Fourteen-year-old Noel Estevez is accused of fatally stabbing Timothy Crump, also 14, outside of their middle school in the Morris Heights section of the Bronx. Estevez was initially charged with murder and was to be tried as an adult, but on July 1, a grand jury voted to indict the teen for a lesse ... More >>
In 2010, Marquan Mackey-Meggs, a 15-year-old student at Cohoes High School in Albany County, started a Facebook group called "Cohoes Flame." On the page, according to court documents, he posted "photographs of high-school classmates and other adolescents, with detailed descriptions of their alleged ... More >>
As the story now goes, 15-year-old Felicia Garcia threw herself in front of a train in Staten Island as dozens of horrified students watched on Wednesday afternoon after getting tormented by several members of her high school's football team.The alleged bullying followed a weekend party, at which sh ... More >>
Uncle Jake Gyllenhaal to the rescue
There's good news and bad news for any cyber-tough-guys out there whose brand of bullying involves being a prick from behind the safety of a keyboard. The bad news: Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the much-anticipated "Cyberbullying Bill" into law this afternoon. The good news (for cyber-pricks, anyway ... More >>
And that writer is little old me! Sorry this is a few days old--I've got to bing myself more often--but I just came upon a fascinating article with the above title that pits Gaga's camp against my own. It talks about the verbal assault on Twitter, Facebook, and La Daily Musto on behalf of Lady Gag ... More >>
Not you, mind you. I'm talking about the icky, boring, cliched, hateful wretches that ocassionally pop up here or on Facebook and Twitter, to turn my whole milk sour. The worst: (5) The "zzzzz" trolls. Nothing is ever exciting enough for these people. I'm handing them tidbits and observations ... More >>
Today, the Voice wrote about Karen Klein, a 68-year-old bus monitor in Greece, New York, who was viciously taunted by the kids in her care. One kid, who claims he did not participate in the bullying, took video of the incident. That video has since gone viral, prompting thousands to come out in supp ... More >>
Bullying, both on- and offline, has been hitting headlines lately. The trial conviction of Dharun Ravi, the Rutgers student who webcam-ed his homosexual roommate Tyler Clementi, has developed into a major story about the horrors of pressured teasing. The documentary Bully dug deep into the ... More >>
An Education in Abuse
Earlier today, the Voice brought you news of pending legislation in Albany that would make New York-based websites, such as blogs and newspapers, "remove any comments posted on his or her website by an anonymous poster unless such anonymous poster agrees to attach his or her name to the post." For ... More >>
Andrew Cuomo had decided to fight cyber-bullying, and recent reports indicate that he and several legislators are working to OK a bill before the legislative session's end. This isn't the first time cyber-bullying legislation has come up in New York. However, uncertainty about how to handle this k ... More >>
The hated revenge-porn profiteer says he wants to teach a lesson with his web site. How long before the 26-year-old learns one himself?
This is a great idea! It Ends Today is a non-profit org that promotes anti-bullying awareness in schools and communities by giving scholarships to students who talk publicly about their experiences with bullying and its effects on them. That might not reduce the trauma, but it does help with the e ... More >>
We often write about the latest efforts of the Manhattan District Attorney to sentence criminals and stop crime in the city. His news releases alert us to crime activity throughout the borough, but today, we thought we'd update you on DA Cy Vance's initiatives to address a different kind of crime sc ... More >>
Cindy McCain, the wife of Senator John McCain, is a little less outspoken right now than a couple of days ago. Just the other day, she was part of an all-star anti-bullying video in which she criticized the government's failure to let gays be open in the military.
Heartbreak. It's the only way to describe how one could feel on the shocking revelation that the cast-members of MTV's Jersey Shore -- and Village Voice Queer Issue cover-models -- are showing hatred towards the transgendered and bullying victims communities.
Forbes magazine has named Lady Gaga the seventh most powerful women on the planet, topping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor. This is an outrage! Gaga should have been higher! Maybe even at number one, above their actual choice, Michelle Obama. After all ... More >>
That's what I was accused of by a Facebook friend. He wrote, "So I hear you're going to be in an anti-bullying video. But aren't you the one who bullied and maligned Carrie Prejean?"
Organizer Oscar Aydin Apaydinli just sent out this impassioned letter: "November 1st has been selected as 'National Anti-Bullying Day', as it coincides with November being National Child Safety and Protection month. "I've taken the liberty of beginning to send letters to all the elected off ... More >>
Seth Walsh, aged 13.Yes, quadruple horror stories have emerged as a result of homophobic bullying around the country lately, and Lambda Legal Deputy Legal Director Hayley Gorenberg had this anguished reaction to it all: "Our hearts and sympathies are with the families and loved ones of the f ... More >>
The City has devised new anti-bullying tactics for the public schools, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday. The "Respect for All" initiative, in addition to telling students that bullying is wrong, mandates standards for tracking and dealing with bullies. Each school will assign a member of its staf ... More >>