The Idaho House passed an anti-bullying measure Monday after some impassioned pleas from several lawmakers -- who talked about the experiences of their own children.

A bill that would establish an expectation for Idaho schools to intervene when a kid is bullied is headed to the Idaho House floor.


Kids can be cruel.

But homophobic bullying can be particularly cruel.

“We had one young person who was in the changing rooms before going into a sports lesson, and somebody pulled their pants down,” says Amelia Lee, the director of LGBT Youth North West, a charity group based in Manchester, England. “We’ve had people have things stolen from them, being beaten up, being chased home, having eggs pelted at them.”

Thomas O'Donnell's kindergarten kids are all hopped up to read about Twiggle the anthropomorphic Turtle.

"Who can tell me why Twiggle here is sad," O'Donnell asks his class at Matthew Henson Elementary School in Baltimore.

"Because he doesn't have no friends," a student pipes up.

And how do people look when they're sad?

"They look down!" the whole class screams out.

Yeah, Twiggle is lonely. But, eventually, he befriends a hedgehog, a duck and a dog. And along the way, he learns how to play, help and share.

Olympia Washington State Legislature
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The definition of bullying in Washington could be expanded to include any act of "emotional harm" against a student.

State lawmakers took testimony Thursday on this potentially controversial revision to the state’s anti-bullying law.

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It’s Friday — time to talk over the week's news with Crosscut's Knute BergerJoni Balter of the Seattle Times and The Stranger's Eli Sanders.

Voters rejected GMO labeling, sent the incumbent mayor of Seattle packing, and appeared to be saying yes to a $15 minimum wage in SeaTac. Will Kshama Sawant pull off a late surge to overtake City Council incumbent Richard Conlin? The panel looks back at the most interesting returns from Election Day.

Plus, Live Wire host Luke Burbank stares down eight months of cold, dark winter.

Defeating Bullying With Emily Bazelon

Jul 11, 2013
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Bullying isn’t new, but the internet and social media have morphed it into something much more sinister. It’s too easy to post a cruel message or photo without considering the consequences. Emily Bazelon talks about the devastating consequences of bullying, as well as what parents and educators can do to promote empathy and understanding. She spoke with Dan Savage at Town Hall on April 29.

Can You Defeat A Bully With Empathy?

Apr 29, 2013

Forty-nine states now have laws on bullying. Schools have policies and punishments. But Slate senior editor Emily Bazelon says there’s a risk that searching for solutions to bullying can do more harm than good.

Ross Reynolds sits down with Bazelon to talk about Washington policies and her new book, "Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering The Power of Character and Empathy."