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Bullying Times

Monthly Bullying News from Bully OnLine
June 2005

Workplace bullying | School bullying
Stress, health and PTSD | Media requests
Conferences and meetings etc
Support groups | Surveys | Web sites of interest
Achievements of bullying survivors
Books and articles | Tim Field on TV
Dealing with computer viruses and spam
Stockists of Bully in Sight and PTSD | What readers say about Bully in sight


General news

UK police establish that Calvi was murdered
In 1982 Roberto Calvi, the president of Banco Ambrosiano known as 'God's banker', was found hanging under Blackfriars Bridge, a location significant in masonic circles: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/london/4566709.stm

In memory of Daniel Michael Farr
Daniel Farr is one of many army recruits who have died in non-combat situations: http://embark.to/DANIEL

Antisocial behaviour 'inherited'
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4575551.stm

UK crippling African healthcare by poaching its staff
Bullying in nursing and healthcare causes high turnover of staff which is hidden by poaching staff from poorer countries: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4582283.stm


Workplace Bullying

Draft Corporate Manslaughter Bill published
Corporate manslaughter defined: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4537053.stm
Comments invited: http://www.commonsleader.gov.uk/output/page796.asp and http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/docs4/tso_manslaughter.pdf

Headmaster accused of nepotism, bullying and "management by attrition"
Former head teacher of St Clement's High School, Terrington St Clement, Norfolk, Richard Wealthall appears before the General Teaching Council (GTC) to answer accusations of mis-spending, nepotism, and misleading governors by withholding details of staff turnover: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/norfolk/4495107.stm

Prince Harry teacher in pay-off claims
Sarah Forsyth experiences smear campaign after blowing whistle on royal Eton pupil: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4533119.stm

9-year legal battle ends in victory
Michelle Alabaster wins equal pay claim after nine years of legal action: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/kent/4508321.stm

Gay box office worker wins discrimination case
Fausto Gismondi, 28, who worked at Durham's Gala Theatre, endured taunts of "gay boy" from boss Ed Tutty; The Employment tribunal said Durham City Council failed to prevent the bullying and should feel "considerable shame": http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/wear/4514485.stm

One third of medical students bullied
http://www.dehavilland.co.uk/webhost.asp?wci=default&wcp=NationalNewsStoryPage&ItemID=8425131&ServiceID=8&filterid=10&searchid=8

CBI claims public sector workers feign sickness
TUC claims public sector workers take less sick leave despite higher workplace risks http://www.tuc.org.uk/h_and_s/tuc-9837-f0.cfm but overlook the excessive levels of bullying workbully/public.htm

No compensation for work-related suicide
http://www.seriousaboutnews.com/luton/page.html?pageID=26&storyID=33152

Culture of fear may be responsible for Japan train death crash
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/4493583.stm

Snakes in suits
Transcript of Australian Radio National program about corporate psychopaths with Robert Hare and Paul Babiak: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/bbing/stories/s1265568.htm


School bullying

Another bullycide
15-year-old Anna Marie Averill, a pupil at Hillcrest School, in Bartley Green, Birmingham, kills herself after months of bullying: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/05/06/nbully06.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/05/06/ixhome.html

Suicide verdict on Kidderminster schoolgirl
The family of Amy Rose Tipton, who attended King Charles I secondary school in Kidderminster, believe that bullying was a factor in their daughter's death: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/hereford/worcs/4510863.stm and http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/birminghampost/news/tm_objectid=15476780%26method=full%26siteid=50002%26headline=girl%2dkilled%2dherself%2dafter%2dbullying%2dat%2dschool-name_page.html

Coroner conducts inquest on Laura Rhodes
Laura's mother tells inquest of bullying at Cefn Saeson Comprehensive School, Neath: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4540569.stm

School chief's bullying torment
Les Lawrence, Birmingham's head of education, speaks of his "anger and despair" after finding out his teenage son was being bullied at school: http://icbirmingham.icnetwork.co.uk/birminghampost/news/tm_objectid=15475995%26method=full%26siteid=50002%26headline=school%2dchief%2ds%2dbullying%2dtorment-name_page.html

Anti-Bullying Alliance (ABA) under the spotlight
The UK government's Anti-Bullying Alliance has been under the spotlight for some time concerning its treatment of members, exclusion of leading anti-bullying charities from membership, and accountability for £600K of taxpayers money: http://education.guardian.co.uk/egweekly/story/0,5500,1484999,00.html

