CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON FEDERAL ANTI BULLYING LAW
  • Petitioned Speaker of the House John Boehner

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Speaker of the House John Boehner

CONGRESSIONAL HEARING ON FEDERAL ANTI BULLYING LAW

    1. Petition by

      The National Monster March Against Bullying

WHY SUPPORT OUR INVESTIGATIVE HEARING?:

Dear friends,

The Monster March started with teenagers we’d extensively trained to counsel peers on dozens of sensitive topics from addictions and bullying to sexual assault and suicide. Every week, we provide emotional support and referrals to depressed teens across the country. We're trusted to listen in as bullied kids share story after story about how it starts, what it does to them and why most of them don’t report it. We understand bullying. We regularly monitor and expose it to raise awareness on how vicious and vulgar its become. We intervene in suicide bullying cases. We believe our best hope for preventing bullying is by empowering teens to positively influence their peers.

Our Monster March families inspire much of our determination. From the moment their bullied child or teen killed him or herself - -through the agonizing process of pursuing painful answers - - these families have felt the burn and the hit of every barrier, hurdle and land mine thrown in front of them in their quest for justice. They share their hard-knock lessons with us and Congress needs to hear them.

We've supported many of our families as they've testified for more effective state laws. Sadly, too many walk away disappointed that critical elements of a promising bill were left out or ignored. We've learned a few families' voices aren't loud enough. And, even in states with laws that look good on paper, bullied teenagers are stil killing themselves at an alarming rate. 

At this writing, 5 bullied American kids have committed suicide in the last two weeks. Every year,160,000 American kids dread even the thought of going to school where hallways are ruled by bullies. So, they stay home and miss out on education. This is your chance to do something about it.

The Monster March has built the most comprehensive library of American bullied suicides. In every case we research and write for our "Teens We've Lost" gallery, we carefully examine how parents, peers, schools, police, mental health experts and lawmakers handled the tragedy. Our documentation reveals a startling portrait few people have yet to recognize.

Our examinations show, in the majority of more than 100 recent bullied American teen suicides:

*Parents didn't know their child was being bullied.

*Parents didn't monitor their child's online activity

*Schools were asked to intervene in the bullying but didn't.

*After the sucides, the same schools denied having had knowledge of bullying.

*Counselors lacked training on how to recognize and handle bullying.

*Police were quick to dismiss bullying and ignored leads.

*In cyber bullying, social networks refused to delete tormenting comments.

*State laws failed to address glaring issues that allow bullying.

We all know that, in order to find a solution, you must first identify the problem.  We’re certain Congress doesn’t realize the collective severity of what ‘s been allowed to go on. We believe an investigative committee--that listens--is our best hope for all American kids everywhere and that one child is as important as another.   

Members of Congress have advised us not to deliver our signatures with a proposed federal law already set. “The most effective way to achieve such a law is to first present the facts, then your recommendations and then to work with a committee toward realistic solutions.” Once our hearing date is scheduled, we will solicit more recommendations, which we’ll take with us to Washington D.C. in an organized presentation.

We are grateful for the many anti-bullying people, groups and crusades that started before us and who offer things we don’t. We believe our “strength is in numbers” and we invite you to unite with us as one.

While you are reading this and are contemplating whether to sign, 20 more of our children have fallen victim to bullying.  An American child is bullied every 7 seconds.

As the father of a bullied son I could have lost, I am grateful to all our families and teenagers who’ve turned their pain into action for others. I’m leading our petition for every man, woman and child who has ever had to suffer the pain of bullying.

Please sign…and share…and JOIN our Monster March. Tell us on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/youthvoicetv) you’d like to get involved.

 As our Monster March Teens love to ask:

                                  “WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?”

   -Congressional Hearing Petition Director, Matthew Bent

 

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    • Katherine Davis DUDLEY, NC
      • 7 months ago

      There should be a federal law to back up the states in the fight against bullying. Bullying is a nationwide problem that affect not only children but people of all ages...stand up as American's and let people know this behavior is not acceptable!

