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According to a study published in the journal Pediatrics, an average of 1 in every 5 people has engaged in some form of non-suicidal self-injury, including but not limited to cutting, burning, hair pulling and punching.” An interview with Carrie Sandoval, whose book Journals Have Feelings, Too “offers tools and guidance for coping with self-injury through the practice of journaling.”  (Note: I haven’t read this book. I’m only linking to it for those who might be interested in checking it out.)

So. We’ve had parents suing other parents, parents taking out restraining orders, and now, one North Carolina dad confronts his son’s bullies on a school bus.

On March 14, I linked to a local news story about bullying that had the potential to go viral. It did, sparking a vocal backlash against the school. The story brought bullying to the fore in the local and national media again, and today the local paper ran this follow-up story.  

It was meant as a gesture of solidarity: a girl in Grand Junction shaved her head to support her friend, who is battling cancer. However, family members say the girl’s school didn’t see it that way and said it violated the dress code policy.” The friend was initially suspended. The school later reversed its decision (video link).

At her high school in rural Maine, Sabrina Gilpatrick is a normal student. She likes her classes, does theater and has some good friends. But after the bell rings, when her peers are driving their cars back home, Gilpatrick takes a school-provided cab to a youth homeless shelter the next town over.”

This isn’t an in-depth analysis, but it’s so rare to see the media take an interest in our country’s homeless youth that I thought it important to point it out. I know our local homeless liaison. She works incredibly hard for the homeless students in our (suburban and rural) area, but it’s an uphill job. 

Sixty years after Brown v. Board of Education, public schools in one of the most racially diverse states in the country — New York — are the most highly segregated, with minority and poor students increasingly isolated by race and class.” You can read the full report from the University of California’s Civil Rights Project here.

Researchers in the United States, Australia, Sweden and Denmark are trying to collect 25,000 blood samples from individuals who have suffered anorexia nervosa at any point in their lives by 2016, with more than 1,800 samples currently on the database.” An article on the search for the genetic causes of anorexia nervosa.

According to a paper published in the American Psychological Association journal, Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 43% of high school and college-aged men say they’ve had “unwanted sexual contact,” and 95% of those say a female acquaintance was the aggressor.”