Before her death, Brandy sent messages to her family telling them she planned to kill herself. They rushed home to stop her, but instead they arrived in time for her to commit the act in their presence. According to KHOU, Texas considers harassment and bullying via “online communications” to be a misdemeanor, but Mr. Vela is pushing for the penalties to be strengthened, and a new bill in the state legislature is aiming to help do so.
The time has come in our nation when we have finally started to address the issue of bullying. What was long considered to be a natural part of growing up has become a national discussion on how to create safe places and nurturing environments for our children.
Realizing that the behavior of children is both something they learn through observing adults, and that can be redirected through the proper measures, one Wisconsin town has come up with an interesting plan to stop bullies. The Shawano city council just approved a new ordinance that allows the local police department to intervene in cases of bullying. The law applies to any child under the age of eighteen years old and is designed to target a number of types of harassment, from stealing lunch money to cyberbullying.