Posts Tagged ‘bullying’

Bullied 13 year old Nadin Khoury meets Eagles’ star Desean Jackson

Friday, February 4th, 2011

Nadin Khoury appeared on the Barbara Walters show to raise awareness about bullying.  The 13 year old’s story shocked the nation after videos emerged on YouTube of him being brutally assaulted by a pack of young boys last month. 

But meeting Walters and Whoopi Goldberg was not all that was in store for Nadin.  The middle school boy and his family were in tears as they greeted receiver DeSean Jackson and Todd Herremans, Nadin’s idols.

“I was sitting in the back room and seeing the video, and I just wanted to say you’re brave,” Jackson told the star-struck boy . “Because people go through this every day and are not brave enough to take this on.”

He then proceeded to take off his Eagles jersey, signed it and present it to an speechless Nadin and promised to get Nadin’s family passes to games the next season.

“Anytime you need us, I got two lineman right here,” he said. “Anything ever happen again, you let us know, we got you.”

An awe struck Nadin thanked the players and tell Jackson, “You’re my favorite player of all time.”

On his Twitter page, Jackson had a lot of praise for Nadin saying;

Nadin is the real deal,” he tweeted. “He’s doin’ his best.”

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Demi Lovato in Rehab due to Bullying

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2010

Demi Lovato checked herself into a rehab facility in a bid to overcome personal issues that many are speculating stems from the fact that she was a victim of bullying.

Fans are fully behind Demi Lovato, and now the focus has shifted to ex-boyfriend Joe Jonas, and his girlfriend, Twilight star Ashley Greene who have been under attack on Twitter ever since Lovato went into rehab.  There are two Twitter accounts in particular who are leading the smear campaign against the young couple, and both already have over a hundred thousand followers.

Some of the tweets include:

“I seriously hate you @AshleyMGreene.”

“Hey @AshleyMGreene? You’re the reason for Demi’s breakdown, we all know that. Emotional abuse from you, and your friends. You are lower than a snake on the ground.”

It is sad to think that this type of account is allowed to take root on twitter or any other social network for that matter.  It needs to be stamped out and fast.

This is a huge problem that has already resulted in the deaths of young people.

The question is when is someone going to take the responsibility for having these sites screened and deleted or when applicable the responsible parties reported to the authorities.

Any suggestions on how we can put an end to this?

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Tyler Clementi takes his own life after fellow students broadcast his private sexual encounters on the net.

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman jumped from the George Washington Bridge in New York City last week, ending his own life after his fellow students videotaped a sexual encounter between the 18 year old student and another man.

The tragedy has gay activists and students up in arms.  Although we live in more enlightened times many young gay people still struggle with coming to terms with their sexuality.

Dr. Jennifer Hartstein, an Early Show contributor and child and adolescent psychologist commented:

“He’s already more worried about how he will fit in and where he fits in and struggling with that, we can assume, as that happens in a lot of gay teenagers. We then have to figure out – here it is, he’s struggling with that already, and then his roommate takes advantage of that and preys on the weakness that is this uncertainty and this fear,” she said.  “And now, everybody knows, and he now has to answer to all of that, and doesn’t necessarily know how. And, sadly, the only option becomes suicide, because they don’t think they can do kind of enough damage control or deal with it enough.”

The Clementi family said they are “heartbroken beyond words” in a statement.

Police believe his roommate Dharun Ravi, and another classmate, Molly Wei, used Skype to stream Clementi’s sexual affairs to the web and then boast about it.

“Roommate asked for the room till midnight,” Ravi, 18, tweeted on Sept. 19. “I went into Molly’s room and turned on my webcam. I saw him making out with a dude. Yay.”

It is unclear how many people actually saw the video, but it’s clear that it was too much for the shy teen to handle and it would not have been difficult for any person with an ounce of common sense to understand that this was a private thing between two people and no-one else was ever or should ever have been privy to it.

Although some of Ravi and Wei’s friends believe that the pair did not act maliciously – that instead, it was more of a practical joke gone wrong, according to The New York Post it should be obvious that a private sexual encounter is not practical joke material.

Dr. Herschopf says. “These kids knew he would be humiliated by this – they may not have known to what extent.   But to disseminate publicly something you know will humiliate someone is nothing short of sadistic.”

There is a Facebook page dedicated to Clementi’s memory.

Ravi and Wei were charged with two counts each of invasion of privacy. If convicted, they could each face up to five years in jail.

Now we have to look at this and see what can be done to stop it from happening again.  Bullying needs to be stomped on in any guise.

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