Indiana U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, the Tea Party candidate who proclaimed that “bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view” shortly after defeating longtime incumbent Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), does not think he should be elected to the U.S. Senate. Indeed, he believes that it should be unconstitutional for anyone to run for the Senate. At a campaign event last February, the Tea Party candidate came out against the Seventeenth Amendment, which ensures that senators will be chosen by elections and not by state legislatures:
You know the issue of the 17th amendment is so troubling to me, our founding fathers, again those geniuses, made the point that the House of Representatives was there to represent the people. The Senate was there to represent the states. In other words the government of the states. . . . You know I think most senators if they had to come back every two years and by the way that would solve another problem. It would solve the idea that Senators move out of their state and never return. But it would cause those senators to have much greater contact with their states. You know just think of this. In today’s you see millions and millions of dollars spent on Senate campaigns. Two years ago, in 2010, Sharon Angle out in Nevada spent 31 million dollars, just herself. How much money would be spent in federal senate races if the state legislators were electing those people. You just took the money out of politics. Is that a bad thing?
Mourdock is certainly right that eliminating U.S. Senate elections would end the practice of corporations and wealthy individuals throwing millions of dollars to change the result of those elections. Indeed, under Mourdock’s logic there’s no reason to stop there. If we simply named someone the hereditary monarch of the United States — King Mitt I — then no one would ever spend money to influence an American election again!
Mourdock is dead wrong, however, to suggest that ending Senate elections would eliminate corruption. Rather, one of the primary forces driving the Seventeenth Amendment’s ratification was the fact that the old system led to a kind of Citizens United on steroids:
[T]he system led to rampant and blatant corruption, letting corporations and other moneyed interests effectively buy U.S. Senators, and tied state legislatures up in numerous, lengthy deadlocks over whom to send to Washington, leaving those bodies with far less time to devote to the job of enacting the laws their states needed for the welfare of the people.
Sadly, Mourdock is not the first major Republican to say that the American people should not be allowed to elect their own senators. Texas Gov. Rick Perry believes this, as does Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Justice Antonin Scalia.
Our guest bloggers are Kellan Baker, health care analyst for LGBT Progress and Josh Garcia, intern for LGBT Progress. This post was originally published by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.
Before he completed suicide at the age of 26 in 2010, Joseph Jefferson recorded his final words on Facebook: ?I could not bear the burden of living as a gay man of color in a world grown cold and hateful towards those of us who live and love differently than the so-called ?social mainstream.??
Though LGBT suicide is frequently portrayed as a wholly youth phenomenon, Joseph was an LGBT activist who had built a life for himself as an adult after getting through what many people assume to be the only tough part of an LGBT person?s life ? adolescence.
The National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, the public-private partnership aimed at saving the more than 34,000 lives in the United States lost every year to suicide, has taken a lead in changing public misperceptions about LGBT suicide. In particular, the Action Alliance task force that concentrates on the LGBT population has changed its name from the LGBT Youth Task Force to the LGBT Populations Task Force, acknowledging the struggles with suicide ideation, suicide attempts, and death by suicide that many LGBT people confront at different points in their lives.
The reasons that suicide is a lifelong concern for many LGBT people are complex and dynamic. These risk factors include family rejection, lack of social support, lack of access to culturally competent healthcare providers, and the stress of living with discrimination and prejudice.
Because of family or employment obligations, many LGBT adults, like most LGBT youth, do not get to choose where they live and work?often leaving them trapped in hostile environments with family members, co-workers, or neighbors who do not accept them.
Certain protective factors may mitigate these risks. Such factors include family acceptance, affirming and culturally competent mental and behavioral health services, and policies that extend legal protections and promote acceptance.
Indeed, the past several years have seen several advances across the country on behalf of fairness for LGBT people. New York state passed marriage equality for same-sex couples in 2011, and Washington state and Maryland followed suit in 2012. And, recently, the federal government has taken an active role in implementing LGBT-inclusive laws and policies.
But much remains to be done to help eliminate suicidal thoughts and behavior among LGBT individuals. In addition to increased legal protections and working to change stubborn social prejudices, there is a particularly pressing need for further research and data collection regarding mental health and suicide among the gay and transgender population.
