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Optimist that I am, I always believed that even though our society is so politically divided, there were certain issues that we could all rally around as human beings, such as preventing violence against children and youth. But even this seemingly benign, universally acceptable issue is drawing criticism. Read more» 1

Paul Eppinger, director of Arizona Interfaith Movement, speaks to a crowd gathered at the Capitol at a news conference on a failed bill aimed at combating bullying in schools.

A Democratic leader who authored a bill aimed at curbing bullying in Arizona schools said a conservative group’s lobbyist engineered the measure’s demise. Read more»

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, nearly 20 percent of students said they had been bullied on school property.

The Fund for Civility, Respect and Understanding is sponsoring "Step Up, Speak Out, End Bullying," a contest for students in the community to create public service announcements to combat bullying. Read more»

A Senate panel endorsed a bill Monday that would expand requirements for school districts when it comes to bullying, intimidation and other forms of harassment among students, including allowing policies to cover incidents that occur off campus. Read more»

A nationwide study conducted in part by University of Arizona researchers to identify causes for the high risk for suicide by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people has begun. Read more» 1

Madelaine Adelman, co-chair of the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s Phoenix chapter, said that most teachers want to intervene in situations of gay students being bullied, but they feel restrained by conflicting policies.

Schools can reduce bullying against students based on sexual orientation or identity by adopting policies listing groups that typically are targeted and encouraging teachers and staff members to intervene, two advocates said Friday. Read more» 1

High levels of identity-based victimization can lead to long term physical and mental health problems, according to a study by San Francisco State University. Read more»

John Baba describes what happened when his son was beaten by bully at school. He spoke in support of a bill by Rep. Kimberly Yee, R-Phoenix, that would require schools to develop procedures for addressing bullying and that would punish school employees who fail to file reports about incidents of bullying.

An Arizona House bill calls for disciplinary action against school employees, from administrators to teachers to janitors, who fail to file detailed reports about bullying. (with video) Read more»