Bullying around the World

Stories in the News

  • 6/16/17 17 year old found guilty of manslaughter for texting encouragement of boy to commit suicide.  Read more...
  • 5/5/17 Number of kids hospitalized for suicidal thoughts doubled over last decade. School drives much of this behavior, study finds.   Read more...
  • 3/8/17 11 year old Julio Ortiz hangs himself in his family home in Dallas Texas.  Mom states middle schooler was bullied and she missed his call for help.   Read more...
  • 2/3/17  Cool 2 Be Kind Clubs prepare for their national Blue Ribbon Week - a week dedicated to spreading peace and kindness among students everywhere.
  • 2/1/17  NAPAB's Cool 2 Be Kind Clubs now number 39 student run anti-bullying clubs nationwide including 2 international in Honduras and Nicaragua.
  • 12/6/16 Proud of our El Camino Real Cool 2 Be Kind Club as they plan rally of support for teen victim of assault. December 17, 10 am Platt Village Shopping Center.  Read more...
  • 5th Annual People's March Against Bullying - Saturday, Oct. 15 at 4:00.  Laguna Beach at intersection of 133 and PCH.  See video...
  • Book Signing Event - Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1:00 San Clemente Public Library.  Meet the Author - Anna Mendez.  If These Halls Could Talk - the Daniel Mendez Story.
  • 8/13/16 - Bullied 13 year-old Danny Fitzpatrick leaves heartbreaking letter after taking his life.  Read more...
  • 3/30/16 - Don't miss the signs at the doctor's office.  Read more...
  • 3/14/16 - NAPAB honored third consecutive year by the San Clemente Junior Women's League for positive contributions to community.
  • 3/07/16 - Political campaigns and bullying.  CBS interviews NAPAB.  See interview...
  • 3/01/16 - Bright, handsome 17 year old Deon Gillen has ended his life after years of physical and mental abuse from bullies.  Diagnosed with anxiety, depression and PTSD as a result of the bullying, his teacher reportedly replied to the bullying complaints "If I didn't see it, I can't do anything about it."  Read more...
  • 2/12/16 - Rate of suicide deaths among young people continues to climb since 2010.  

  • 12/18/15 - 16 year old Brandon Hatz inspires others as he expresses torment, vulnerability and pride through his poetry.  Read here...
  • 10/4/15 - Unchecked bullies become criminals.  11 year old boy murdered 8 year old girl he had been "relentlessly bullying", according to friends.  Read more...
  • 9/20/15 - NAPAB visits Navajo Indian Reservation School District.  View video here.
  • 7/5/15 - Smart, witty 13 year old boy jumped in front of an oncoming train and died after writing to teacher about bullying.  "I'm worn out.  I don't know what will become of myself.  May I die?"  Head of board of education "We allowed a child to make this choice without lending a helping hand.  All we can do is apologize."  Read more...
  • 5/25/15 - On Friday, 13 year old Jazmine Harris became the 2nd student to end her life in 2 months due to bullying at Copper Basin.  Read more...
  • 4/29/15 - New study shows bullied children suffer more mental health problems than children maltreated by adults.  Read more...
  • 4/24/15 - 16 year old Bradley Parkes lies in a coma after attempted suicide.  His suicide note reads "I would rather be dead than suffer any more abuse."  Read more...
  • 4/11/15 - National television spot on CCTV- America highlights NAPAB and Cool 2 Be Kind.  Watch here...
  • 4/11/15 - NAPAB travels to Shonto - Navajo Indian Reservation School District in answer to their request to help educate at their district wide Anti-Bullying Event. 
  • 4/10/15 - 16 year old San Diego student Taylor Alesana who spoke on YouTube about dangers of bullying ends her life after relentless bullying.  Friends state "She was very supportive of others and all she wanted was acceptance."  Read more...
  • 4/02/15 - 14 year old Raymond Howell ends his life after asking for a transfer to a different school to escape the bullying.  Read more...
  • 3/25/15 - Smart, compassionate, beautiful Denver high school student Cait Haynes, accepted into Pre-Med Program at Washington University, ends her life on Tuesday after years of bullying.  Read more...

