Change Churchill High School's Name to Promote Racial Justice

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Gee Browne
Nov 16, 2021
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Anita Kanitz
Apr 27, 2021
“Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one’s definition of your life, but define yourself.”

“The common mistake that bullies make is assuming that because someone is nice that he or she is weak. Those traits have nothing to do with each other. In fact, it takes considerable strength and character to be a good person.”

“You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something sometime in your life.”

“If there are no heroes to save you, then you be the hero.”
-Anita Kanitz

“If they don’t like you for being yourself, be yourself even more.” – Taylor Swift

"It's important to stand up to all forms of bullying, and it's even more important for those who are around you to be just as courageous and stand with you! "
-Normani Kordei

I think bullies and their helpers and supporters need to be removed and punished everywhere. In kindergarten, school, university, at work, at the social networks. I do not have the slightest understanding of mediation and conversation, because it brings nothing, because it help the bullies not the victims. Punishment of the parents, the teachers and headmasters of bullies who help the bullies is very important. And helpers and supporters must also permanently removed, it can not be that these people make their lies on parent evenings or teach as a teacher or as a principal run a school or work in the workplace and even as superiors or that they make again and again unpunished internet slandering and cyberbullying. It's like putting a knife into a murderer's hand and saying, keep it up. That must have an end.

I have been the victim of extreme cyber bullying for 17 years. The perpetrators (real assholes and dickheads) are a former outrageous ex-tenant and his entire circle of friends, acquaintances and as it looks like relatives of him. Unfortunately, I had to learn it myself, you get here very little or no help.That must change. Some foreign female friends had the same problem. They got rape threats and rape jokes and sadistic porns and were slandered on the social media.

I have always been on the side of the bullied people and childs and will always be on the side of the bullied, in memory of two girls who have been bullied to death. My beloved girl friends, forever in my heart and my soul. And for my beloved son, for all his pain during some years of his school time, caused by extreme bullying.
Through bullying, two very good female friends of mine, who were in other schools, committed suicide at the age of 13 and 14 years.
And my son was brutally bullied for years at high school by classmates, teachers, and the principal (real scum bags and blood bitches). A change of school always failed because the principal and the teachers claimed to the family, especially the grandparents and the father, there was no bullying at their school, my son was just too sensitive. The bullying included exclusion, mockery, property damage, theft of school supplies and money, beatings, slander of the worst kind, telephone terror, beatings and intimidation of my sons remaining friends. Only in one case of theft was the police ready to accept an ad. But after that the police did not do anything. The State Education Office advised us to talk to the school! The State Education Office did nothing despite many complaints and said we would see the problems too blatant. We talked to the school, wrote letters, begging for help, but they did not do anything, just blaming us. They accused me as a mother and my son, we were the only troublemakers in the school. Other children and school friends witnessing the bullying incidents were silenced by the two principals who were in charge of the school during my sons school time, in some cases these schoolfriends were taken out of school because of the psychological terror of the school and the bullies (sons of bitches) and the parents of the bullies (real buggers). It is understandable that the bullied person is becoming more and more lonely in this case. The parent representatives were parents of bullies and were elected again and again. My son became ill due to the bullying and could not take the final exam. Nevertheless, the principal still sent him during the sick time the police into the house because of terrible lies of the bullies and the class teacher sent insulting faxes and we got insulting telephone calls of the principal.While the police used to be unable to help my son in all bullying incidents, she was suddenly very quick, caught up with vicious slander by the bullying schoolmaster, the mobbing classmate, and the mobbing classmates, and took out my sick son of the bed. But they did not find anything, and I found out that the headmaster was close friends with the police chief of operations. (a real douchebag) The police went again, without apology, the headmaster and the class teacher did not apologize, the lying bullies were not punished.What a shame. We get after the telephone calls of the bullies, we should all kill ourselves and they want to dance on our graves! Many bullied students leave that terrible school before the exam.Even the parents of the bullies were aggressive, outrageous and spread rumors, bad calls and angry letters. My son then took the exam at another school, but he never forgot what happened.
I say it clearly, never forget the enemies of your children and what they did and wish them to be affected by bullying and terror in their lives in the same way.
Only we can change it, if all others fail, we families, relatives and friends of the bullied. And fine and punish parents and supporters of bullies so hard as possible. Because we live in bullying societies, nothing will change unless we change it.


