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I’m not posting much of late because I’m buried in my books, studying for a certification exam, but I’ve got a few new/recent links that I want to share.

The Black Veil Brides, a rock band based in Hollywood, California, is doing a promotion in support of anti-bullying month. “The band has joined forces with The Bully Project, selling an exclusive lyric t-shirt for the cause.” The t-shirt, available for three weeks, sells for $25 with all proceeds going toward The Bully Project.

This article in the Californian pointed me to a survey conducted by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates on behalf of the California Endowment. Keeping in mind that the survey data is restricted to California and the results should be construed accordingly, it reached some interesting (if not surprising) conclusions regarding people’s views about whether arming teachers or providing mental health services is a better means of preventing violence in public schools.

Also, Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA32) has sponsored a bill, H.R. 628, currently in committee, which is intended to “revise and extend projects relating to children and violence to provide access to school-based comprehensive mental health programs.” Currently, the bill stands only a 2% chance of making it out of committee, and no chance of being enacted, but it’s at least heartening to know that somebody in the halls of Washington is thinking about this.

H.R. 628 started out as S. 195, which was introduced by Senator Al Franken (D-MN). S. 195 “proposes a grant program to expand access to mental health services in schools; supports schools that work with community-based organizations; promotes assistance to schools to train staff, volunteers, families and other members of the community to recognize signs of behavioral health problems in students and to initiate appropriate referrals for needed services.”

Meanwhile, a school district in Arkansas (article includes embedded video) is arming its teachers and staff and awarding stipends for use in purchasing handguns and holsters.

Finally, and touching once again on the bullying theme though this time from a slightly different angle, many youths have been victims of dating violence. The Center for Innovative Public Health Research recently completed a study that found that, of the more than a thousand kids who participated over a two year time period, “about one third … have been the victims of dating violence. And one third also said that they’d been perpetrators of it.” 

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