  • 12/18/14 - "I'm tired of everyone hating me."  The last words spoken by 12 year old Reagan Carter to her mother before ending her life just one week before Christmas.  Read more...
  • 10/19/14 - NAPAB continues to hold school districts accountable.  Read more...
  • 10/9/14 - Parents of 12 year old McKenzie Philipot file wrongful death lawsuit against Chicago Board of Education and Chicago Public Schools for failing to protect their daughter from bullying.  Read more...
  • 10/8/14 - New Jersey High School cancels football season due to bullying.  Read more...
  • 09/20/14 - Come to our 3rd Annual People's March Against Bullying in Laguna Beach (Main Beach) on October 25 from 4:00 to 5:00!  Bring the family!
  • 09/05/14 - Holocaust survivors commend Cool 2 Be Kind kids for their efforts in eradicating torment, bigotry and abuse among youth today.   See more...
  • 07/18/14 - 13 year old Jonathan Scaff ends his life after enduring years of bullying.  "He got tortured alot" recalls his friend.  Read more...
  • 07/15/14 - "I can't do school anymore." 14 year old Matthew Burdette's parents file a lawsuit against San Diego Unified School District for ignoring child's abuse by classmates.  NAPAB will not publish a link to press article as none can be found that do not violate the child's personal space regarding the final bullying event.
  • 07/12/14 - After suicide death and ongoing physical and mental bullying of students, Las Vegas school district wants lawsuit dropped.  Read more...
  • 06/27/14 - American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) brings legal charges against school district for failing to stop bullies.  Read more...
  • 06/27/14 - The world loses another beautiful child to bullying.  18 year old girl ends her life after being bullied on Facebook.  Bully charged with abetment to suicide.  Read more...
  • 06/23/14 - Victims have a right to fight back!  NAPAB interviewed by Cabinet Report regarding Daniel Mendez's last moments of life.  Read more...
  • 06/10/14 - 12 year old McKenzie Phlipot hangs herself after parents say students and teacher bullied her.  Teacher urges community to not allow the event to "define us."  Read more...
  • 05/22/14 - After contact by NAPAB, Nordstrom Corporate promises to pull hateful muscle t-shirt from all of its stores across the country.  "We apologize for any offenses and do not want to promote a bullying message" states corporate exec.  See image...
  • 05/13/14 - NAPAB conducts breakout session at OC Meeting of the Minds Mental Health Conference.  Standing room only.  See image...
  • 05/06/14 - Beautiful 13 year old Jasmine Sanchez makes video that tells why she was driven to ending her life due to torture from schoolmates.  "I couldn't take it anymore.  I really couldn't."  Read more...
  • 04/27/14 - OC Register honors NAPAB with Local Heroes award.  Read more...
  • 04/01/14 - University of California Davis study finds "many victims of bullying don't fit the stereotype."  Read more...
  • 03/26/14 - New study finds 50% of all teen suicides were related to bullying.  Read more...
  • 03/12/14 - NAPAB responds to pleas from schools across the country and works with YikYak developers to disable application being utilized by kids to bully kids.  Read more...
  • 03/09/14 - After mom stops child's suicide attempt, he bursts into tears. "I can't take the pressure of being bullied anymore."  Read more...
  • 03/01/14 - 13 year old honor roll student Hailee Lamberth left a suicide note: “Please tell my school that I killed myself, so that the next time (name withheld) wants to call somebody (expletives), maybe they won’t.” Devastated father to district officials: "I am not going away."  Read more...
  • 02/20/14 - 13 year old gifted orator was found with a belt around his neck after being bullied to death.  Parents are too distraught to speak publicly.  Superintendent pledges to bring in anti-bullying group to speak to all kids in district.  Read more...
  • 02/01/14  Mendez Interview 93.5 FM.  
  • 1/05/14 - Beautiful 16 year old Daisy Coleman who reported being raped and bullied attempted suicide on Sunday. Her distraught mother states "She may never be okay".  Read more...

  • 10/25/13 - Second annual People's March Against Bullying held on Friday, October 25 at 5:00 pm in Laguna Beach.   Children, parents and community leaders once again march for kindness in memory of those lost to hate.  Watch video...
  • 09/16/13 - New study found victims of bullying 2 times more likely to experience psychosomatic demons – including thoughts of suicide. Classifies bullying as a “significant international health problem.”  Read more...
  • 09/12/13 - "I have chosen to go with 3 people's advice and kill myself" reads suicide note of 15 year old Bart Palosz. School officials promise thorough review of bullying policies.  Read more...
  • 9/10/13 - Lovely 12 year old Rebecca Ann Sedwick found dead after years of bullying.  Read more..
  • 8/13/13 - "I'm sorry I have to do this but I'm fed up with the bullying."  Suicide note of 13 year old Erin Gallagher.  Read more...
  • 6/1/13 - Police confirm 12 year old Gabrielle Molina hanged herself because she was being bullied at school. "I was trying to comfort her because she was getting weak," said the distraught father Read more...
  • 5/07/13 - 14 year old honor roll student hangs herself to escape bullying. District: Bullying has not been linked to death. Friends: She was bullied and didn't deserve it.  Read more...
  • 05/04/13 - "We are all breakable." Yale study confirms bullied victims at greater risk of suicide.  Read more...
  • 09/05/13 - Bullied to death. School bullying's chilling new frontRead more...
  • 06/20/13 - Journal of Adolescent Health publishes University of Minnesota study that concludes strong correlation between bullying and suicidal ideas and behaviors.  Read more...
  • 05/23/13 - Has bullying become worse than when you were a kid? Child Helpline Int'l reports incidents of bullying more than doubled in 2012 since 2006.  Read more...
  • 04/08/13 - Beautiful 14 year old Angel Green found hanging from a tree. "It's bullying that killed me," reads her note. "Please seek justice."  Read more...
  • 04/03/13 - 13 year old Devin Brown hangs himself after relentless bullying. "Everyone is calling me a snitch," he told his father. "There's about 15-20 people who want to jump on me." Father reported it to school officials but "they just kind of let it go."  Read full story...
  • 03/13/13 - Another mother weeps over her child's suicide due to bullying. Child's suicide note names his five aggressors.  Read more...
  • 03/08/13 - OC Register reports: Mendez Family leads campaign to end culture of bullying in memory of 16 year old suicide victim Daniel Mendez.  Read more...
  • 02/06/13 - Beautiful Ashley Riggitano jumps off the Washington Bridge to her death. Her suicide note names her five bullies.  Read more...