Terrible Suicides caused by bullying:

Amanda Todd:
A pervert leaked a topless photo of Amanda Todd, then a group of girls bullied her until she ended up taking her own life.

In September 2012, this fifteen-year-old Canadian high-schooler posted a nine-minute black-and-white video on YouTube called My Story: Struggling, bullying, suicide and self-harm. She speaks not a word in the video, instead letting her story unfold through a series of flash cards. She tells of how when she was in seventh grade, a male stranger—after much coaxing—convinced her to flash him her naked breasts during a webcam discussion.

A year went by before the same stranger contacted her on Facebook threatening to go public with a topless photo he’d screencapped of her if Amanda refused to perform a live sex show for him on camera. She says she refused, at which point the man sent her topless photo “to everyone.” Amanda claims this sent her spiraling into depression and seeking to blunt the humiliation through alcohol and drugs.

Her family moved her to another school, but the stranger kept stalking her. He opened a fake Facebook account in her name, using her topless photo as the profile picture. This led to taunts from kids at the new school and a new habit for Amanda—self-mutilation.

After being shuttled off to yet another new school, she was tracked down by female bullies from a prior school who beat her up en masse and left her lying in a ditch. After her dad rescued her and brought her home, she tried killing herself by drinking bleach. She was rushed to a hospital and survived.

Her parents moved with her to another new city and another new school, yet her depression persisted. This is the description she posted under her video of September 2012:

I’m struggling to stay in this world, because everything just touches me so deeply. I’m not doing this for attention. I’m doing this to be an inspiration and to show that I can be strong. I did things to myself to make pain go away, because I’d rather hurt myself then someone else. Haters are haters but please don’t hate, although I’m sure I’ll get them. I hope I can show you guys that everyone has a story, and everyones future will be bright one day, you just gotta pull through. I’m still here aren’t I?

Yes, she was still here—although briefly. A month after posting the video, Amanda killed herself.

Jessica Laney:

After posting a compassionate answer on Ask.fm about how suicide is not the answer, Jessica Laney hanged herself.

Like Hannah Smith, this 16-year-old Floridian killed herself after being harassed on Ask.fm.

On Thanksgiving Day, 2012, an anonymous questioner on the site asked Jessica about her opinions on suicide. Her response:

If you ever feel this low i just wanna [say it’s] not your fault. People are mean. I know you feel useless broken not wanted and alone. i was there. But i promise you it will get better….Nothing is worth it; it will all get better.

But things didn’t get better. She fielded hostile comments such as “you have pretty eyes but your fat,” “Can you kill yourself already?” and “Nobody even cares about you.”

About two weeks after Thanksgiving, Laney hanged herself.

Audrie Pott:

After three boys gang-raped her and distributed photos of the crime, Audrie Pott hanged herself with a belt.

At a house party on Labor Day weekend 2012 in the posh-and-privileged California coastal town of Saratoga, police say 15-year-old Audrie Pott fell unconscious after drinking vodka and was sexually assaulted by three boys who subsequently scrawled lewd remarks on her body. They photographed the event and distributed digital photos to local students, where the images “spread like wildfire.”

Tortured by the fact that her gang rape was being treated like reality-TV entertainment, Audrie hanged herself with a belt a week after the house party.

Cora DeLille: After being tormented at school during a time of personal turmoil, Cora DeLille killed herself and wrote a note that said “Thanks for all the pain.”

