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October is Bullying Prevention Month

Blogs and Columns
Posted by WhosPlayin on 2012/10/7 23:00:00 (1490 reads)

Open in new windowOctober is "Bullying Prevention Month", and anti-bullying advocates want people to stand together against bullying. “Nearly one-third of all school-aged children are bullied each year - upwards of 13 million students,” said Julie Hertzog, director of Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights’ (PACER) National Bullying Prevention Center, which sponsors Unity Day and founded National Bullying Prevention Month in 2006. “We need to show these students they are not alone. By joining together and wearing orange on Unity Day, we can send a national, unified message that bullying will no longer be accepted in this society.”

Wednesday, October 10th is "Unity Day" - a day when advocates want people to wear orange to raise awareness and remind people of the importance of preventing bullying.

Locally, the Flower Mound Youth Football Association will be hosting a bullying prevention day on October 27th, selling T-shirts to raise money for PACER, and asking their players and cheerleaders to sign the anti-bullying petition.

Lewisville ISD has had a focus in recent years on bullying prevention, holding assemblies in some schools, and making sure kids know that they can speak up when they are bullied, and that the behavior is not acceptable.

In 2012, then 9 year old Montana Lance hanged himself in the nurse's restroom at Stewart's Creek Elementary in The Colony, after being bullied in school by kids who tormented him and called him "gay". His parents filed suit in Federal court against LISD, but the suit was recently dismissed. LISD denied culpability, and denied that bullying was involved, but court documents show that the school had an assembly right after Lance's death to talk to the students about bullying.

The issue of bullying has gotten attention from state legislatures, including here in Texas. This September 1st, new laws went into effect regarding bullying. School districts must now have policies that define bullying and cyber-bullying and prohibit it. Districts, in addition to being required to provide transfers to different classrooms or schools for victims of bullying, now have the option of transferring the perpetrator. A victim of bullying MAY NOT be punished for using reasonable self-defense. In the past, lazy school administrators had implemented now-banned "zero-tolerance" policies that prevented them from actually having to investigate incidents and use common sense about determining the aggressor and punishment. In many cases, both parties would be punished simply for being involved in a fight.

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Another Power Outage for Lewisville

Local News, Notes and Events
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/10/7 16:50:00 (1870 reads)

Open in new windowLewisville suffered yet another widespread power outage this morning, about 9 a.m. Texas New Mexico Power Company said that about 4,000 customers were affected in this outage, which they say was caused by a squirrel.

This comes just a week after the last outage, also blamed on an animal, making this the 6th major outage in Lewisville this year.

Power was restored in some places around 10 a.m., and was expected to be restored by 10:30.

In the event of a power outage, you can visit TNMP's outage website on your smart phone, or call 888-866-7456.

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October Surprises

Raging Moderate
Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/10/6 1:00:00 (1158 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWill Durst - Raging Moderate

When the end draws near and prospects darken, and polls solidify in the wrong direction, and the base sinks lower than the toenail clippings of a Galapagos turtle, does the practiced political operative give up? No sir, they whip out their secret weapon. Not the candidate's spouse. The real ace up the sleeve -- The October Surprise.

Every campaign has one. Or more. It's a piece of opposition research stashed away for a rainy day. For safe-keeping, behind glass, like a fire axe: "Open in the event of impending doom." Something so incendiary it's concealed in an asbestos-lined box buried deep in the back of the campaign manager's underwear drawer.

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The Audacity of Mendacity

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Posted by LewisvilleTexan on 2012/10/6 1:00:00 (936 reads)

Open in new windowOpen in new windowWill Durst - Raging Moderate

A surprisingly large segment of America tuned into the first presidential debate, but for some odd reason, President Obama did not appear among them. Who was in charge of his debate prep, Clint Eastwood? Even an empty chair would have provided a sturdier obstinacy.

The Committee to Re- Elect the President will obviously try to convince us that, like the economy, the commander in chief's sub-par debate performance can be traced back to the Bush administration, but darker forces may be at work here. The Ghosts of Debaters Past.

We learned Mitt Romney wants to kill Big Bird, but that was about it as far as fireworks go. No word on the Cookie Monster. But it doesn't look good. Mr. Romney always seemed more of a Masterpiece Theatre sort of guy anyway.

Perhaps the president was suffering from altitude poisoning, or distracted by missing his 20th wedding anniversary, or maybe the duties of Leader of the Free World are more exhausting than one thinks, because he fumbled and rambled, and gave the overall impression he was told the winner would be determined by time of possession.

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Cold Front

Weather
Posted by ErinFloyd on 2012/10/5 3:23:14 (891 reads)

Open in new windowBy Erin Floyd

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It's Heerreee.. in my creepy little voice. Bring jackets to any outdoor event you have planned tomorrow though Saturday. You're going to need it. And ladies, or men with long hair, you might want to not wear it down. The winds are really supposed to kick up with this front, reaching up to 20mph.

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