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October is Bullying Prevention Month across the country, and a new project is working to help children learn to stop bullying before it begins in Western New York


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A town hall meeting was held Tuesday night at the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts to discuss the current state of the Buffalo Public Schools led by Superintendent Dr. Kriner Kash and Board President Dr. Barbara Nevergold. The conversational atmosphere sparked some passionate responses from parents, faculty and students.

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A national motivational speaker visited students at Kenmore West High School Wednesday for an anti-bullying event. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says students learned about how to 'build emotional resilience'. 

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Parents of children found bullying other minors could face jail time under a new law approved in North Tonawanda.

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What happens when we lend high school students our recording equipment and let them do interviews on any topics they choose? As part of WBFO's ongoing education reporting we continue our Student Journals series. Senior Reporter Eileen Buckley says an ambitious student at Amherst Central High School conducted a number of interviews with classmates.  


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Students at the Stanley Makowski Early Childhood Center in Buffalo participated in an anti-bullying event Tuesday. WBFO's senior reporter Eileen Buckley says it was part of the completion of a program called "Dignified Dissenters."

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Buffalo Bills owner Terry Pegula says newly-signed offensive lineman Richie Incognito is "prepared to move forward" after being suspended in 2013 by the Miami Dolphins for harassing teammate Jonathan Martin. But WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley talked with a University at Buffalo bullying expert who calls the move "disheartening."


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The Buffalo Bills have officially signed controversial free agent offensive guard Richie Incognito. Incognito was a central figure in a bullying scandal while he was a member of the Miami Dolphins in 2013. 

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A combination of Buffalo public, private and charter school students gathered to watch an award-winning anti-bullying film Thursday. As WBFO's Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley reports, Mayor Byron Brown hosted the screening of 'Bully' at the North Park Theater as part of a nationwide screening through the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

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Niagara Falls resident Eula McCray was arrested last week on multiple charges for forcing her teenage daughter into a fight.

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A few dozen elementary school students took part in kicking off the second annual "Bullying Stops Here" campaign Wednesday in Buffalo.

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More than 150 local high school students attended the Anne Frank Project, AFP, Youth Conference at SUNY Buffalo State Tuesday. This is the first year the conference has opened its doors to youth, which in the past it was only open to college students.

An apparent bullying situation has led to the suspension of the Roy-Hart girls basketball coach.

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A former professional wrestler brought his message about bullying to Buffalo United Charter School Monday morning.

The "Bullying Stops Here" campaign was kicked off Thursday in downtown Buffalo. 

More than a dozen human service organizations are joining forces with the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library for the initiative.

Library System Director Mary Jean Jakubowski says it is an opportunity for organizations raising awareness against bullying to come together to share their efforts.

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With National Bullying Prevention Month about ten days away, educators, law enforcement, mental health professionals and others took part in conference Wednesday on "Understanding and Addressing Cyberbullying."

WBFO and AM 970's Eileen Buckley moderated a panel discussion during the day-long event at the Millennium Hotel.

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Workplace bullying is more common than one might think, but it is difficult to get a handle on the scope of the problem. 

There are several reasons why, including reluctance of the aggrieved to come forward, steadfast denials from company  that anything is wrong, and human resource directors who look the other way. 

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The four Greece middle school students who gained notoriety earlier this month for relentlessly taunting an elderly bus monitor have been suspended from school for one year. 

The Greece Central School District made the announcement late Friday afternoon, following an investigation. 

A 10-minute video of the students hurling insults at 68-year-old Karen Klein quickly went viral, resulting in national outrage and an outpouring of sympathy toward the monitor.  An online donation effort for Klein has raised more than $665,000. 

The relentless taunting of a 68-year-old school bus monitor in the Greece School District spawned an international rally against bullying.

When a ten-minute video went viral on YouTube, more than a quarter-million dollars was raised for Karen Klein. 

7th & 8th grade boys bullied and taunted Klein on a school bus Monday about her appearance, calling her fat and even making threats. 

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An outrageous and disturbing case of bullying in the Greece Central School District was captured in a ten-minute video. 

Middle school students from a Rochester suburb relentlessly taunted and verbally abused a bus monitor.  The video that was posted on YoutTube showing 68-year-old Karen Klein trying to ignore horrible taunting, insults, profanity and threats directed to her while riding on the bus.

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Several local members of the state delegation are pushing for swift passage of the cyber-bullying law currently pending in Albany. 

Senator Michael Ranzenhofer says the bill came about after bullying victim Jamie Rodemeyer, a Williamsville teenager, committed suicide last September. 

Ranzenhofer says the issue pervades the entire state and he is challenging Governor Cuomo to "get on board."   The Amherst Republican says the updated bill defines the law and aids police how to handle alleged cases of cyber-bullying.

Despite much discussion in Albany about dealing with bullying and cyber-bullying, there is still no bill going to the governor.

There is growing public concern about bullying, especially using social media on computers. Locally, the case which made it most obvious was the suicide last September of Williamsville North High School freshman Jamey Rodemeyer.

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A local law legislating cyberbullying is now on the books in Erie County.  County Executive Mark Poloncarz signed the measure today after it gained passage in the legislature last month. 

The law makes cyberbullying against a minor or a student a misdemeanor crime punishable by as long as a year in prison and/or a fine of up to $1,000. 

But in signing the law, Poloncarz also expressed "serious doubts" about whether or not it is enforceable in its current form. 

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Over 150 middle school students from across Western New York took part in a anti-bullying conference Tuesday.

The conference was put together by The National Federation for just communities to teach students about specific groups targeted by bullies.

Students were able to team up and teach one another how to combat bullying at their own school.

The conference also focused heavily on cyber bullying and how to prevent it.  Some local students talk about the knowledge they hope to bring back to their school.

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The suicide of 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer -- a student at Williamsville North High School -- attracted national attention in recent months.  Jamey was the victim of bullying over his sexual identity.  No criminal charges were filed in the case.  But last week, a number of students were suspended for their involvement in the bullying. 

On today's Press Pass, Buffalo News Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch said it would have been difficult to prosecute this case as a crime.

A University at Buffalo professor brought an anti-bullying message that is targeted to pre-schoolers to Sesame Street. WBFO'S Eileen Buckley says Dr. Jamie Ostrov is associate professor of psychology at UB. He's been working on a federal level to help develop a uniform definition of bullying.

Yesterday in Erie County Hall, legislators were urged to support a resolution calling on New York State to get tougher with its anti-bullying laws.  WBFO's Michael Mroziak spoke with a local State Assemblyman to find out just how lawmakers in Albany are taking on the topic of bullying.
 

Bullying has been happening for generations, but more recently it has become a mainstream topic following the suicide of an Amherst teen who reportedly suffered frequent abuse by bullies.