At the emotionally raw age of 15, this Ohio girl felt despondent about life. She had just broken up with her boyfriend, and the stepfather she’d known all her life had divorced her mother. In a suicide note she left before hanging herself at her family’s home in May of 2014, she named four tormentors from school—two of them her ex-boyfriends—whom she claimed had pushed her to the point where she didn’t want to live anymore. One line in her suicide note stood out above all the others:

Thanks for all the pain.

books about:

Making an Impact on School Bullying: Interventions and Recommendations / Peter K. Smith (Herausgeber)
Exploring international and intercultural perspectives, Making an Impact on School Bullying presents a much-needed insight into the serious problem of bullying in schools. As the effect of bullying on victims can be devastating, and bystanders and even perpetrators are often also negatively affected by the experience, finding successful solutions to the problem of bullying is crucial for improving school life around the world.

This invaluable book looks at a range of practical interventions that have addressed the problem of school bullying. Peter Smith presents a curated collection of seven examples of successful anti-bullying procedures from around the world - including the US, Europe and Asia - and an exploration of cyberbullying. Each chapter examines the context in which the interventions took place, how theoretical knowledge transferred into practice, and the impact and legacy of the work. Covering the most important and widely-used strategies to combat bullying, the book provides readers with a roadmap to developing practical and impactful interventions.

Ideal reading for students and researchers of education and developmental psychology, Making an Impact on School Bullying is also useful for school counsellors and education authorities.

I Have the Right To: A High School Survivor's Story of Sexual Assault, Justice, and Hope/Chessy Prout (Autor)
The numbers are staggering: nearly one in five girls ages fourteen to seventeen have been the victim of a sexual assault or attempted sexual assault. This is the true story of one of those girls.

In 2014, Chessy Prout was a freshman at St. Paul’s School, a prestigious boarding school in New Hampshire, when a senior boy sexually assaulted her as part of a ritualized game of conquest. Chessy bravely reported her assault to the police and testified against her attacker in court. Then, in the face of unexpected backlash from her once-trusted school community, she shed her anonymity to help other survivors find their voice.

This memoir is more than an account of a horrific event. It takes a magnifying glass to the institutions that turn a blind eye to such behavior and a society that blames victims rather than perpetrators. Chessy’s story offers real, powerful solutions to upend rape culture as we know it today. Prepare to be inspired by this remarkable young woman and her story of survival, advocacy, and hope in the face of unspeakable trauma.

The Asshole Survival Guide: How to Deal with People Who Treat You Like Dirt /Robert I Sutton (Autor)
From the international bestselling expert on dealing with assholes

'With cutting-edge research and real-life examples that are thought-provoking and often hilarious, thisis an indispensable resource'
Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

'At last someone has provided clear steps for rejecting, deflecting, and deflating the jerks who blight our lives. Better still, that someone is the great Bob Sutton, which ensures that the information is useful, evidence-based, and fun to read'
Robert Cialdini, author of Influence and Pre-Suasion

'If only Bob Sutton's book had been available to help me deal with the full complement of 1st-class assholes I've encountered in my 50-year professional life. No names shall be mentioned'
Tom Peters, co-author of In Search of Excellence

Being around assholes, whether at work or elsewhere, can damage performance and affect wellbeing: having one asshole in a team has been shown to reduce performance by 30 to 40%. And social media has only given rise to further incivility -- 40% of people have experienced harassment online.

In The Asshole Survival Guide, Stanford professor Robert Sutton offers practical advice on identifying and tackling any kind of asshole -- based on research into groups from uncivil civil servants to French bus drivers, and 8,000 emails that he has received on asshole behaviour.
With expertise and humour, he provides a cogent and methodical game-plan. First, he sets out the asshole audit, to find out what kind of asshole needs dealing with, and asshole detection strategies. Then he reveals field-tested, sometimes surprising techniques, from asshole avoidance and asshole taxes to mind-tricks and the art of love bombing. Finally, he explains the dangers of asshole blindness -- when the problem might be yours truly.