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    • Laura Tanner LYNDONVILLE, VT
      • 8 months ago

      My son is the being bullied, both in school and via the internet. The school has refused to take stance and allowed this to happen. Physical harm has occured and they still refuse to do anything.

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    • A PITT COLUMBIA, SC
      • 9 months ago

      Hello!

      I've started the petition "Barack Obama and Aaron Schock and U.S. Senate: Eradicate US Army Toxic Leadership" and need your help to get it off the ground.

      Will you take 30 seconds to sign it right now? Here's the link:

      http://www.change.org/petitions/barack-obama-and-aaron-schock-and-u-s-senate-eradicate-us-army-toxic-leadership

      Here's why it's important:

      To Whom It May Concern,

      I was the immediate supervisor for SPC Annzala Pitt at C.Co 225 BSB. In the time that SPC Pitt was part of my squad she encountered numerous difficulties which I believe were entirely due to being mistreated by her senior leadership. When SPC Pitt arrived at 225 BSB she had a medical situation that required attention prior to her deployment to Iraq. When she voiced her concerns to 1LT Riglick not only were her concerns dismissed but her private health information was erroneously released to multiple parties. SPC Pitt filed a complaint for the HIPPA violation against the offending party, 1LT Riglick. A few months later 1LT Riglick was assigned to C.Co as our Platoon Leader. This is undoubtedly the situation that caused SPC Pitt to be labeled as a problem soldier by C.Co leadership. SPC Pitt was not protected from reprisal and was treated badly for the duration of her time with C.Co 225 BSB.

      The result of filing her HIPPA complaint against 1LT Riglick was having a stigma placed on her by the very leadership that was supposed to be protecting her. She endured rumors, attacks on her character, and even attempts at discrediting her intellectual capacities. She was even accused of having inappropriate relationships with multiple senior Non-Commissioned Officers by our Platoon Leader 1LT Riglick. SPC Pitt continuously sought only to do her job as a mental health specialist and as her first line supervisor I pushed for her to be moved from the company to the Troop Medical Clinic. When SPC Pitt was sent to the Troop Medical Clinic to preform her duties as a mental health specialist C.Co leadership made sure to let the incoming social worker know what their impression of her was. SPC Pitt then worked with Major Ball, who had already been told she was a problem soldier, and was subsequently treated horribly to include having to undergo a mental health evaluation without provocation.

      SPC Pitt requested on numerous occasions to be moved from C.Co 225 BSB to another company, battalion, or division to get out from underneath the stigma placed on her. These requests were heard by our Company Commander, 1SG, Platoon Leader, Platoon Sergeant, Command Sergeant Major, and even Division Command team but nothing was done. Instead of helping the soldier 1LT Riglick and Major Ball ordered me to counsel her for their perceived insubordination. When I disagreed with these orders it was made clear that my military career was also in jeopardy. I was ordered by 1LT Riglick to counsel SPC Pitt for not properly using her chain of command to which, I informed the command that she had done exactly what procedures are outlined. The result of my not counseling her for this was to have my MEDPROS status changed to non-deployable by 1LT Riglick. This retaliation against me for defending SPC Pitt would have ended my career if I had not already been found deployable and fit for duty by the Medical Review Board in 2008.

      Despite her outburst which finally concluded her time in C.Co I would still recommend that she be retained by the United States Army. SPC Pitt endured being mistreated for months and still maintained a positive attitude. Her intellectual prowess combined with her willingness to work make her a viable asset. I believe that if SPC Pitt had been able to move to another command away from the toxic leadership of C.Co 225 BSB her military career would have flourished.

      SGT David Trapolsi

      You can sign my petition by clicking here.

      Thanks!

      A PITT

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    • Irene Kirchoff WINTER HAVEM, FL
      • 9 months ago

      friend lost her daughter because of bullying

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    • Bryan Kujawa LAKE FOREST, IL
      • 9 months ago

      So that students can go to school, learn, and enjoy everything without anxiety or fear.

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