April 1st, 2010
09:45 PM ET

Bullied to Death? School Responds: Join the Live Chat

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Tonight on 360°, a Massachusetts school accused of not doing enough to stop bullying. The DA says the bullying led 15-year-old Phoebe Prince to kill herself. Tonight the Superintendent of South Hadley Schools responds. He speaks out in a prime-time exclusive. Plus, we continue our special investigation on the Church of Scientology.

Scroll down to join the live chat during the program. It's your chance to share your thoughts on tonight's headlines. Keep in mind, you have a better chance of having your comment get past our moderators if you follow our rules.

Here are some of them:

1) Keep it short (we don't have time to read a "book")
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Filed under: Live Blog • T1
April 1st, 2010
04:59 PM ET

Excerpt: The Bully, the Bullied and the Bystander

Editor's Note: More students have been removed from a Massachusetts school in the investigation of the alleged bullying campaign against a 15-year-old girl who committed suicide, a school official said Tuesday. Nine students at the school have been charged in what a prosecutor described Monday as a months-long campaign of bullying that led to the suicide in January of Phoebe Prince. Bullying is an issue in schools across the United States. Barbara Coloroso is an author and a consultant on parenting, teaching, positive school climate and nonviolent conflict resolution. She advised the school district on how to prevent bullying. Read an excerpt from her book below.

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Barbara Coloroso
'The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander'

The bully, the bullied, and the bystander are three characters in a tragic play performed daily in our homes, schools, playgrounds, and streets. As the examples in the introduction make clear, the play is real and the consequences can be deadly. A child who is playing “the bully” dresses, speaks, and acts the part, as do “the bullied” and “the bystander.” It is the posturing, the words, the actions, and the consequences of these elements combined that is the concern of this book. Most young children try out all three roles and play each one with relative ease, then abandon the bully and bullied roles to become bystanders. Some children play both bully and bullied and move effortlessly between the two. A few get typecast and find it almost impossible to break out of the role they have mastered, with no opportunity to develop more constructive social skills.

Typecasting raises the issue of language. As a former teacher, I have seen how easy, efficient, and nonproductive it is to use language as a kind of shorthand to mold a diagnosis and a child into one entity and use that term as if it encapsulates that child’s entire identity. A child who has diabetes is identified as a diabetic, a child with epilepsy is an epileptic, a child with asthma is an asthmatic, a child with a learning disability is a learning-disabled child. It takes a bit more effort and a few more syllables to say a child who has epilepsy, a child who has asthma, a child with a learning disability. I think it is worth both more effort and more syllables to keep from defining a child by his or her illness or disability.

So why use the terms the bully, the bullied, and the bystander? Some argue that to label the participants of a bullying episode is to typecast them and prevent them from moving out of their negative character roles. These writers prefer to focus on changing behavior and avoid labeling participants: the person bullying, the person bullied, the person observing. The emphasis is on providing alternatives for those taking part in or subjected to bullying.


April 1st, 2010
04:56 PM ET

Steve Perry's Top 10 Principles

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Editor's Note: CNN Education Contributor Steve Perry has a blueprint for America’s teachers, parents, decision makers and anyone who cares about the education of America’s children. In our series ‘Perry's Principles,’ Steve identifies a challenge and highlights successful examples of how the challenge was solved by introducing you to the passionate people behind each approach. Every Thursday, AC360° will illustrate one of Perry's Principles and tell you how you can be involved in educating America's youth.

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Steve Perry
CNN Education Contributor

Steve Perry's Top 10 Principles.

1. Everyone should care about the state of public education because everyone can do something to improve it.

2. Take an inventory of your time and talents to see how you can help to improve your public schools.

3. Race, income, gender and parents' level of education do not determine a student's ability.

4.Great educators produce inspiration that lasts a lifetime.

5. Educators must believe that all children can learn.

6. When educators love students they take their success personally.

7. Students need structure and respect people who have high expectations.

8. Parents matter.

9. All children can attend great schools when we put children's needs first.

10. We know what works in education, now we just need to do it.

Filed under: Education • Perry's Principles • Steve Perry
April 1st, 2010
04:45 PM ET

Video: Pharrell Williams on why education in America has got to change

Steve Perry
CNN Education Contributor

Pharrell is a global icon. He has sold more than 1 million albums, performed on every corner of the globe and earlier this year he called to ask how he can help kids. You're going to see how this American music phenomenon is the epitome of Perry's Principles. He proves the first of Perry's Principles – everyone should care about public education because everybody can do something to improve it.

