October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Take peek at a variety of resources you can use during October—and throughout the year—to engage, educate and inspire others to join the movement.

Rumors, nasty comments, pushing, shoving, hitting.

They should have NO place in our schools.

It’s not just kids being kids. It’s not just something they will outgrow.

Bullying and harassment are serious issues with serious consequences.

Students who are bullied are more likely to be depressed, to think about and attempt suicide, and have behavior problems and difficulty learning.

Bullying contributes to poor school attendance, which is a barrier to improving student achievement for all. It affects efforts to close the achievement gap, a longstanding priority for the PTA.

Nationally, an estimated 160,000 children miss school every day because of bullying.

Prevention of bullying is a priority issue of the PTA because quite simply-- children need to attend school in a safe environment.

Last October, Governor Jerry Brown signed important legislation sponsored by PTA to protect students from bullying and harassment.

AB 1156, by Assemblymember Mike Eng, gives students, their families and their teachers effective tools to help better ensure school is a place where everyone is free to learn and teach without the threat of harm.

The bill requires training of school site personnel in the prevention of bullying, and it gives victims of bullying priority for transferring out of a school, if requested.

Training sessions on bullying prevention and intervention are now available through the California Department of Education for teachers, administrators, parents, students, certificated staff, risk management and community members.

These sessions provide knowledge about the dynamics of bullying, a greater understanding of a systematic approach to bullying, and increase skills in identifying and implementing strategies to address bullying. Find out more.


Take peek at a variety of resources you can use during October — and throughout the year — to engage, educate and inspire others to join the movement and prevent bullying where you live.  Remember, the end of bullying begins with you!

Carol Kocivar is the president of the California Parent Teacher Association.

