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Communication is the Best Defense in the Fight Against Bullying

By Detective Daniella Quinn

 

It has to be a very painful and scary thing for parents to learn that their child is being bullied. As parents, you may find yourself pondering the tough question: Do I intervene on behalf of my children or hold back and let them work out the problem themselves?

DBT Bullying 1At times, it wasn’t until after the fact that parents learned their children were being bullied. And I think that’s probably true more often than not —  kids go through these things and never tell their parents.

One in 10 teens tells parents if they have been a cyber bully victim. Less than one in five cyber bullying incidents are reported to law enforcement.

Bullying is a repeated and hurtful act of someone intimidating or hurting another person.  This behavior includes taunting, teasing, spreading rumors, social exclusion, hitting or pushing, taking or breaking another’s property. Cyber bullying is online harassment to include sending mean texts, emails or instant messages, posting nasty pictures or messages about someone else.

In this fight against bullying and cyber bullying, communication is key. Parents should:

  • Talk to your children and explain to them what bullying is and that it is unacceptable
  • Teach your children about how to resolve conflicts peacefully and accepting everyone’s differences
  • Always keep open communication with your children; know their friends and most of all know their concerns
  • Encourage your children to not be afraid and report, to any trusted adult, any bullying that occurs to them or even if they see it occurring to someone else.  Let’s get the children to begin to speak up for one another and help their peers
  • Ask questions daily about what your children are doing in school; monitor their Internet and cell phone activity, set rules and guidelines for its use.  As a parent of a child using social media, educate yourself about the Internet and its various forms of communication and use parental controls.  Importantly, take the time to look at the social media conversations, the pictures/videos on your child’s profile page and make sure your children are aware of the consequences of any negative posts or comments.

There are, of course, a million forms of bullying, and sometimes the worst thing adults can do is look the other way. We’ve seen the worst cases where teenagers have used social media in horrible ways that has resulted in their peers committing suicide.

Though bullying is as old as classrooms, it is only in recently that states have moved to address this issue with legislation. Previously, this was simply the domain of schools. In 1999, only Georgia had an anti-bullying law. Today, every state except Montana does. In the past 14 years, states have enacted nearly 130 anti-bullying measures, half of them since 2008.

Spurred partly by the Columbine shootings in 1999, when it was reportedly that the suspects had been bullied, states began rapidly addressing bullying, according to a 2011 U.S. Department of Education report. Victims in 18 states now have legal recourse either from schools that fail to address the issue or from the bullies themselves.

The hopeful news is that in my lifetime, schools and law enforcement have become much more aware of the dangers of bullying and the need to be proactive. The bad news is it is still not enough.

Remember that bullying is not only wrong; it’s a crime and should be reported right away. Now is the time to stand up against bullying. Let’s continue to work together to keep the children in our community safe.

 

 

 


Police: 2 Teens Stole Handgun From Locked Cruiser

 DELRAY BEACH – Two teenagers are behind bars after they allegedly broke into a police officer’s cruiser and stole his department-issued handgun, which was left under the seat, police said.

One of the teens, 17, used a pry tool to open the door while his 16-year-old accomplice stood watch, police said. The suspects, charged as juveniles, are not being named because of their ages. However, detectives will push to have them tried as adults.

The officer remains on duty while his agency reviews the incident. Department policy requires that any gun left inside a police car is locked up or mounted.

The suspects fired rounds from the gun and at least one said he wanted to kill an officer, police said. Another told officers that he was a member of a gang.


Police handcuffed autistic boy on Md. school bus

By Online Staff

LAUREL, Md. (AP Sept. 22, 2012) — School officials are investigating after an 11-year-old autistic boy was handcuffed by police officers on a Maryland school bus.

The Baltimore Sun (http://bsun.md/RJ1WLw ) reports the boy allegedly bit several people Wednesday afternoon. He was being driven home from Baltimore’s Kennedy Krieger Institute, which educates students with severe learning disabilities.

Howard County police say the boy’s bus driver and an aide called 911 and said they and two students had been bitten. They told police the boy had become aggressive after escaping from his seat harness. No one was treated for injuries and no one was arrested.

The boy’s mother, Judy Santelices of Columbia, says her son should have been treated differently.

Howard County schools spokeswoman Rebecca Amani-Dove says the driver and aide followed correct protocols.


Police seek Witnesses to Fatal Crash

DELRAY BEACH – Investigators, trying to recreate the moments before a Toyota slammed into a tree on Sunday, need your help if you have information.
Shortly before 6:30 a.m., the four-door Toyota was southbound in the 2400 block of North Federal Highway when it struck a tree in the median, police said.
Investigators think the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, may have lost control of her car.
When police arrived they found the driver, who was the only occupant in the car, dead inside. The air bags were deployed.
Anyone who witnessed this crash or has information about it, is asked to call traffic homicide investigator Daniel Cramer at 561-243-7800.


Police Search for Duo Suspected of Using Stolen Credit Card

DELRAY BEACH – Police are looking for a man and a woman, in the above photo, they say used a stolen credit card at several locations in Delray Beach earlier this month.

The card was stolen during a car burglary in Ocean Ridge on Aug. 9, police said.

Later in the day of Aug. 9, the pair was caught on surveillance video attempting to use the card at a Home Depot in the city, police said.

Anyone with similar incidents or information the man and woman are asked to contact Detective Anthony Martinez at 561-243-6212.


Boynton police: assailants sprayed home killing 2 innocent women

BOYNTON BEACH – Two men, armed with high-powered semi-automatic rifles, barged into a home late Saturday, opened fire and gunned down two sisters with two young children nearby, police said.

Janice Rahming 54, and Daphne Clemons, 41, were pronounced dead at the scene in the 1600 block of Northeast Second Court. The shooting occurred around 10:45 p.m. Rahming was visiting her sister Clemons.

A third woman, who was across the street, was shot in the leg and treated at a local hospital.

The two children were in another room during the shooting were not injured. Both are now with relatives.

Police say the women were not the intended targets.

“This was a senseless, horrific shooting of innocent people,” police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater said in a release.

Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Chris Crawford at (561) 742-6139, First Sgt. Paul Sheridan at (561) 742-6133 or Crime Stoppers at (800) 458-TIPS (8477). Callers may remain anonymous.


Early morning shooting leaves 52-year-old Boynton man dead

By Staff Reports

Delray Beach Tribune

BOYNTON BEACH – March 12, Authorities are searching for the killer of a 52-year-old man, who was fatally wounded in an early-morning shooting on Monday.

Boynton Beach police were called to an apartment complex at 701 Rider Road shortly after 2 a.m. after several neighbors called 911 to report hearing a gunshot.

When officers arrived, they followed a trail of blood up an exterior staircase leading up to a second-floor apartment and found Vincent Veasey face down.

Boynton Beach Fire Rescue personnel arrived at the scene and pronounced Veasey dead.

A police spokeswoman said detectives are following several leads. It was not made clear if there was one shooter or multiple shooters.

Veasey has a criminal history dating back to 2000. He’s been arrested for drug possession and sales, and aggravated battery.

The Boynton Beach Police Department is asking anyone with information to call 561-732-8116 or Crime Stoppers of Palm Beach County at 800-458-TIPS. Callers can remain anonymous.