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Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Bully for showing that brutal bullies
are common place in American schools and it's about time
school officials do something about it.

Bully
It's Time To Take a Stand

Bully (2011) - 99 minutes
Bully at Amazon.com

From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker, Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias and principals' offices, this is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent and teenager should see.

2-21-20 Quaden Bayles: Australian boy in bullying video receives global support
People around the world have rallied behind a nine-year-old Australian boy after a video of his deep distress over being bullied went viral. Yarraka Bayles posted the clip of her son, Quaden, crying after he was targeted at school for his dwarfism. "This is what bullying does," she says in the video, in which her son also says he wants to end his life. The clip, viewed over 14 million times, has triggered an outpouring of support and #WeStandWithQuaden messages. Celebrities including actor Hugh Jackman and basketball player Enes Kanter have spoken out, while parents in other countries have shared video messages from their children. Jackman told Quaden "you are stronger than you know, mate" and called on everyone to "be kind". In the confronting six-minute video, posted on Tuesday, Quaden's mother describes the relentless bullying experienced by her son every day. The family, who are Aboriginal Australian, live in Queensland. "I've just picked my son up from school, witnessed a bullying episode, rang the principal, and I want people to know - parents, educators, teachers - this is the effect that bullying has," Ms Bayle says as her son sobs. "Every single... day, something happens. Another episode, another bullying, another taunt, another name-calling. "Can you please educate your children, your families, your friends?" The words #StopBullying were trending on Friday as people described their own experiences and urged Quaden to "stay strong". Children in different countries have also posted messages of friendship. US comedian Brad Williams, who has the same dwarfism condition of Achondroplasia, said he had raised more than $130,000 (£100,000) in less than a day to send the family to Disneyland. "This isn't just for Quaden, this is for anyone who has been bullied in their lives and told they weren't good enough," he wrote on the fundraising page. "Let's show Quaden and others, that there is good in the world and they are worthy of it." Eric Trump, the son of the US president, described the video as "absolutely heartbreaking". Meanwhile basketball star Enes Kanter tweeted "the world is behind you" and invited the family to an NBA game. Sports teams in Australia have also rallied behind Quaden, with the indigenous rugby league side inviting him to be lead the team at a match this weekend.

2-9-20 Ukraine's teen bullying drama that shattered taboos and stirred a nation
It has become a TV hit, a drama that has shattered taboos and given Ukraine's teenagers the courage to open up about their lives. Early Swallows tells stories about teenagers struggling with bullying and online harassment; they question their sexual identity and even consider taking their own lives. Issues like these are rarely dealt with in Ukraine in public. Six million viewers watch the show on TV and millions more have seen it online. A key part of the programme is a non-governmental mental health helpline detailed at the end of every episode. Within the first month of the drama going out, the number of calls to the helpline went up by 600%. The series gave 16-year old Maxim from western Ukraine the encouragement he needed to come out as gay. "First I talked to my father, then I told others. I don't care if anyone doesn't like my lifestyle," he told the BBC. "Luckily, people around me didn't really have a problem." Maxim says he knows many others who came out as a result of the TV series. Early Swallows - Pershi Lastivky in Ukrainian - is based on the lives of teenagers in a secondary school class. Five teens are subjected to online harassment from an anonymous user pretending to be their friend. They struggle with various forms of bullying and lack parental support. One of the girls ends up taking her own life. When one of the episodes covered a boy struggling to come to terms with his homosexuality, it was pretty much the first time that adolescent LGBT identity had been portrayed on Ukrainian TV. Another storyline involves a teenage girl with alcoholic parents who has a speech disability. What emerges is the sense that the more lonely a teenager feels, the more vulnerable they are to online harassment. The series has already been hailed as a wake-up call for parents.

11-15-17 How social stress makes your brain vulnerable to depression
How bullying can lead to depression. EXPERIENCES like bullying make the blood-brain barrier leaky, leading to brain inflammation and leaving you vulnerable to depression, according to studies of human brains and mice. Anything that threatens your sense of worth is a type of social stress – be it bullying, body-image issues, social anxiety or extreme shyness. To see how such stresses affect mood, Scott Russo of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, and his team exposed 24 small, subordinate mice to larger, dominant mice for 10 minutes every day, for 10 days. Ten of the mice coped well, but 14 became socially withdrawn and more timid. Comparing blood, DNA and tissue samples from the small mice and control mice suggests that social stress changes mood in three stages. First, the stress kicks off inflammation in the bloodstream. This weakens the blood-brain barrier, which normally protects the brain, making it more likely to let substances in. This enables large molecules like inflammatory substance interleukin-6 and aggressive white blood cells called monocytes to pass into the brain. Here they seem to disrupt signalling in the nucleus accumbens, which helps evaluate threats and rewards. This is the first study to link social stress to blood-brain barrier dysfunction and depression-related behaviour, says Russo. In stressed mice, up to 30 per cent of vessels lining the blood-brain barrier showed signs of breaches in the nucleus accumbens. This seems to be caused by changes in gene activity – in stressed mice, genes in this brain area produced 40 per cent less of a protein called claudin-5, which usually secures the integrity of the blood-brain barrier.

