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Lessons Learned from Abuse of Bus Monitor Karen Klein

June 21, 2012 by

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Karen Klein, an older bus monitor in Greece, New York, is shown in this ten minute video being verbally abused by a group of middle school students. The footage is disturbing and upsetting. In response, a fundraising effort on indiegogo to give Klein a vacation has brought in over $134,000 and the numbers keep going […]

What Do We Know About Gangs?

May 16, 2012 by

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Gangs are notoriously difficult study. How do you define them? Ask people to self-identify and trust their answers? Ask cops? Social scientists? Prison officials? All of these methods have serious flaws, but there’s no great alternative. So how does the National Gang Center conduct the National Youth Gang Survey? Since 1996, the National Gang Center, […]

Who Knows When Kids are Victimized? Schools Do

May 1, 2012 by

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The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) just released a bulletin titled “Child and Youth Victimization Known to Police, School, and Medical Authorities.” Perhaps the most interesting finding is the size of the discrepancy between schools and police knowing about child victimizations. In general, school officials knew about victimization episodes considerably more often (42 […]

Trayvon Martin’s Death and What it Says About Race, Privilege, and Homicide

March 21, 2012 by

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Trayvon Martin’s death is inextricably bound up in his age, his hoodie, and his race. An older white woman, even in a hoodie, would not have been a likely target for George Zimmerman. But Trayvon, in his youth, his masculinity, and his racial identity as an African-American, fulfilled the stereotype of the unknown criminal offender. […]

Kids and Social Messages About Crime

March 11, 2012 by

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It’s completely normal for kids to be interested in cops and robbers, superheroes and supervillains. In fact, identifying with these kinds of characters and their common story arcs is a way to learn about good and evil and the nuances of morality. Identifying with Wonder Woman might help a little girl negotiate harassment she is […]

Lady Gaga Gets it Right on Bullying Language

March 2, 2012 by

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Lady Gaga’s new Born This Way Foundation is working to stop bullying – and the smartest thing she’s doing is avoiding the term “bully” itself. While the media, as well as many of her monsters, are using the word bully left and right, Gaga’s foundation doesn’t use the word. At all. Instead, there are other […]