Bitch Fight: Put and End to Women Bullying Women in the Workplace/Jean-Francois Ducharme (Autor)
Thud! Crack! That’s the sound heard around the world as women bash their head against that impenetrable glass ceiling. It’s not only men who keep women from climbing the corporate ladder. Women mistreating their sisters in business are at the root of many bloodied heads and bruised psyches. Women bullying and sabotaging women in the workplace is pervasive. It’s a taboo subject cloaked in silence. This invisible threat leaves careers decimated and can create chaos in organisations. This book is for all those whose lives have been turned upside down by women bullies in the workplace. In this book we share our strategies, our insights and our understanding of the what, how and why this happens. We have solutions to help you deal with bullies at work and help you get the job and career you want and deserve. It’s time to put a stop to women bullying women in the workplace.

Nobody's Victim: Fighting Psychos, Stalkers, Pervs and Trolls /Carrie Goldberg (Autor)
Nobody's Victim invites readers to join Carrie Goldberg on the front lines of the war against sexual violence and privacy violations as her law firm sues the hell out of tech companies, schools, and sexual predators. Her battleground is the courtroom; her crusade is to transform clients from victims into warriors.

In gripping detail, Carrie shares the diabolical ways her clients are attacked and how she, through her unique combination of relentless advocacy, badass risk-taking, and unique client-empowerment, pursues justice for them all. There is the ex-boyfriend who made fake bomb threats in a client's name, causing a national panic; the girl who was sexually assaulted on school grounds and then suspended when she reported the attack; and the guy who used a dating app to send more than 1,200 men to his ex's home and office for sex. Carrie also shares her own shattering story about why she began her work and became the lawyer she needed.

Riveting and essential, Nobody's Victim is a bold and timely analysis of victim protection in the era of the Internet. This book is an urgent warning of a coming crisis, a predictor of imminent danger, and a weapon to take back control and protect ourselves-both online and off.

Deep Dark Blue: My Story of Surviving Sexual Assault in the Military/Polo Tate (Autor)
Deep Dark Blue is more than a memoir about sexual assault. It’s about breaking boundaries but also setting them. It's about learning to trust your instincts. It's a story of survival, resilience, and finally, finding your joy.

I want to be in the Air Force someday.

These are the words Polo Tate engraved on her junior dog tags at age eleven. It was an unpopular dream for most young girls, but her hard work paid off and at age eighteen, Polo started basic training at the United States Air Force Academy.

She does everything right, from academics to athletics. But no one prepared her for what came next: physical, sexual, and emotional abuse at the hands of her superiors. Harassment from peers who refused to believe her story.

But this is a story that needs to be told.

Bullied to Broken: The true story of Maddy Ryan/ Debbie Ryan (Autor)
The words of her mother:
This is Maddy's story.

Much of her story is from her text messages and accounts to those she was close to. I am proud to be my daughter's voice. This book has also become my story. Maddy, suffered bullying from a young age. This caused her severe mental health trauma and left her with self-esteem issues, panic attacks and anxiety. On 24 June 2018 Maddy took her own life, aged 23 years.

This book is intended to advocate for mental health awareness. Maddy lived in fear for much of her young adult life. Maddy had a high drive for perfectionism. Maddy was afraid to let people know of her mental health issues as she feared judgment by others. Maddy's story will give an insight into how bullying effects the individual, the long lasting psychological trauma that it can cause. It is hoped that people who choose to bully can find empathy to cease the behaviour. It discusses strategies to cope with bullying, how to build resilience and ways to heal pain and grief.

Bullying is becoming an epidemic. Children are bullying in the school yard, and then through cyberbullying. There is bullying in workplaces and sporting organisations. There is often no respite for those being bullied. Many of those who are bullied have chronic mental health issues, increased risks of suicide, there is more burden on the health care system and exorbitant costs to the government, the cycle goes around and around. Writing this book has been a difficult personal journey. I hope that Maddy's story will help others, then the journey would have been worth it.

Take the Bully by the Horns: Stop Unethical, Uncooperative, or Unpleasant People from Running and Ruining Your Life /Sam Horn (Autor)
A guide on how to successfully defuse and avoid negative confrontations with difficult people offers strategies on how to render oneself less of a target, act on anger, outmaneuver controlling behaviors, and develop effective communication skills.