7-7-17 Even toddlers expect bullies to get more than their fair share
Even toddlers expect bullies to get more than their fair share
For the first time, there’s evidence that even 17-month-old infants expect socially dominant people to be treated differently in life, and to get more things. Even babies seem to expect bullies to get more in life. For the first time, there’s evidence that infants expect socially dominant people to be treated differently. From as young as 6 months, babies begin to judge other people’s characters, and by the age of 10 months, infants anticipate that bigger things will dominate smaller ones. Now an experiment has found that 17-month-old infants expect dominant people to have more toys and other resources. Previous studies have found that, in the absence of any social differences, infants expect objects to be equally shared out between people. This was discovered by playing videos of Lego pieces being shared between two people, and seeing how long a toddler looked at variations from a fair procedure – a sign of surprise. Other studies involving sharing crackers or milk had similar findings. Now a team has discovered that 17-month-old toddlers follow social cues to adjust their expectations of what a person should have. “They are tuned to what they observe – who is more powerful or competent – and use that to make further predictions,” says team member Hyo Gweon at Stanford University in California. (Webmaster's comment: Like I've said the near human-extinction event 73,000 years-ago resulted in the survival of the strongest, most intelligent and most brutal strain of humans.)

8-23-16 Why bullying is such a successful evolutionary strategy
Why bullying is such a successful evolutionary strategy
It is not just people that bully the vulnerable. Many animals do it too, and in evolutionary terms it may even work. Frodo ruled with an iron fist. He incited fear among his fellow group members. His "demonic streak", as it was later called, started early. From three years old he was throwing rocks at those around him. Frodo, a large-bodied chimpanzee with a recognisable grey streak, would later become the alpha male of his group in Tanzania's Gombe Stream National Park. The primatologist Jane Goodall called him a "real bully". She had even predicted his rise back in 1979, writing: "In about twenty years one of these two brothers probably will become the alpha." All the other chimps feared Frodo, which helped his rise to the top. He even pushed himself on his own mother, and fathered a sickly infant with her, who would not survive for long. "He was aggressive towards all of the other chimps," says anthropologist Michael Wilson of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, who first met Frodo in 2001. "A lot of the other males had a bare patch of fur on their lower back side from where Frodo would bite them." Many other primates show similar behaviour to Frodo's. His actions hint at something rather dark about our shared ancestry with chimpanzees. They suggest that bullying your way to the top has a long history, and may even be innate. (Webmaster's comment: There is no excuse for humans bullying even if it is built-in. We have this very large conscious brain and we are fully able to make a conscious decision not to bully. We do not have to be brutes!)

4-15-16 France Creteil: Girls 'tortured 12-year-old' in bullying case
France Creteil: Girls 'tortured 12-year-old' in bullying case
French police are questioning three schoolgirls in a Paris suburb suspected of torturing a younger girl, in a bullying ordeal that lasted months. The victim's father told Europe 1 radio the attackers had stubbed out cigarettes on the 12-year-old's face and arms, dislocated her jaw, slashed her with a knife and urinated on her. The gang in Creteil extorted money from her and tortured her after she had gone to steal from a grocer's, it is alleged.

Week of Aug 1st-7th. Canadian researchers found that high school-age bullies had higher self-esteem, greater social rank, and lower rates of depression than other students, indicating that bullying works. They also get more sex. (Webmaster's comment: As a survival and breeding strategy it makes sense that they do. The top brutes feel great and many women see them as the best breeding choices. But when it comes to having a civilized society they are a complete failure, and tolerating them leads to the abuse and violence that's running out of control in America.)

Bully
It's Time To Take a Stand

Sioux Falls Feminists endorse Bully for showing that brutal bullies
are common place in American schools and it's about time
school officials do something about it.