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Bubba October 17, 2012 at 10:46 PM
I wonder if that kid who got shot on the Ortega's knew martial arts.
Diana October 17, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Her picture reminds me of "Rosie the Riveter", years ago there was a very famous poster out, the original one had a tampax tattoo on her arm it was for women factory workers I believe from WW11, I have that poster somewhere in my stuff, the poster that they came out with later didn't have the tampax tattoo. Carol is coping that poster with her picture. Very cool Carol :)
Teller of Truth October 17, 2012 at 11:09 PM
KEVWILD, is a lying stealing troll on here. Today he stole my Teller name three different times to where I've had to keep changing it to retain some resemblence of my name. If everyone would voice THEIR OWN OPINION and leave Toni a message about this cyber bully KevWild, then perhaps together we can make a change. If it happened to me, then it can happen to you too! Toni @ 951-265-6430. Thank you !
"The Black Panther of Poetry" October 17, 2012 at 11:30 PM
Hear...Hear Diana!!! This is the problem, I think of our society. So many men that apparently look like grown but are children deep down inside. And these men are in position of authority and decision making.
Teller of Truth October 18, 2012 at 12:07 AM
AT Bobby R, little KevWild the trolling loser is not in a position of any sort. He comes on here trolling for a friend and when that doesn't happen, he hijacks peoples names & causes everything to turn sour on here. I am with Diana in her beliefs that this troll should stop. He is ruining it for everyone! Feel free to call the Patch @ 951-265-6430 & leave a message voicing your own concerns. Thanks!
Teller of Truth October 18, 2012 at 12:12 AM
@ Black Panther, KevWild is a cyber stalker & a bully. Just a heads up! He already admitted to looking you up. Who does that? Hes trolling for ONE friend. Too sad! His idea of making things "come Alive" here on the Patch is #1. He thinks people actually care about his comments #2. Whomever he talks to is usually his other made up name...so hes only talking to himself! What a loser. Just a heads up!
"The Black Panther of Poetry" October 18, 2012 at 12:32 AM
Teller of Truth, I am ahead of you. I did call that 951 number and me Toni had a wonderful and long talk about bullies and racist on PATCH. She even forwarded me to her boss and he gave me some very pertinent information. Thank you and continue to fight evil in its' many forms!!! FIGHT FOR POWER What we need is awareness we can't continue to be careless They question us and say what is this I can only imagine this was the question put to the indigenous Well my brothers of all colors it's time to get down to reality wake up from this dream of night marishness and Fight for Power!!!
bob meek October 18, 2012 at 01:46 AM
i didnt hear about that bubba ill try to look it up .was it a bully situation ,gang related of what.?
bob meek October 18, 2012 at 02:08 AM
bob meek esq. of murrieta dont you know? well now you do
Michael October 27, 2012 at 08:46 PM
If you want real drama find the page about the update of the old couple who died in that crash on jefferson a week ago. You have to find the one about the update. But this one I was defending Brenda because everyone keeps critisizing her on all her posts.
Michael October 27, 2012 at 08:49 PM
I hate to say this Teller of Truth. But, your post where you told KevWild that no one will talk to him you kinda talked to him by saying that. I'm sorry but you just did what you said no one will do.
Michael October 27, 2012 at 08:58 PM
I have Aspergers Syndrome. I am different than the others though. Everyone else is quiet and they don't like making friends. Me on the other hand I talk a lot and have a lot of Junior and Senior boys on the high school xc team that are really nice. out of the people my age I have not as many as most people but I have friends. But I say stupid things that get me in trouble. I get bullied but a lot of times I bring it on myself but in my opinion still doesn't give you the right to make fun of someone. Last night I was criticizing someones choice to do someone I got offended once again I brought it on to myself but I am sensitive. So what I am trying to say is that Bullying is something that happens even if I bring it on to myself it still isn't nice. And the girl I was like you think it's ok to make fun of some one with Austism. And she was like no who has Austism. I was like Me stupid and she was like how am I supposed to know. Then I was like well then its ok to say it even if you don't know. One last story. In cross country I had an argument. You can probably guess who brought it onto themselves and who got bullied next. Then some boy was like At least I don't have Aspergers. And then me and another boy were like thats just messed up. He didn't feel sorry and he didn't think that Aspergers was Austism and used my disability against me. My dad is the asb teacher at the school and also trys to encourage kindness
Michael October 27, 2012 at 09:07 PM
And spoke in that kids class earlier that day about me and said you shouldn't make fun of someone because you don't know about their personal life. He took what my dad said not to do and did it. Now I know I start a lot of stuff but it never gives anyone the right to make fun of back. Yes, of course, Me having Aspergers is no excuse for what I say. In eighth grade I got suspended, 3 referrals, and an on campus suspension just because of what I said. This year in the ninth grade I got 2 on campus suspensions because of my stupid mouth. But please try to inform you kids not to judge and jump to conclusions so quickly. And if your child has Aspergers try to help them. If they have signs of Aspergers don't ignore it go see a doctor and find out if he does. I was diagnosed a year ago. Before that I thought I was just an annoying normal person. I don't see myself as normal now but this is something I can control and get over. So please take my advice. And you should buy the Bully book and if the movie is playing by you it is only in 50 cities I suggest you see it. Two boys in the Bully have Aspergers one gets bullied the other commited suicide because of bullying. Please inform people and your children not to bully because maybe someone they bully will commit suicide or has a disability that isn't very noticable. Thanks
devonsmith372 November 09, 2012 at 11:33 PM
SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM SPAM. They have no place here.
Michael November 10, 2012 at 01:01 AM
What are you considering spam? Your own message.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 01:08 AM
Yeah Michaell,here's an update..... Teller got rid of him now didn't he....}~)
Michael November 10, 2012 at 01:15 AM
Constant comment, as I can tell this is your first time posting on this article and this is what you respond too. And what do you mean got rid of him. He posted on a post like 2 comments down. I wish he got rid of him.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 03:31 AM
@ Michael, i was gone for awhile w/bum knee operations. I commented on this because your comment came up on the scroll on the home page. I'm indebted to Teller as I was hijacked before too. He was successful in getting rid of KevWilds & some of his other aliases. The comments you refer me to are from mid October when he was dismissed. hope that clears up your confusion. }~)
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 04:40 AM
We have all been bullies and we have all been bullied, at one time or another. Let's cherish the lessons we have learned and hope we keep learning how to better treat others and appreciate better when we are treated with respect.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 05:11 AM
Respect is not something that is given out like halloween candy...it is something you must earn.......}~)
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Respect is indeed earned. Acting respectful is learned. The latter comes from within. You can't control how others may act; you can control your own behavior. Good manners is learned behavior. Lessons are available throughout our lives.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Thanks Charles for all the NEW information....none of knew any of that! You don't happen to have a school teacher in the family there do ya? }~)
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 06:11 AM
Thanks for asking. My grandmother was a pioneer educator, principal, teacher, etc. in the Imperial Valley. My cousin was a longtime biology teacher in high school and I have a cousin who is a teacher in San Diego. My half-brother was for a time a high school science teacher. That's why I enjoy being on my church school's board of trustees so much.
Charles Ferrell November 10, 2012 at 06:20 AM
I forgot to add that my grandfather and my uncle served on the public school board in my hometown and I have a cousin who is with Cal Tech in Pasadena. I strongly support education in and out of the classroom. I hope we all keep learning, long after we stop attending class in school. Life is a classroom, isn't it?
Michael November 10, 2012 at 07:25 PM
I understand now. I wonder if on another page people thought I hijacked peoples name. There was another guy with Michael but no one said anything.
Constant Comment November 10, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Theres a difference in using your own name (ie..Tom, Steve, Mike, etc) and someone else with the exact name using it too. You're both real & you're both entitled. I guess thats why people use creative names to send a message about who they are. (This also discourages stalkers showing up @ your house!) You never know who you're talking to.....which brings me to 'hijacking' someone elses posting name. I don't think anyone thought that about you. One can usually tell when a name has been hijacked by some jealous dweeb, because they write outrageous things to discredit the original name. They get shut down. Thats the difference.....}~)
Michael November 10, 2012 at 09:13 PM
Good point, Constant Comment. It's more likely to have to people with the name Michael on Patch then have to people with the name of Teller of Truth or like yours Constant Comment. I don't think anyone else is going to have those names unless they see you have it first and then they steal it.
The Teller of Truth November 11, 2012 at 05:38 AM
There is something to be said for learning some parts of life through experience. There just is so much that can not be translated or taught with a book. I believe that sarcasm might be one of those things, right?
bob meek November 12, 2012 at 11:50 AM
right indeed .butt just to make sure we havent ass umed anything .we should get to the bottom of this .it just so happens that my monkeys uncle is a rectum specialist .his passion is the feild of anusitis
mary June 25, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Ms. Kocivar: Do you really stand behind your words? If you do, then why have you allowed PTA parent bullies at my son's school to continue behaving as they have been? Why wasn't their charter revoked after they targeted and harassed a disabled child?


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