Bullying and Racist Bullying in Schools: What are we Missing? /Dr. Sairah Qureshi (Autor)
Unlike most, this book highlights gaps in the literature as well as addressing the core issue, what schools, parents and educators are missing when it comes to dealing with bullying and racism. Henceforth, schools face underreporting on a significant level. Through academic and practical research, the author emphasizes areas for growth in anti-bullying education within the school curriculum and presents recommendations which include methods to eradicate all forms of bullying. Included are modules and class-based activities. This book is ideal for school teachers, educators and researchers.

Little Girls Can Be Mean: Four Steps to Bully-Proof Girls in the Early Grades/Michelle Anthony (Autor)
Worried about mean girls? Help your daughter respond and react to bullying where it starts---in elementary school

As experts in developmental psychology and each a mother of three, Dr. Michelle Anthony and Dr. Reyna Lindert began noticing an alarming pattern of social struggle among girls as young as five, including their own daughters. In today's world, it is likely that your daughter has been faced with bullying and friendship issues, too---and perhaps you're at a loss for how to guide her through these situations effectively. Little Girls Can Be Mean is the first book to tackle the unique social struggles of elementary-aged girls, giving you the tools you need to help your daughter become stronger, happier, and better able to enjoy her friendships at school and beyond.

Dr. Anthony and Dr. Lindert offer an easy-to-follow, 4-step plan to help you become a problem-solving partner with your child, including tips and insights that girls can use on their own to confront social difficulties in an empowered way. Whether your daughter is just starting grade school or is already on her way to junior high, you'll learn how to:

OBSERVE the social situation with new eyes
CONNECT with your child in a new way
GUIDE your child with simple, compassionate strategies
SUPPORT your daughter to act more independently to face the social issue

By focusing squarely on the issues and needs of girls in the years before adolescence, Little Girls Can Be Mean is the essential, go-to guide for any parent or educator of girls in grades K-6.

Bullying in Relationships: Why do you do it?/ Shirley Blackmon (Autor)
Bullying is never right, whether a person is in a relationship or not. A relationship can be platonic or romantic. A bully can be a young man or woman, or an older man or woman. Bullying is unhealthy, for the bully and the person being bullied, more so for the person being bullied. The bully feels empowered when bullying, while the one on the receiving end is feeling belittled/demeaned, feeling less important in a relationship. There is no reason to bully anyone, ever. If a person feels the need to bully, there is something deeper inside going on. It’s self-entitlement. It’s what they want to do, when they want to do it, thinking of no one but themselves, being selfish. Let’s examine what is really going on and hopefully, anyone bullying or being bullied, will be able to self-examine themselves, get help, and have healthy relationships.

Fatty Legs: A True Story/Christy Jordan-Fenton (Autor)
Eight-year-old Margaret Pokiak has set her sights on learning to read, even though it means leaving her village in the high Arctic. Faced with unceasing pressure, her father finally agrees to let her make the five-day journey to attend school, but he warns Margaret of the terrors of residential schools.

At school Margaret soon encounters the Raven, a black-cloaked nun with a hooked nose and bony fingers that resemble claws. She immediately dislikes the strong-willed young Margaret. Intending to humiliate her, the heartless Raven gives gray stockings to all the girls — all except Margaret, who gets red ones. In an instant Margaret is the laughingstock of the entire school.

In the face of such cruelty, Margaret refuses to be intimidated and bravely gets rid of the stockings. Although a sympathetic nun stands up for Margaret, in the end it is this brave young girl who gives the Raven a lesson in the power of human dignity.

Complemented by archival photos from Margaret Pokiak-Fenton’s collection and striking artworks from Liz Amini-Holmes, this inspiring first-person account of a plucky girl’s determination to confront her tormentor will linger with young readers.

Cyberbullying: Bullying in the Digital Age/Robin M. Kowalski (Autor)
Psychologists explore the reality of cyberbullies

Millions of children are affected by bullies each year. Advances in social media, email, instant messaging, and cell phones, however, have moved bullying from a schoolyard fear to a constant threat. The second edition of Cyberbullying offers the most current information on this constantly-evolving issue and outlines the unique concerns and challenges it raises for children, parents, and educators. Authored by psychologists who are internationally recognized as experts in this field, the text uses the latest research in this area to provide an updated, reliable text ideal for parents and educators concerned about the cyberbullying phenomenon.