Pharrell is intelligent and engaging. I'm sure you'll be as impressed as I was by the depth of his thoughts. I left the interview inspired.

Join us on AC360° tonight at 11 p.m. ET as we debut 'Perry's Principles,' a weekly series that highlights solutions to some of America's most pressing issues in education.

Filed under: Perry's Principles • Steve Perry
April 1st, 2010
04:32 PM ET

RNC is tripped up by sex hotline

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Mark Preston

Already under fire for picking up the tab at a Los Angeles nightclub where topless dancers mimic sex acts, the Republican National Committee is now facing questions as to why a number on a fundraising mail piece led people to a telephone sex hotline.

It clearly was a mistake, but it couldn't come at a worse time for the RNC, which has faced a barrage of criticism from social conservatives for the nightclub expense.

“We love nasty talk as much as you do," a woman is heard on the other end of the sex hotline. The woman, whose voice is on a recorded message, also welcomes callers as “sexy guy” and says this is an opportunity for them to talk to "students, housewives and working girls from all over the country."

Keep reading...

Filed under: Democrats • Raw Politics • Republicans
April 1st, 2010
04:28 PM ET

Republicans celebrate April Fools by praising Obama

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Alexander Mooney

National Republicans praised President Obama Thursday and declared that he has "kept all his promises" and is "truly the greatest president ever."

No, this is not an episode of “The Twilight Zone.” It's an April Fools Day joke from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

In a new Web video, the GOP organization tasked with regaining control of the Senate this November, cheers Obama for solving global warming "by replacing cars with low-emission unicorns” and achieving an unemployment rate of "negative 39 percent," among other “accomplishments.”

Keep reading...

Filed under: Energy • President Barack Obama • Republicans
April 1st, 2010
04:25 PM ET

Treating a Bullying Victim: What to do

The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center

  • Tell the child or adolescent that you care and are concerned. Ask the child to tell you what is going on and provide an opportunity for the child to talk to you openly. Explain that telling is not tattling and that you need the information in order to help. When the child begins to talk, respond in an accepting and positive way. Make it clear that the bullying is not the child's fault, and that telling you was the right thing to do.
  • Gather a complete violence history from the child or adolescent that addresses exposure to violence, safety issues, stressors in school, family, and community.
  • Talk to the child's parents/caregivers about bullying and its seriousness. Address any myths they might hold about bullying. Some parents may believe that bullying is a normal part of childhood and that children are best left to work it out among themselves. Some believe that fighting back is the best way to stop bullying.
  • Provide the child's parents with information about bullying and how to help their child respond to bullying.
  • Provide the child or adolescent with information on bullying.
  • Encourage the child's school to implement a comprehensive violence prevention plan that includes an anti-bullying component.


Filed under: Bullying • Education
April 1st, 2010
04:01 PM ET

Interactive: Bullying laws by state

OWLEUS Bullying Prevention Program

You can view a states information about its laws to address bullying, harassment, and hazing by clicking on the map above.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Bullying
April 1st, 2010
03:36 PM ET

Beat 360° 4/1/10

Ready for today's Beat 360°? Everyday we post a picture you provide the caption and our staff will join in too. Tune in tonight at 10pm to see if you are our favorite! Here is the 'Beat 360°' pic:

US President Barack Obama arrives to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force base in Maryland, on April 1, 2010. Obama is traveling to Portland, Maine, where he will deliver remarks at the Portland Expo Center on how the historic health insurance reform bill he signed into law will end the worst practices of insurance companies, immediately begin to bring down costs for families and small businesses, and expand coverage to 32 million Americans who are currently uninsured.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Have fun with it. We're looking forward to your captions! Make sure to include your name, city, state (or country) so we can post your comment.

Beat 360° Winners:


Maggie Schneider

“Oh no, didn’t see ya there Bo. ”


Brad, MA

"President Obama demonstrating that his new Health Care bill even covers motion sickness."

Filed under: Beat 360° • T1
April 1st, 2010
03:36 PM ET
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