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Posted: 10/28/2011


Posted: 10/27/2011

GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. -- It knows no boundaries and, no matter the school, it's likely somebody has suffered from bullying at least one time or another.

"I was picked on for what race I looked like and so I found myself not liking being half black or half white cause other people didn't like it," explained Tessa Gundy.

"All my life I've been bullied due to my hearing loss that I was born with," added Michael Moen.

On Wednesday, a flash mob-like dance at the Perpich Center for Arts Education is meant to help all that have been bullied before. The "Unity Dance Day" is sponsored by Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center. The day has students putting on their dancing shoes in the name of bullying prevention. See the full article from kare 11 about unity Dance Day in Golden Valley

Bullying is not a rite of passage
By Julie Hertzog, Special to CNN

Posted: 10/19/2011

(CNN) -- Tragic stories of young people committing suicide after being tormented by bullies have been widely publicized. So you'd imagine that most people would know how seriously bullying hurts people. Unfortunately, this is not always true.

Case in point: A middle-school athlete I know was being bullied by her teammates. The verbal abuse began on the volleyball court and then moved to the rest of the school. Soon, the girl's teammates were pulling down her shorts in front of others to embarrass and ridicule her.

But she did the right thing: Knowing that she didn't have to handle the situation alone, she told her parents. And her parents did the right thing: They alerted school personnel in an attempt to keep their daughter safe. Unfortunately, those who could have kept her safe told the parents that their daughter's experiences were just typical middle-school behavior -- the usual "teenage stuff" -- and that nothing could or would be done

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Posted: 10/19/2011

Make bullying prevention a movement that touches every community.  Share informtion, post on social media channels, or connect with someone in person.  
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Posted: 10/19/2011

Posted: 10/19/2011

Does a month make a difference? The folks at PACER National Bullying Prevention Center hope so since they've designated October as National Bullying Prevention month.

The Minneapolis-based organization, part of the PACER Center for children and young adults with disabilities, is determined to raise awareness on bullying by providing education and engaging communities to end the culture where such torment can flourish.
"Bullying has been around for a long time, but the evolution of technology has brought bullying to another level," said Julie Hertzog, executive director of the National Bullying Prevention Center. "Cyberbullying has become like the modern bathroom wall. People can anonymously and without thought say things to hurt others.

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Posted: 10/19/2011

Boys will be boys. Sticks and stones can break your bones but words will never hurt you.

Sayings like these have been around for a long time and so has the problem of bullying, said Julie Hertzog, director of the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors National Bullying Prevention Month.

The Minneapolis-based group is a parent-led organization focusing on families with children with disabilities. And children with disabilities tend to be bullied at a rate three times higher than other children, she said.

While bullying used to be a part of growing up, “realizing now how devastating the consequences can be,” adults are taking steps to stop the behavior. But even so, “the use of technology by young kids bring a whole new avenue to bully each other,” she said.

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Posted: 10/13/2011

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Wednesday is National Unity Day — a day when many people are wearing orange to show their solidarity against bullying. The day is the brainchild of the Twin Cities-based Pacer Center. Even Ellen DeGeneres is supporting the cause by wearing orange on Wednesday’s show. But, it wasn’t just celebrities supporting the cause. At local schools, many wore orange to show their support for anti-bullying efforts including a Richfield school, where the anti-bullying program is a major part of the curriculum.

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Julie Hertzog on KARE-11 feature "How to Deal with Kids and Cyberbullying"

Posted: 10/13/2011

Most people in Minnesota know the PACER Center for its success in helping children with disabilities over the last 30 years. But six years ago, the Bloomington-based organization founded the National Bullying Prevention Center and now it's making a national impact. PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center has created a comprehensive approach to deal with the immediate impacts of bullying and the ongoing challenge of finding ways to change public behavior and perception of what is more than "just a part of growing up."

See the Video about How to deal with kids and cyberbullying

Posted: 10/13/2011

Hayley Reardon sings plenty of songs about all the things you'd expect from a 15-year-old. Boys, family, friends, and the challenges that come with being a teenager are common themes in the more than 100 songs she's written since picking up a guitar for the first time at age 12.

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