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48 Hours Mystery Tackles Middle School Bullying!

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So powerful, and truly, truly tragic.

Check out this special episode of 48 Hours Mystery, during which correspondent Tracy Smith delves into the sometimes very nasty and cruel social life that many middle school students endure every day (above)!

According to this, more 160,000 students stay home a day because they are afraid of being bullied!

Just awful! And completely unacceptable!

There HAS to be a better way of showing our nation's youth that differences need to accepted and embraced, not scrutinized and mocked!

The time for change is now! These kids are too young to feel this alone and abused!

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32 comments to “48 Hours Mystery Tackles Middle School Bullying!”

  1. 1

    middle school is the worst time for most of the youth. i know it was horrible for me.

  2. 2

    Middle school is way worse than highschool, at least it was for me. I'm sure it was different for everyone. But I hated middle school. I didn't really get picked on too much, but it was just sooo much pressure to fit in, you were like a diseased person if you didnt have the cool clothes to wear, which I didn't. the cliques are horrendous. But I made it, as do most of us, and I had a blast in highschool!

  3. 3

    Start by getting the kid a haircut so he looks semi-normal. Jesus, man.

  4. 4

    Bully Boxes == Practical Joke Boxes == Innocent Kids expelled == etc, etc, etc.

  5. 5

    Honestly, this all boils down to parenting. Humans haven't changed. We don't have 6 fingers and 22 toes. Either this isn't the epidemic some claim it is, or the gap between rich/middle class/poor has widened SO much, the divorce rate SO high, that most kids are from broken homes. How can a single mother of 3 kids raise little johny properly? The TV and Xbox are raising these little snots. So is the internet and sites like this pile of trash. It's not genetic. It's not hereditary. It's social. And it's because parents aren't watching out or the laws are so fucking strict against disciplining ones own child that nothing can be done. This entire bullying thing is either a complete polarized crock of shit or it's an excellent gauge as to the direction the country is going in. It's just a symptom of a much larger disease.

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    Re: adg100 – you really think kids from single parent homes, who are probably poor, are the bullies? Nope, it's the uppity, upper middle class kids from 2 parent homes who are the ringleaders. Their parents talk down about those single moms, broken homes, and poor people who are getting what they deserve.

  7. 7

    I challenge you, Mario. Shut this garbage site off. It offers nothing to the community and to children. The people you so care about. Keep COCO, Fit Perez, Teddy Hilton and Perezitos. They, at least, offer some value to the human race (at times.) However, this site is terrible. So. Shut it down. Or is collecting the gigantic paycheck every month more important than promoting positive things/messages? Ofcourse not. WHy, because you're a complete hypocritical phoney who offers nothing but a hollow frown and a pat on the hurting soul. Damn you're terrible. (ok, end of rant :) :) )

  8. 8

    We need to stop raising kids to be a bunch of pansies. It's what we are doing. Bullies bully because they KNOW there is not consequences to their actions. Instead of teaching a kid to ignore it, look the other way you should be teaching him if someone mouths off to him to knock the ever living shit out of them. It will stop. If some kid is poking fun of some kid and all he does is sit there and takes it it just sends a message that not only are they hurt but they won't do anything and of course the kid will show off in front of their friends. These kids are just weak. People like this (pushovers) just do not survive. Its been like this since the beginning of mankind.

  9. frrf says – reply to this


    Learning how to deal with bullies on your own is part of life. Deal with it ya fuckin baby. Stop coddling these kids and start teaching them how to stick up for themselves with a punch to the bully's face. I am so sick of seeing spoiled pretentious little brats think they are entitled to everything because their parents want you to think that their kid is special and no one else in the entire world is more special then they are and bla bla bla when they grow up your little shit is going to be eaten alive by the real monsters of the world and thanks to all of this bullshit anti-bullying crap kids are more entitled today then ever.

  10. 10

    solution to middle school bullying…. make the little bastards watch mean girls a minimum of 3 times a day. lessons to be learned: youll get hit by a bus and youll have to join mathletes. that should shut them up.

  11. 11

    I guess it's ok for kids to get verbally/physically abused at school but if it happened in the work place there would be tons of lawsuits. I guess kids don't matter. Also, if a kid defends him or herself they end up getting charges filed against them and if it's bad enough, they can be charged as an adult. They wouldn't be able to get a job with a violent charge on their record so it can basically ruin their life.

  12. 12

    In my middle school years, many years ago, bullies were people who were usually alone and a little different so you tended to stay away from them anyway. Now-a-days, the bullies are popular kids, or even worse, your own friends pick on you.

  13. 13

    Re: Barney – In Ontario, there is a 'no touching policy' at schools. If you act in self-defence you are punished as severely as the child who started it all. It's referred as zero tolerance.

  14. 14

    After getting finishing elementary school I thought middle school would be more fun learning more things and meeting new people. Unfortunately, that did not happen cause like many of us middle school were the worst years and it's actually where bullying begins. Sixth to eight grade I had to deal with stupid kids who had nothing better to do than to bully me and my friends. I spoke up and got in a fight with them but I was suspended because the school says not to retaliate. After constantly te

  15. 15

    Re: frrf – You state your opinion strongly, but I get the point and you are right. For the first time ever, universities are seeing behavioral issues usually contained in high school because, as you say, kids think they are so special and entitled that they speak their minds about everything. They lost the piece about becoming adults. Some still need their parents to do everything for them, too.