Currently, there are no national data regarding suicidal ideation or suicide rates among the LGBT population as a whole. Nor are there sufficient data regarding the experiences of specific segments of the LGBT population, including LGBT youth and elders, transgender adults, and LGBT people of color, who may be at increased risk because of the multiple burdens of discrimination they bear.
Thus, as part of the implementation of the upcoming National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP), the Action Alliance must take the lead in pushing for nationally representative data on suicide rates among the LGBT population. These data will inform the development and implementation of evidence-based interventions that can help protect the lives of LGBT people.
Such interventions may include initiatives fostering resilience and help-seeking behaviors among LGBT people, connecting them with providers who are both familiar with mental and behavioral health issues and comfortable accepting and respecting their LGBT clients, and promoting supportive school, work, and other environments.
In addition to driving research that can guide efforts to prevent LGBT suicide, the ultimate purpose of the Action Alliance is to save lives by decreasing the rate of suicide in our country. And to do this, each one of us ? whether LGBT or ally, pastor or policymaker, researcher or activist ? must respond to the moral imperative to help build a world where LGBT people count and are counted, and where they can live their lives free from discrimination, harassment, and the violence of suicide.
Kansas Senate President Steve Morris (R) effectively killed an anti-abortion bill by sending it back to a Senate committee that is unlikely to bring it up for a vote before the legislative session ends today. “It is prudent for the Senate to have more time to consider the proposal,” he said.
In a last-ditch effort, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lance Kinzer (R) said the bill’s supporters are trying to pull the bill from committee onto the floor, but they would need 24 votes in the 40-member Senate and it is unclear if they would succeed.
The far-reaching legislation, which the House had passed and governor had promised to sign, would have defined a fetus as a human being, required women to hear the fetal heartbeat prior to undergoing an abortion, forced doctors to warn women that abortions cause breast cancer ? even though scientific studies have disputed the claim. Morris said he was concerned about a provision in the 69-page bill that would have affected the accreditation of the University of Kansas Medical Center because it would have banned state employees, including residents who need the training, from performing abortions.
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn (D) is the latest Democratic leader to follow in President Obama’s footsteps and express his support for marriage equality. Earlier this year when a same-sex marriage bill was introduced in the Illinois, Quinn said he was “not sure” if he supported it. According to his spokeswoman, he now “looks forward to working on this issue in the future with the General Assembly.”
The U.S. House of Representatives voted Thursday to rescind $110 billion in mandated cuts to the Pentagon?s budget by pushing these reductions onto domestic programs like Medicare, Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and other mandatory social programs, which are already facing substantial budget cuts.
Led by House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Republicans approved the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act of 2012, with 16 Republicans defecting on the issue. The new measure further advances the GOP’s contentious revision of billions in cuts to military spending, which were mandated after the congressional debt commission?s super committee failed to agree on where to trim $1.2 trillion from the federal budget. The Republican bill would shift the cuts away from defense instead:
The Republican bill now would leave these $12 billion in cuts from mandatory programs in place ? with the exception of defense. And the real focus of the rewrite is on the appropriations side of the ledger, where the Pentagon faces a $55 billion, or 10 percent, cut.
The House plan would shield the Pentagon from any reduction and, in fact, holds out the promise of an $8 billion increase for defense above the caps set last summer. Domestic programs would also share in some of the protection, but given the cuts already ordered under Ryan?s plan, the sums at stake are far less.
While the measure completely exempts defense cuts, it includes provisions to repeal the Affordable Care Act and takes away about $36 billion from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which the association said would eliminate benefits to about 2 million Americans. Undoubtedly, low-income Americans would be hit the hardest, specifically the long-term unemployed, single-mother households and working-class immigrant families.
Given that the Sequester Replacement Reconciliation Act is expected to die in the Senate, the measure is nothing more than a declaration of partisan principle. It raises the question of precisely what the GOP hopes to gain in the face of this potential legislative deadlock by pushing a budget destined to go no where.
