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Victims of anxiety top the list due to school shootings

Dear Straight Talk: This sounds weird, but after the shootings in Oregon and with school shootings regular news, I’m afraid of school. I’m a good student but my obsessive thoughts and fears that someone will snap won’t…


Father Gets the ‘Straight Talk’ on School Shootings

Dear Straight Talk: To combat school shootings, our school district is considering arming teachers who undergo extensive training. All this is making my daughter (age 17) even more nervous about school shootings — while my son, 15,…


Cost of virtual violence Part II

Dear Readers: Last week, “Curious Reader” asked if mass shootings are the price of society’s insatiable appetite for media violence. A furious defense ensued from the male panelists (see our column JAN 8), who pointed…


Imagine there’s no violence. I wonder if you can.

Dear Straight Talk: This generation is not just born and bred on the Internet, but on an insatiable diet of violence in movies, video games and rap. The other thing uniquely part of their world are mass shootings. If these shootings were…

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Safe schools — panel weighs in with solutions

Dear Readers: The best ‘in-school’ solution I know to make schools places where kids are welcomed by their peers, versus places of harm, is the “Safe School Ambassadors” program. The program works with human nature:…


Former bully victim asks, “Do panelists stand up to bullies?”

Dear Straight Talk: I saw the movie, “Bully” recently. Having had a taste of being bullied in high school — and witnessing far worse — it really affected me. One girl I knew would have spit thrown all over her desk…


Boy has murderous thoughts toward bully

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: I moved here as a freshman. I’m heading into junior year and never made it into the popular crowd. In fact, I’m completely shunned because last year, a completely…


Sickest bullies are those who pretend to be friends

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Someone I once considered a good friend has been saying absolutely horrible things behind my back. I overheard her, so I know it’s true. This person is very insecure…

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A Bullying Solution that Really Works

DEAR READERS: If your school could have a superpower, what would it be? If it’s an anti-bullying superpower, you’re in luck. I’d like to shout from the rooftops about the “Safe School Ambassadors”…

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“Glee” about as edgy as spilled slushees

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: One of my guilty pleasures is watching “Glee.” I am wondering if the degree of bullying they depict is exaggerated or if high school today is really like…

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