| Oct 23, 2013
| 8:09 AM
Jose Baez, the Florida lawyer who became a household name after defending Casey Anthony, is now representing the 12-year-old girl accused of bullying Rebecca Ann Sedwick for over a year before her suicide.
Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd last week...
| Oct 30, 2013
| 2:30 AM
There is perhaps no more heartbreaking story in the news these days than the suicide of a bullied 12-year-old Florida girl, a death all the more distressing because it was a preventable loss of young life.
The sadness extends beyond the obvious. Two...
| Sep 5, 2013
| 8:00 AM
Local filmmakers are creating a documentary about how the climate for LGBT students and educators at South Florida schools has evolved since the late 1970s.
"Schools, of course, just like the society has, have changed amazingly in 20 to 30 years, so...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 12:53 PM
If you have any interest in the complex and nuanced dynamics of workplace bullying and harassment, you must sit down with the newly released report about what, exactly, happened in and out of the Miami Dolphins locker room that led Jonathan Martin to walk...
| Nov 6, 2013
| 11:50 AM
At more than 300 pounds each, offensive line mates Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin of the Miami Dolphins aren't your typical bully and victim.
But it takes something out of the ordinary the spotlight of professional sports or a noisy lawsuit for...
| Sep 6, 2013
| 8:36 AM
Despite being a PG-rated, angst-adjacent, teen coming of age story, it wasn't until the 270th page (of 289) that I realized "Zero Fade," Chris L. Terry's debut novel, was a Young Adult book. But that revelation wasn't a jolt or a letdown. Instead it was a...
| Jan 31, 2014
| 7:50 AM
They said she was ugly. Disgusting, even.
They threatened to punch her in her "acne covered face."
They said she was too fat. She needed to eat more. They mocked her armpit hair, her tattoos, her art.
One even wished that she would die. ...
| Jan 23, 2014
Letter to the editor from Mundelein.
I believe that there is a problem when it comes to the harassment of autistic kids in school. There are laws and policies around the country against bullying (usually considered discrimination and...
| Feb 14, 2014
| 8:13 AM
The NFL released the independent investigation into the Miami Dolphins workplace harassment claims, which were made by offensive lineman Jonathan Martin on Friday morning.
In the 144-page report, which comes with a warning that the language and behavior...
| Dec 6, 2013
| 2:33 PM
I've written a few columns about bullying, and the topic never fails to elicit an impassioned response.
For the most part, the feedback from parents, educators and others in the community reveals wide agreement that we all have a part to play in...
| Dec 17, 2013
| 7:00 PM
At the start of the school year, students from a shuttered West Pullman neighborhood school looked scared as their new classmates at Haley Elementary eyed them suspiciously.
Some of the Haley students even asked the older West Pullman kids about their...