Like Republican presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney, Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finds himself at the center of a big story he claims he can't remember his part in. Where, as Amy Sullivan puts it, "Romney knows for sure he didn't think the guy was gay in the incident he doesn't remember," Scott Walker "[doesn't] remember all of the particulars" of the incident we have on video, in which he told a billionaire donor that taking collective bargaining rights from public workers was "the first step" in a bigger plan, "because you use divide and conquer."
Walker is befuddled by the fact that people want to talk about that old stuff:
Walker said it was interesting that "our opponents want to rehash, replay the debate. I think the vast majority, myself included, want to move on, move forward."Translation: I have an election to win, here. The last thing I need is for people to be reminded that my attacks on public workers were just the first step of a larger plan.
On the subject of free rider legislation, which billionaire Republican Diane Hendricks specifically asked him about in the divide and conquer video, leading to his answer that public workers were "the first step," Walker said:
"I think it is clear what I've learned from the past year, and I feel strongly about is people don't want to go back and replay that debate," he said in Burlington.Translation: I've learned that you win elections by hiding your extremist agenda, and only press policies people will hate afterward. Ask me about that again if I'm still governor in a month.
We have to learn a lesson from the last conversation between Walker and a Republican billionaire, or someone Walker believed to be a Republican billionaire, to be made public. In February, 2011, a phone conversation between Walker and a David Koch imposter found Walker saying "I told my cabinet ... about what we were going to do and how we were going to do it. We'd already kind of built plans up but it was kind of the last hurrah before we dropped the bomb."
Walker's hoping Wisconsin voters will forget that he came into office with plans to drop a bomb, and not wonder what his future bombing plans are. Please give $3 to help Tom Barrett defeat Scott Walker on June 5.
Hiller Armament CompanyThe silhouette on the paper target is faceless. But the hoodie, the Skittles and the iced tea leave nothing to the imagination. This is meant to be Travyon Martin, the unarmed 17-year-old shot to death in February in Sanford, Florida. The unidentified internet merchant told Mike DeForest, a reporter for Orlando television station WKMG, that he sold out the silhouettes in two days. The targets come in packages of 10.
The twisted cretin who had these printed said: "My main motivation was to make money off the controversy." Just business, man. Nothing personal.
Even Mark O'Mara, the attorney for George Zimmerman, the 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer who has been charged with second-degree murder in the shooting, found it disgusting:
"It's this type of hatred -- that's what this is, it's hate-mongering -- that's going to make it more difficult to try this case," said O'Mara.DeForest conducted an email exchange with the merchant who would not say how many of the targets he had sold, only that the response had been "overwhelming." They were still for sale on a firearms auction site when DeForest first contacted him. But when it became clear the station was investigating, the ad on the site was removed. That ad stated the seller believes Zimmerman is innocent and that "he shot a thug." Martin had no criminal record. He was visiting his father in a gated community just a few doors away from where Zimmerman killed him after he returned from a nearby store.
"I hope there is a crime that we can charge that person who made that with. I'm not sure what it is, but we need to come up with one."
The target, made by the Hiller Armament Company, can be seen at this gun blog.
Target shooters often use paper silhouettes for practice and in competition. Some of these are illustrations of generic would-be assailants. A few show real people. The Osama bin Laden target has long been a favorite. But most are simply black silhouettes overlain with concentric rings and numbers with the highest "scores" over the most vulnerable parts of a person's body. These originated in the military and are widely used by police departments in their training.
It's not hard to imagine what buyers of the Trayvon targets say to each other when they're on the firing line. And when they say "fucking coons," they don't mumble.
The fallout from JPMorgan Chase's "Fail Whale" trade (I'm trying to coin this phrase, so help me out, will you?) continues. But there's been a thread in one section of the liberal blogosphere that has confounded me. For some reason, writers are trying[...]