Bullies beat boy black and blue
...and are then allowed back into school: http://www.newsoftheworld.co.uk/story_pages/news/news4.shtml

Video of slap attack circulated amongst pupils
An attack on a pupil by pupils and a video of the attack is circulated amongst pupils but it's nothing to do with us, says Plant Hill High School in Blackley, Manchester: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4563419.stm. This case is reminiscent of Josh Belluardo who was struck on the head by a bully and died almost immediately: newsusnews.htm#Belluardo

Children under 11 carry weapons to protect against bullying
Lock knives, pen knives, a flick knife, a machete, ball-bearing guns, a sharpened knuckle-duster, a screwdriver and a hammer are weapons of choice in Liverpool haul: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/merseyside/4542135.stm

Bullying much worse than was thought
Is this news? http://wcco.com/localnews/local_story_122095342.html

Girl with alopecia bullied throughout school life
Kirsty Jessen describe life without hair and the long-term effects of bullying: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/4522163.stm

Head teacher takes proactive approach to hoodies after Bluewater shopping mall bans them
"Most young people are fine, upstanding citizens, and some of them wear hoodies. Why should they be tarred with this rather hysterical brush?" says Richard Haigh, principal of Coombeshead College, Newton Abbot, Devon: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/devon/4562737.stm


Stress, health and PTSD

Over half of staff 'get burn-out'
A third suffered exhaustion, a quarter lost sleep or were ill from worry about work: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4594685.stm

Record numbers of workers too stressed to go to work
Stress costs 13 million lost working days annually: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/05/16/nstress16.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/05/16/ixnewstop.html

Only one in ten workers injured or made ill at work receives compensation
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4563987.stm

NHS Employers targets stress in the workplace
Campaign aims to create an open culture in the NHS where the signs and symptoms of stress are tackled proactively: http://www.nhsemployers.webhoster.co.uk/press/releases/nhs_employers_targets_stress_in_the_workplace.asp

Stress costs 10% of the UKís Gross National Product
But fewer than 10 per cent of companies have official policy to tackle it: http://www.mind.org.uk/News+policy+and+campaigns/Press/Mindwkreport05.htm

HSE updates stress web pages
http://www.hse.gov.uk/stress/standards/index.htm

European Parliament votes to scrap opt-out rule limiting the EU working week
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4535815.stm

Britain's long hours culture is bad for workers' health
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4592497.stm

Increase in job demands and work hours in the USA leads to dangers at work
http://www.aflcio.org/yourjobeconomy/safety/ns05052005.cfm

US soldiers bring PTSD back from Iraq
Compare http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/4474715.stm with http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3563450.stm

NICE guidelines for PTSD
http://www.nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=248505


Media requests

Supernanny: Is your child suffering from behaviour problems as a result of being bullied? Or perhaps itís your child thatís being the bully? Never fearÖ.SUPERNANNY IS HERE TO BEAT THE BULLIES! Fresh from dealing with everything that the Americans can throw at her in Supernanny USA, Britainís number one nanny, Jo Frost, is soon to be back on Channel 4 dishing out more top tips and expert advice to families throughout Britain. Each programme follows a different family as they open their doors to Supernanny Jo Frost, whose mission is to create order from chaos in just a few weeks. For the next series Jo is hoping to tackle bullying head on. So if your family has suffered issues with bullying and you think you might need her help - get in touch, weíre waiting to hear from you. Supernanny is also still on the lookout for all the classic childhood problems, from taming tantrum-prone toddlers to banishing backchat, sorting out sibling rivalry to fixing your fussy eaters. If you would like Supernanny to come to your rescue and want to be involved in the next series, contact the Supernanny team at Ricochet South. Call 0800 10 777 31 or apply via our website www.supernanny.co.uk or directly to supernanny@ricochetsouth.co.uk

Interview for REAL magazine: I'm Corinne Sweet and I'm a psychologist, writer and broadcaster (see www.corinnesweet.com). I would like to interview a woman in the UK aged 25 to 45 for REAL magazine asap about workplace bullying. Please contact me on 020 8881 9668 or 07973 219673 or email corinne@corinnesweet.com

