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Quinn Robinson is only 18 years old, but she has already learned some hard lessons about the world. "It's scary being a trans person because I know there are people out there who just hate me for being myself," she says. "There's been kids who have approached me and say, 'Hey, you should burn in hell.' "

Robinson is a high school senior in Allendale, Mich., a small but growing town about 30 minutes outside Grand Rapids and smack dab in the middle of what's known as the state's "Bible Belt." Drive off the main road and you quickly find yourself in farm country.

Anti-Bullying in 2019

Feb 7, 2019
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Bullying is considered the most common form of violence experienced by young people in the country. A new report from the YouthTruth student survey found that not only have bullying rates increased in the last few years, but students of color at majority white schools experienced higher rates bullying.  Today on All Sides, the impact of bullying and how to address it.  

After the 2016 presidential election, teachers across the country reported they were seeing increased name-calling and bullying in their classrooms. Now, research shows that those stories — at least in one state — are confirmed by student surveys.

One in five teachers do not report incidents of violence they experience in their classrooms, according to a study led by an Ohio State University researcher.

The study, paid for by the American Psychological Association, surveyed 3,403 K-12 teachers in 48 states. More than 2,500 responded that they had experienced some type of physical or verbal abuse by a student, a threat of violence, or an inappropriate sexual advance.

"There was a girl in my class who had on dirty clothes. The other kids laughed at her but I played with her during recess."

That's an everyday act of kindness toward a child who is being ostracized. It was reported by an elementary school student who took part in a new, nationally-representative survey of children ages 9 to 11. The purpose was to capture not only the bad, but also the good of how children treat each other, and even a little bit of the why.

Here are some of the key findings:

Ohio Senate

A state senator says at some point enough is enough when it comes to bullying in schools. She’s introducing a bill that would make it possible to file charges against a bully after several warnings.

Tech Tuesday: Online Hate, Jobs After Robots

Aug 22, 2017
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As a new school year approaches, get a refresher on social media and some of the things children can be experiencing online. Also up this hour, apps and android technology- can we be facing a new world with less human interaction? 

Read this article if you're having a rough day. This is a rare story about positive social change.

11:00 A new documentary film called "BULLY" focuses on the most common form of violence experienced by young people in America... On this hour of "All Sides," we're talking about the long-term consequences for victims and bullies and the strategies that are most effective in responding to and preventing bullying. Guests

Recent high-profile incidents involving bullies at schools have education leaders talking about how to take on the problem head on. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.