  16. 16

    You would think that telling teachers and principals would make it stop but instead they turn the other way. It's sad it's still happening today but it's obvious that the only ones running the school are the bullies. If you think that after going through that hell it's over well think again because your children will have to go through that middle school crisis and guess what? Things haven't changed so it's going to happen to them. Very sad.

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    I know this may sound weird, but I can not for the life of me understand people who bully. It is incomprehensible to me why anyone would want to hurt someone elses feelings. It is a really, really hard thing to understand. I am totally convinced people who bully are mentally ill.

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    Re: pradagirl7 – Your point about teachers reminded me that when my daughter was in grade 5, her teacher picked every girl in her class to be on the basketball team except my daughter. My daughter was just learning how to play and ended up being the athlete of the year in grade eight. She felt left out and alone every time they all left for a practice or game. It may not have been bullying, but it was thoughtless. I'm sure one more girl would not have mattered.

  19. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: adg100 – No kidding. The haircut isn't a guy's, and neither are the eyeglasses, and he's a well spoken intelligent fellow with awesome and expressive eyes.

  20. @v@ says – reply to this


    Re: be strong – Teams aren't designed to be selected so that someone isn't 'left out.' Team selection is based on skills. That said, in Grade 5, exposure to the sport is more the thing, so I actually agree with you. Consider that her being sidelined obviously led her to be driven to excel in athletics and capture that subsequent award.
    Betcha that's the case. What doesn't kill you makes you stronger?

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    Re: be strong – That's too bad. I always hated how school teachers and administration used absolutely no common sense and always seemed to punish the innocent. It's all about who your parents are.

  22. 22

    Re: adg100

    I challenge you to stick a gun up your asshole and pull the tigger. :)

  23. 23

    In response to those who suggest that those kids who are being bullied need to punch the bully in the face and what not, it's not like it was when we were kids. Back then, you could stand up for yourself to the bully and do that with out any consequences. Now days, that would be an automatic suspension or being expelled. This happened recently in my hometown. Kid was bullied and taunted, kid finally had enough one day and punched the bully in the face and broke his nose. Kid was expelled, and then his mom was sued by bully's parents. Bully's family WON in court and she had to pay out the ass for the kid's nose repair AND pain and suffering. Her son had to not only find another school to attend, which was very hard due to a record of "expulsion due to assault and violent behavior" but also was required to take mandatory anger/therapy sessions with a shrink at his mom's expense. Mom is a widow and is already struggling to make ends meet, now she has to worry about if her child will even be allowed to attend college with this on his record.
    All of this due to a bully. I blame parenting in 95% of the cases. I also blame the school systems and their ridiculous rules and policies that cause more trouble than they prevent.
    There has got to be something that can be done about this, but what exactly I'm not sure.

  24. 24

    A time for change is now? You have yet to change you are still a bully. You have just changed you tactics. Now you are passive aggressive, constant backhanded compliments and say out right nasty things but follow it up with lolz or jk. So hypocritical. You are a part of the problem not a solution or at all helping to fix it. The only person you have fooled is yourself!

  25. 25

    Re: brienna92
    So you're comparing perez' back-handed comments against celebrities to bullying in schools??? Who is your dealer, because I need some of that stuff you're snorting or smoking.

  26. 26

    I remember Middle School "Junior High". I had a group of friends and then I pissed off the leader of our group and she turned everyone against me. Two of my former friends sat behind me in class one day and made little pin marks on the back of a white shirt I was wearing and I didn't know it until I left the class and another student pointed it out to me. I told on them and they got into major trouble. Little bitches. They were no longer my friends what the fuck did I care anymore. >;-)

  27. 27

    I was bullied all through school, and I've been bullied by some of the assholes I've worked with as well. My solution? Ignore the motherfuckers unless they get physical, then all bets are off and I'll defend myself if necessary.

  28. 28

    I agree with the way they handled the bullies in the Phoebe Prince case, and I think it should be mandatory in any case where someone kills him- or herself because of bullying: charge the little shits as adults and throw them in the slammer.

  29. 29

    I was bulllied, but its part of life…..I am such a strong person

  30. 30

    Re: beautifulchild – What I meant was anything coming from Perez about feeling sorry for people who get bullied is hypocritical. He also said a time for change is now. That change is something he has yet to do.

  31. 31

    i thought that was a boy for the first three minutes of the clip. but yeah, bullying is bad. in middle school you're bullied, atleast in high school you're just ignored.
    lol "hahrible just hahrible"

  32. 32

    I don't think schools really care about being bullied, I was definitely bullied more in middle school than I ever was elem. or HS. In HS I was only bullied by one individual, who I'm sure only did it to make herself in the "cool" crowd, so to speak. She so much as threatened to fight me (which at that point we already HAD been in fights) and then to bring a gun to school and put it in my backpack when I ignored her fight threats, all within hearing shot of a teacher and nothing at all was done about it. My friend and I went to the office during lunch and reported her saying it and STILL nothing ever happened to her for threatening to do it even after she admitted to saying it. Her parents basically "bought" the school because they were donators. I have seen her since I graduated and she has apologized. I guess when you grow up and realize you were a complete ass for no reason for 3 years, you start to feel like shit.