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When will torturing and teasing and intimidation be seen for what those behaviors may really be? Bullying.
No matter the $$$ in one’s wallet or age or social status; to oppress, hound, mistreat or harass another person is to bully that person. It is what it is, no matter how you dress it up – even if you wear an NFL jersey.
Meghan Palmer demonstrates her leaps in her dance studio in Spokane Valley. The avid Highland dancer traveled to Scotland and placed third at the World Highland Dancing Championships. SR photo/Jesse Tinsley
Happy chilly Thursday, everyone. We've got another great collection of Valley Voice highlights for you today. Reporter Pia Hallenberg talked to Highland dancer Meghan Palmer, 16, who recently placed third at the Scottish World Highland Dancing Championships. Photographer Jesse Tinsley also took some great photos of some of her high flying moves.
Reporter Lisa Leinberger stopped by Pasadena Park Elementary, where musician Joel Brantley recently brought his anti-bullying message and his Elvis impersonation. He made the kids part of his show, complete with rubber guitars and Elvis sunglasses.
This week the Spokane Valley City Council allocated funding to outside agencies and looked at Community Development Block Grant funding. They also heard more than two hours of public comment against the XXXtreme Espresso coffee stand that features bikini baristas and topless Tuesdays and Thursday.
Family members of a Moscow man are accusing law enforcement of bullying after the man killed himself over the weekend. Andrew Cain, 19, committed suicide on Sunday. His death came one day after the Latah County Sheriff’s Office posted a Facebook comment about Cain. See the post below. The comment read: “We have decided that Andrew Cain is no longer the Wanted Person of the Week… he is the Wanted Person of the Month of June. Congratulations!” Loved ones told KREM 2 News in Spokane that Cain was bullied by law enforcement/KREM2 & KTVB. More here.
Question: Do you consider what the sheriff's department did to be bullying?
“You're gay.” Coeur d'Alene middle school principals told members of the school district's new Anti-Bullying Task Force on Tuesday that the phrase is the most common statement students in grades six to eight sling at one another as a form of derision. The 32-member task force is part of the school district's renewed effort to combat bullying. Tuesday's gathering in the school district's Midtown Center meeting room was the group's first official meeting since school members called for the formation of the task force on March 4. It was formed in response to an outcry from parents who told the board in February that school officials and teachers aren't doing enough to protect their children from bullies/Maureen Dolan, Coeur d'Alene Press. More here. (Maureen Dolan Press photo: Assumptions made about bullying line the walls and doors at Coeur d'Alene School District's Midtown Center.)
Question: Do you appreciate the fact that the School District is taking the problem with bullying seriously?
“I want to make that clear. This is: I am now a woman, I have a voice in the universe, and I want to do everything I can to become an expert in social justice and hope I can make a difference and mobilize young people to change the world.”
She has decided to speak out against one of her teen-age demons: bullying. She recalls being put in a garbage can, taunted. People yelling obscene names at her in front of others threatened her abilities to maintain her straight-A grades.
Today, she believes that bullying is an obstacle to education; Harvard University thinks so, too, where she unveiled her Born This Way Foundation, intended to empower kids and nurture a kinder environment.
You see her shoes, can you guess who this voice belongs too? Here she is…
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Item: 7 Glacier High/Kalispell football players kicked off team for bullying/Jesse Davis, Daily Inter Lake
More Info: Two recent incidents involving Glacier High School students resulted in a total of seven suspensions, according to Kalispell Public Schools Superintendent Darlene Schottle. One of the incidents involved several members of the school’s ninth-grade football team. “It was determined that in a freshmen football bus on the way home from a game there were some students involved in some harrassment/bullying/intimidation-type of action,” Schottle said Wednesday.
Question: Do North Idaho coaches/administrators do a good job doling out punishment to players when they violate team rules?