  • 12/12/12 - Lovely Tampa Bay teen Jessica Laney hangs herself after intense bullying. Friends say they are not pleased with denials from school district.  Read more...
  • 11/25/13 - Charges dropped against kids accused of bullying Rebecca Sedwick to death. Jose Baez, attorney for Casey Anthony, states "there is zero evidence having to do with my client that ould rise to the level of a criminal act."  And therein lies the problem.  Read more...
  • 11/15/12 - Three promising students take their lives within 7 week period. Bullying and social media the common thread.  Read more...
  • 11/11/12 - Kind, thoughtful Tim Ribberink takes his life after years of being ridiculed. Leaves heartbreaking note to his parents.  Read more...
  • 10/27/12 - Today's bullies, tomorrow's criminals. Department of Justice finally becomes involved.  Read more...
  • 10/24/12 - 15 year old Felicia Garcia leaped to her death in front of a passing train after being repeatedly bullied. Press already focuses on her "troubled life." Bullying can be the singular direct cause of the suicide or the final determining factor to a child ending their life.  Read more...
  • 10/19/12 - KTLA news coverage / NAPAB hosts 1st Annual People's March Against Bullying.  See video...
  • 10/20/12 - Grand Jury Report requests response from Capistrano Unified School District and other districts regarding deficiencies in addressing bullying in schools. See CUSD response to Grand Jury Report.  Read more...
  • 10/20/12 - Laguna Patch coverage of People's March Against Bullying.  See video and article...
  • 10/19/12 - KTLA news coverage / NAPAB hosts 1st Annual People's March Against Bullying.  See video...
  • 10/14/12 - Vancouver press interview Jonah Mowry and Anna Mendez of NAPAB regarding most recent teen suicide, Amanda Todd.  Read more...
  • 10/12/12 - Beautiful Canadian teen Amanda Todd ended her life Wednesday after a polonged battle with bullying.  Read more...
  • 10/10/12 - News crews witness boy bullied prior to being interviewed for anti-bullying teen interview.  Read more...
  • 9/25/12 -  Bullying takes another teen. 17 year old Dustin VanLaningham ended his life Saturday after seeing no other way out. He loved to draw, play guitar, fish and hunt. Most of all, he loved his family.  Read more...
  • 9/06/12 -  Lawsuit filed against school and individuals in suicide death of 15 year old Billy Lucas. Before taking his life, he said "Mom, you don't know what it's like walk down the halls of school and be afraid of who's going to hit you, who's going to kick you."  Read more...
  • 8/24/12 - 12 year old boy takes his life Tuesday, after crying the day before that he did not want to go to school. Friends say he was bullied.  Read more...
  • 8/15/12 - Parents sue "mean girls" and their parents for tormenting their daughter, vandalizing their home.  Read more...
  • 7/22/12 - Signs of bullying go unheeded by school officials; leads to boy's suicide.  Read more...
  • 7/03/12 - 7 year old attempts suicide as a result of being bullied after administrators repeatedly fail to take actionRead more...
  • 6/18/12 - Beautiful 14 year old girl found hanged in her room after falling victim to bullies.  Read more...
  • 6/17/12 - After son's suicide, parents fight for truth.  Read more...
  • 5/24/12 - 7 year old child hangs himself after being bullied.  Read more...
  • 5/11/12 - Loving 15 year old girl found hanged in her room after relentless bullying at the hands of classmates.  Read more... 
  • 5/08/12 - Sweet 13 year old girl commits suicide after months of bullying.  Read more... 
  • 4/25/12 - Teacher caught bullying autistic boy after father secretly wires child.  Read more...
  • 4/15/12 - 14 year old boy takes his life after intense bullying. Prompts strong anti-bullying statement and call to action from Iowa paperRead more...
  • 3/9/12 - 14 year old bullied girl's last words were "I love you, Daddy."  Read more...
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