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The Economic Blues BrothersThe Washington Times points out Mitt Romney's campaign staff and policy advisers all seem to have the same thing in common: they worked for George W. Bush. Or, as Mitt Romney's flack puts it:
?Mitt Romney has assembled a diverse group of highly respected policy thinkers,? Ms. Saul said. ?He fields their opinions, evaluates them and ultimately makes his own decisions on policy.?I guess it's just a coincidence that Mitt Romney's own decision always happens to be doubling-down on the the very same conservative policies that led to the economic collapse under George W. Bush. Of course, as Greg Sargent regularly points out, Mitt Romney will never admit that he remembers what happened under Bush. Thanks to that Romnesia, he makes statements like this:
I propose an entirely different course, a new course ? unlike anything of our past.If that's true, it's only because nobody has ever before run a presidential campaign premised on the notion that we need to give another try to the very same policies that crashed the economy just four years earlier. Well, nobody except for John McCain. And Herbert Hoover.
Right-wing media have responded to a Washington Post story detailing Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's alleged bullying of a high school classmate by dismissing Romney's reported bullying as "foolish games" and possibly just an attempt to enforce his school's dress code. However, bullying has destructive consequences for victims, including heightened risks of depression and suicide.
Wash. Post: In High School, Romney Ambushed And Forcibly Clipped The Hair Of A Younger Student. The Washington Post reported:
Mitt Romney returned from a three-week spring break in 1965 to resume his studies as a high school senior at the prestigious Cranbrook School. Back on the handsome campus, studded with Tudor brick buildings and manicured fields, he spotted something he thought did not belong at a school where the boys wore ties and carried briefcases. John Lauber, a soft-spoken new student one year behind Romney, was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality. Now he was walking around the all-boys school with bleached-blond hair that draped over one eye, and Romney wasn't having it.
"He can't look like that. That's wrong. Just look at him!" an incensed Romney told Matthew Friedemann, his close friend in the Stevens Hall dorm, according to Friedemann's recollection. Mitt, the teenage son of Michigan Gov. George Romney, kept complaining about Lauber's look, Friedemann recalled.
A few days later, Friedemann entered Stevens Hall off the school's collegiate quad to find Romney marching out of his own room ahead of a prep school posse shouting about their plan to cut Lauber's hair. Friedemann followed them to a nearby room where they came upon Lauber, tackled him and pinned him to the ground. As Lauber, his eyes filling with tears, screamed for help, Romney repeatedly clipped his hair with a pair of scissors. [The Washington Post, 5/10/12]
CNN's Erickson Dismisses Reported Romney Bullying: "Romney Cut A Hippy's Hair." In a May 10 Red State post, CNN contributor Erick Erickson dismissed the Post's story as "Mitt Romney cut a hippy's hair at his preparatory high school":
Mitt Romney cut a hippy's hair at his preparatory high school. A day after Barack Obama caved on gay marriage, the Washington Post "coincidentally" says Mitt Romney cut the hair of a boy who "was perpetually teased for his nonconformity and presumed homosexuality."
Let's leave out the fact that the kid who got his haircut was subsequently thrown out of school for smoking one cigarette, but we're to believe that the assailants of his hair, witnessed by many, were ignored. Oh, and the guy who got is hair cut never, ever, ever mentioned it, including to family, and died in 2004 so it can't be verified. But a handful of students who now probably support Barack Obama have a crystal clear memory of events from 50 years ago. The people who were adults at the time of the incident and still alive have no memory of it, but remember Romney and said he was never a disciplinary problem. [Red State, 5/10/12]
Limbaugh: 1965 Was "A Great Year; Bullying Was Legal." During the May 10 edition of his radio show, Rush Limbaugh dismissed the Post's story, saying: "You had long hair in 1965, you were gonna get razzed. It didn't matter. They weren't gonna think you were in the Beatles. If you had long hair in 1965, you were gonna get made fun of." Limbaugh added: "See, 1965's a great year; bullying was legal." Limbaugh also blamed a "pro-Obama media" for making this a story. From Limbaugh's show:
LIMBAUGH: This is the campaign. This is exactly -- you've been warned. You knew. You don't need to be warned. You know this kind of stuff's coming. This is what the drive-by media does in conjunction with the Democrat in the White House. When I saw this, I just -- I started laughing.
