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Anti-Bullying Workshop at Point Boro High School Thurs. Night

Speaker to talk about new bullying law and how community can battle bullying

Local parents are encouraged to attend an informational seminar about how  the community can battle bullying at the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Thursday.

Paula Rodriguez-Rust, Ph.D., will discuss the and how parents and the school community can help prevent bullying and cyber-bullying.

The new legislation was signed by Gov. Christie in January and goes into effect this week.

According to spectrumdiversity.org, Rodriguez-Rust served on the New Jersey Special Task Force on Bullying and Cyberbullying Awareness and Prevention, is active in the New Jersey Coalition for Bullying Awareness and Prevention, and serves on the Board of the Central New Jersey Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).

Her professional memberships include the Society for the Study of Social Problems (SSSP) and the International Academy of Sex Research (IASR).

Dr. Rodríguez Rust is also on the Editorial Board of the Archives of Sexual Behavior, and has served on the Editorial Boards of Social Problems and Gender & Society, and on Institutional Review and Harassment Grievance Boards. She is known internationally for her original survey-based research on gender and sexual orientation.

A school district flier publicizing the event says, "Help promote acceptance and respect in our schools."

On Wednesday night, a robo-call telephone system dialed parents all over the borough with a message encouraging local parents to attend the seminar. Schools Superintendent Vincent Smith's recorded message mentioned the name of the speaker and the purpose of the seminar.

Aisha Arafati October 06, 2011 at 10:16 PM
Bullying at Pt Pleasant Boro HS began with the very first graduating class of 1966. Isn't that right, "Mayor" Schroeder? Former Police Chief Ray Hilling can tell some stories as his sister was subjected to a lot of the bullying too. Funny how the past catches up no matter how hard some of you try to keep those skeletons locked in the HS locker room. I would love to name names. But those of you who contributed to Sam Stillwell's suicide know who you are, even if you laughed merrily at the news and created a dance in Mrs. Wheeler's English class, captain of the cheerleaders, where you used your fingers poised as a gun and did the "mashed potatoes" dance pretending to pull the gun trigger. It took more than 40 years to finally expose this travesty. Imagine how many other victims of Pt Boro HS bullying are out there now. And you can count me as one. My years at Pt Boro HS scarred me for my entire life, especially Sam's suicide. His suicide could have been avoided. I hope Sam gets some peace from having Pt Boro HS's dirty little secret exposed.
Ken Hildebrandt October 07, 2011 at 01:08 AM
It's tough for a kid in the 6th grade to receive a note stating, "KILL, KILL, KILL," as I did, my tormentor going on to make his living bullying, And, to make matters worse, this very blog censored me for writing about the bullying my wife and I received at the hands of those who now do it for a living as adults. Of course the typical bully is really a coward, and will only fight unfairly, if at all.
Ken Hildebrandt October 07, 2011 at 01:12 AM
Wow! Thanks for sharing that. What a shame.
Charles Clark October 08, 2011 at 04:24 PM
@Ken, I agree, bullies are cowards that usually has the upper hand and can only fight unfairly. It is usually someone who are allowed to have egos and it is all about a power struggle between two individuals or groups. It is usually someone that is in a upper or powerful position. It is not going to be someone who has no power. Who is going to listen to them and that is the problem. Unfortunately, Bullying has been going on for years and it is happening everywhere, not only Point Boro. Don't take me the wrong way, I am surely not saying it is right or condoning this bad behavior. It is sad that it has been happening for so long and all our role models chose to look the other way which is obviously still continuing to happen and the reason why so many are demanding the school systems to change. So many are disappointed on what has been happening with in the schools on so many levels including the leaders who should be taking some sort of responsibilities on what is going on under their roof. The leader should not be supporting wrong but is because they don't want to admit to any wrong doing they will then be held liable. There is no accountability, one will lie the other will swear. So many support for all the wrong reasons including adults in the community in exchange for favors or special treatment, the popular, the known with in the community. You would at least the BOE would do what is right because they are voted in by the community and they are not either and should.
Charles Clark October 08, 2011 at 04:25 PM
We all become victims of these leaders. We hold them to a higher standard and they continue to prove us all wrong on all levels.

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