Bullying by neighbours: I'm Lucy Morgan and I'm currently developing a four part series for Channel 4 about neighbour disputes and the benefits of mediation. Our series is presented by an expert in neighbourhood dispute resolution, a trained mediator and ASBO ambassador who also uses hands-on methods of achieving results. I am trying to contact families in the UK who might be interested in taking part in our series. I am happy to discuss it with anyone and these conversations are held in confidence. The contact details for the programme are Tel 0207 258 6848 or email neighbours@mentorn.tv

Bullycide, harassment and female gang bullying: my name is Wersha Bharadwa and I'm a freelance journalist currently researching stories on bullycide in teenagers and adults, work place harassment and bullying and female gang bullying. If you're in the UK and you have ever experienced this or have had a loved one commit suicide as a result of being bullied, please do not hesitate to contact me. I am looking for male and female case studies. You will be paid for your time, but should be willing to be photographed for the magazine. Please contact me asap at wersha_1@hotmail.com and I will get back to you right away.

From Ottawa, Canada: I'm Natalie van den Bosch, a News Reporter working for CJOH Television, a CTV News affiliate in Ottawa, Canada. I am looking for someone living in the Ottawa area who has experienced workplace bullying and would be willing to talk about it. It is for television broadcast but we can conceal their identity if that's a concern. Anyone who is interested or would like more information can contact me at nataliev@canada.com or by telephone at 613-274-4318

Media requests are at media/media.htm


Conferences, meetings etc

How good is our ethos?
Tuesday 7 June 2005, Edinburgh: The aim of this conference in Scotland is to explore how schools have used the concept of ethos to help them make connections between their formal and informal curricula and their in- and out-of-school commitments: http://www.ethosnet.co.uk/howgoodconference.htm

I Power I
Monday 18 July 2005, London: anti-bullying conference for young people including music, shows, presentations, special guests, workshops, Damilola Taylor Award, exhibitions, films and open mic sessions: http://www.bully.org

Bullying in the Workplace: an abuse of trust, a denial of justice
A one-day conference on workplace bullying organised by DAWN: http://www.dignityatworknow.org.uk. Date: Wednesday 12 October 2005. Venue: Carrs Lane Church Centre, Birmingham, England. Speaker: Professor Charlotte Rayner, University of Portsmouth. For more information email Keith Munday at keith@dignityatworknow.org

See workbully/conf.htm and workbully/events.htm


Support groups etc

Support groups are listed at resources/groups.htm


Surveys etc

See workbully/surveys.htm


Web sites of interest

The Panic Center
http://www.paniccenter.net/

Scotland Against Crooked Lawyers
http://www.sacl.info

Shame and self-righteousness
A Gestalt therapy approach: http://www.integrativetherapy.com/article-shame.html


Achievements of survivors of bullying

What survivors of bullying have gone on to achieve...


Books and articles etc

A Bully Grows Up: Erik Meets the Wizard by Caryn Sabes Hacker
http://www2.xlibris.com/bookstore/bookdisplay.asp?bookid=20371


Dealing with computer viruses and spam

Are you bombarded with computer viruses and spam?
There's guidance for new (and not so new) users of the Internet regarding viruses, spam and scam: action/newuser.htm


Stockists of books published by Success Unlimited

What readers say about Bully in sight

"I can't thank you enough for writing Bully in sight." (numerous readers)

More reader feedback on Bully in sight at successunlimited/books/tstmbis.htm
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Bookshops with stock of Bully in sight

England
The Stationery Office Bookshop, 123 Kingsway, London WC2B 6PQ
Waterstones, High Street, Birmingham
Waterstones, 89a Broad Street, Reading, Berkshire
Waterstones, 14-16 Bold Street, Liverpool
Waterstones, 25-26 Butts Court, Leeds
Waterstones, 17 Oxford Street, Swansea

Scotland
Ottakers Book Shop, Trinity Centre, Union Street, Aberdeen

Canada
The Working Centre, 58 Queen Street South, Kitchener, Ontario

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Bookshops with stock of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

England
Waterstones, The Grand Building, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5EJ

Ireland
Hodges Figgis, 57/58 Dawson Street, Dublin 2

Bookshops with stocks of all books published by Success Unlimited

Republic of Ireland
Clarendon Medical, 43 Clarendon Street, Dublin 2

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