related bullying and violence, Wednesday.


Pullman groups to fight hate in community

Forty-five people packed into a small room at the Daily Grind coffee shop on Main Street on Wednesday evening to discuss ways to combat bullying and cultivate acceptance in the …


Bad Santa: Child crushed after not-so-jolly man tells him to ‘lay off the hamburgers and french fries’

Anthony Mayse took a seat on Santa’s lap, looked into his eyes, and told the elderly chimney-hopper exactly what he wants this Christmas: an iPod touch and a drone. But …


Prince Harry condemns media ‘abuse’ of American girlfriend

Prince Harry condemned the media for subjecting girlfriend Meghan Markle to “a wave of abuse and harassment,” issuing a highly unusual statement Tuesday that confirmed his relationship with the American …


Body-shaming Playboy model charged in L.A.

Los Angeles prosecutors have charged a Playboy model who took a photo of a naked woman in a gym locker room and posted it to social media with insulting comments …


Melania Trump vows to take on cyberbullying as first lady

Donald Trump’s wife, Melania, made a rare appearance on the campaign trail on Thursday, pledging to focus on combating online bullying and serve as an advocate for women and children …


Court affirms conviction of teen who made threat in therapy

The state Supreme Court has affirmed the conviction of a teen who had told his therapist that he thought about taking a gun to school to shoot students who had …


Records: Evidence of sex assault among Dietrich, Idaho, students after attack

An Idaho school uncovered bullying, sexual harassment and sexual assault among students during its investigation into the rape of a black football player last year, according to recently released documents …


Microsoft offers tool to report abusive content in its online services

Microsoft is making it easier to call out racist, sexist, or other abusive content on Xbox Live and the company’s other online services.


Report: Anti-bullying policies should be preventive

WASHINGTON – Zero-tolerance policies are ineffective in combating bullying, an independent government advisory group says in urging schools to take a more preventative approach that includes teaching tolerance to address …


Charges expected in Delaware student’s death

A police chief in Delaware says charges will be filed by the end of the week in connection to the death of a 16-year-old high school student.


Schools find campaign talk conflicts with no-bullies message

The nasty personal tweets and sound bites of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign are reverberating in classrooms, running counter to the anti-bullying policies that have emerged in recent years amid …


Bullying brings out worst on both sides

As a child who grew up being bullied, the fact that I was small and anything but strong didn’t help things at all. I just got back from my 50-year …


Hatred and poor behavior festers on social media

I admit it, I have a bias toward an information system that obeys the rules of grammar. I’m showing my age, but I prefer to read something that doesn’t need …


Medical Lake parents alerted to bullying on Burnbook app

A phone app that high school students have been using to post nude pictures and bully classmates prompted Medical Lake School District officials to alert parents and call police. The …