When Rape Becomes Acceptable: Corrective Rape in Jamaica /Kemone S.G. Brown (Autor)
What would you do if your body had been violated? Would you have the will, the energy, and the drive to survive? What if the person who violated you believed that he was doing the right thing? After all, society had provided him with reasoning for his beliefs. What would you do if someone threatened to rape you and you had nowhere or no one to turn to, no one or system to protect you? “When Rape Becomes Acceptable” deals with the issues surrounding corrective rape in Jamaica. It follows the lives of ten women who were victims of corrective rape and illustrates how each woman or her loved ones is dealing with what happened. Some of these women had the will to survive, not in the sense that they are flourishing, but they continue to live, hiding in the shadows, hiding from society who they really are; the fear of being outed again and being subjected to another instance of “corrective rape” determining how they live their lives. However, some of them were not so “lucky”. They didn’t have the strength to deal with or come to grips with what happened to them, so instead of having to bear the burden of what happened, they decided to end the pain and the agony as it was much easier than continuing to live. Join them as each woman tells you her story and opens up her life, her scars, her pain, her suffering as she tries to cope in a society that has not only failed to protect her but has also given rise to the violation of her body.
To be a lesbian means worldwide constant bullying and extreme danger.

The Hidden Face of Eve: Women in the Arab World/ Nawal El Saadawi (Autor)
The extrem bullying of Muslim females worldwide is very common and nearly always unpunished.
This powerful non-fiction account of the oppression of women in the Muslim world remains as shocking today as when it was first published, more than a quarter of a century ago.

Nawal El Saadawi writes out of a powerful sense of the violence and injustice which permeated her society. Her experiences working as a doctor in villages around Egypt, witnessing prostitution, honour killings and sexual abuse, including female circumcision, drove her to give voice to this suffering. She goes on to explore the causes of the situation through a discussion of the historical role of Arab women in religion and literature. Saadawi argues that the veil, polygamy and legal inequality are incompatible with the essence of Islam or any human faith.

The Hidden Face of Eve remains a classic of modern Arab writing.

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Keshav Lincoln
1 year ago
Education & Economy:

I want you to vote to remove trump and Mitch McConnell out of the Oval Office today. Flip the senate and take back the White House today. Education and Economy reopening all states and cities. Government Reopening all states and cities around the world and counties. Returning students back to school this year. Let’s Help to stop and slow the spread of virus.

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Jennifer Kampf
1 year ago
Churchill was a bloody butcher without a shred of human decency. His own people suffered and died pointlessly under his auspices from the Anzacs at Gallipoli to the citizens of Coventry.

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dfkala poidal
1 year ago
No to bigots

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Barry Gordon
2 years ago
Are you serious? Churchill saved the Great Britain and gave the US precious time to prepare for WW2. You people are so misguided.

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John Dondapati
2 years ago
Winston Churchill was a monster. He shouldn't be honored. The history is white washed. Let's make corrections so our future generations know the truth and live in a equal society.

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William Richbourg
2 years ago
I am NOT signing this petition because I think it is among the most stupid, idiotic ideas I could imagine. These students know nothing about Winston Churchill. He was among the most brilliant and impactful men of this century. Without him, we may very well be speaking German today. Certainly Europe would be, either that or Russian. To kowtow to a bunch of 18 year old doesnt say too much about the quality of leadership in the county schools. This clearly demonstrates the dreadful lack of a classical study of history both US and World. Sad!!!

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Mayor Jeffrey Slavin
2 years ago
It’s time to recognize leaders in the naming of schools who share the common values of the community and who have a connection to the community—-and especially not to honor slave holders or colonialists!

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Amy Bridge
2 years ago
Mrmories don’t change just because the name of the school I attended might. Do the right thing.