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I won’t be surprised if it starts becoming common for parents of bullied children to file lawsuits against their children’s tormentors. Not being a lawyer, I’ve no idea how these will fare in the courts, but it’ll be interesting to watch. “In response to cruel cyberbullying that has left their 16-year-old daughter feeling humiliated and unable to sleep, a pair of fed-up parents are striking back at the offending classmates in a unique and public way: They’re suing all seven of the teens for libel and all of their parents for negligence.”

There’ve been a lot of stories in the news of late about the rising (and often prohibitive) cost of college today as compared to thirty or forty years ago. “Since 1978 the price of college has increased in absolute dollars by 1120 percent, more than any other good or service in the U.S. economy.” More and more students are graduating with massive debt and few job prospects. If you counsel high school students, you might be interested in the independent film, The Ivory Tower. More information from Sundance here.

I frequently see cutting behavior equated with suicidal ideation, even on ASCA’s message boards. The truth is, while cutting can be a risk factor for suicidal intention, it isn’t necessarily so and can, in fact, merely be a young-person’s misguided attempt to relieve intense emotional stress. Schools, especially residential colleges and universities, struggle to identify best practices for dealing with students who self-harm. What’s the better choice? Send them home where they might get more supervision and better medical care? Or keep them in school, which may be both the more familiar environment and the one in which the student receives the most support from his or her peer group? Here, a YALE student recounts her experience with this complicated issue.  And here’s a Metafilter post on the issue. Do read the comments.

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