Police are investigating what happened in a case of bullying that turned deadly.
Bailey O'Neill, a 12-year-old sixth grader, died on Sunday after he was removed from life support. He started having serious seizures that forced doctors to eventually put him into a medically induced coma after a Jan. 10th bullying incident. Police haven't said if they're going to file charges. His family, though, is completely heartbroken.
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), also the chairman of the Joint Economic Committee, wrote an op-ed on CNN.com about bullying legislation that he has now proposed.
This morning on "Starting Point," Sen. Casey talks about his proposed legislation and explains why he thinks bullying today is much more damaging and insidious than in years past.
Bullying is one of the key areas we are targeting with our ExAM4Schools.com app. The idea is that by empowering ALL of the stakeholders in the school to report and manage these types of incidents we can reduce the number of incidents themselves. People are a lot less likely to do this type of thing when they know there is a good chance of getting caught.
When I acted up as a kid at school I stood the risk of meeting the business end of a paddle at the hands of a coach or assistant principle. Same risk at home from my dad. Now after years of demonizing and criminalizing corporal punishment, a society of very angry super-predators has risen, with no fear at all of any level of authority. Couple that with a bunch of asinine "zero-tolerance" rules whereby a victim who dares to defend himself with the only thing bullies have ever understood—force— is met with the same level of punishment that the bully (maybe) gets, and you get an "epidemic" of bullying. Ironically, you also get legions of baffled feminists, liberal educators, and lilified legislators bent on the notion that if they just enact enough laws they can social engineer away the problems they and their kind created in the first place. Forget the church, strong dads, or men in general as the ones' responsible to teach their boys to respect themselves and others. That's too old school. Too uncool.
Its true that technology is one cause of making bullying worse. My daughter joined facebook two years ago when she was 12. Within few months we learned from one of her friend’s mom that there were threats and one of the kids in their class decided to leave to another school. I then started to look around for a way to know what is going on with my daughter and found a couple of solutions. There is software that you can install called NetNanny(www.netnanny,com) and it filters what your kids are doing online but when it comes to facebook, it will only filter what your kid is watching and cannot “see” things that your kid is not accessing. Also, if your kid accesses facebook from a smartphone or a different device, you will not know about that. There’s also a service that requires no installs or downloads that monitors your child’s facebook all the time regardless of what they use to access which I thought was great and I am using. It is called pgguard(www.pgguard.com). I hope this helps to those worried parents who have the same problem as mine.
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