Special Report: Defining Bullying

8:47 AM, Feb 20, 2013   |    comments
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(NEWS CENTER) -- In recent years, we've seen a stronger link between schools and bullying than we did even 10 years ago.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people in our country, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year.  The number of suicide attempts is even greater; there are at least 100 attempts for every suicide.  Based on the 2009 Maine Integrated Youth Health Survey, 23.4% of high school students in Maine were bullied on school property. 

Sarah Cram says she's fortunate that she was able to help her daughter deal with her problems at school before they reached a dangerous level.

LD 1237 states that bullying means "any physical act or gesture or any verbally, written, or electronically communicated expression".

More specifically..."physically harming a student or damaging a student's property; placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm or damage to his/her property; or substantially disrupting the instructional program or the orderly operations of the school."

"Or if it is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, hostile education environment for the student who is bullied".

After a conversation between Sarah and the school's administration, Sarah was told everything would be handled.

When I asked John Farrington, Principal of Schenck High School, if Abby was bullied, as the state defines it, he said he couldn't answer that question without getting into the details of her specific case. He did speak to one particular student who Sarah says was the main boy making fun of her daughter.

Deb Landry was the Morning Report Wednesday morning answering your questions about bullying.  For resources on how you can help prevent and end bullying, click here. You may also like Deb's Facebook page, Unite Against Bullying ME.


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