LIMBAUGH: Now maybe I'm wrong, but I think most people are gonna laugh at this. It's so obvious now -- it is so pathetically transparent what this is. Media ganging up on Romney -- a pro-Obama media ganging up on Romney. 1965 -- probably a stretch to say it had anything to do with the kid being presumed gay. You had long hair in 1965, you were gonna get razzed. It didn't matter.
They weren't gonna think you were in the Beatles. If you had long hair in 1965, you were gonna get made fun of. See, 1965's a great year; bullying was legal. [Premiere Radio Networks, The Rush Limbaugh Show, 5/10/12, via Media Matters]
Fox Graphics On Alleged Romney Bullying: "Foolish Games?"; "Elementary Antics?" During a segment on the May 11 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends about Romney's alleged bullying, the following graphics were aired:
[Fox News, Fox & Friends, 5/11/12]
Breitbart.com: "Was Romney Enforcing Cranbrook's Dress Code?" From a May 10 Breitbart.com post titled "Was Romney Enforcing Cranbrook's Dress Code?":
Mitt Romney's so-called "gay-bashing" incident at high school may have been no more than an officially-sanctioned attempt to enforce the school's dress code, and not any kind of bullying, according to a former Cranbrook student who spoke exclusively to Breitbart News.
Mitt Romney was something of a failed high school athlete, but he had plenty of school spirit and led his prep school in cheers and worked the sideline at football games. It is that school spirit that probably led him to cut the hair of a fellow student in a prank gone wrong -- a prank the Washington Post speculatively suggested was homosexual-bashing.
Cranbrook had a strict code of conduct, including a dress code. Boys at Cranbrook until the 1980s were required to wear a coat and tie. "School spirit meant supreme teamwork," writes Kathryn Bishop Eckert in Cranbrook. "In observation of the dress code and the code of conduct students dressed and behaved as young gentlemen." Even today, Cranbrook Kingswood Upper School maintains a strict dress code relative to other prep schools: jeans are forbidden. On Mondays (so-called Formal Dress Day) boys still wear a dress shirt with a tie and girls have to wear dresses or dressy tops with skirts. This is not uncommon. Many prep schools across the country ban dyed hair, even today.
Clay Matthews, today Cranbrook's director of public relations and communications, noted that it was likely that dyed hair was prohibited from Cranbrook in 1965 under the school's code of contact.
Romney clearly conformed to the dress code, and to the code of conduct. Lauber clearly did not. Unlike Romney, Lauber was known as a nonconformist who walked around campus with bleached-blond hair in what Romney probably correctly saw as a violation of the school's dress code. That Romney did it within the sight of Matthew Friedemann, the school's prefect to whom he complained about Lauber, indicates that Romney thought of himself as merely enforcing the rules (at prep schools in those days, prefects maintained order and discipline, often in exchange for discounted room and board).
The fact that Romney was not disciplined by the administration in the aftermath of the incident is further evidence that Romney was enforcing the dress code overzealously, rather than targeting Lauber for any perceived homosexuality. [Breitbart.com, 5/10/12]
StopBullying.Gov: Kids Who Are Bullied Are More Likely To Experience Depression, Anxiety, And Other Health Problems. From the website StopBullying.gov:
Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical, school, and mental health issues. Kids who are bullied are more likely to experience:
- Depression and anxiety, increased feelings of sadness and loneliness, changes in sleep and eating patterns, and loss of interest in activities they used to enjoy. These issues may persist into adulthood.
- Health complaints
- Decreased academic achievement -- GPA and standardized test scores -- and school participation. They are more likely to miss, skip, or drop out of school.
A very small number of bullied children might retaliate through extremely violent measures. In 12 of 15 school shooting cases in the 1990s, the shooters had a history of being bullied. [StopBullying.gov, accessed 5/11/12]
UCLA Psychologist: Regularly Bullied Students Do Significantly Worse In School. In a 2010 study titled "Bullying Experiences and Compromised Academic Performance Across Middle School Grades," Jaana Juvonen, a UCLA professor of psychology, and then-UCLA psychology graduate students Yueyan Wang and Guadalupe Espinoza, found that "high level of bullying by school mates is consistently related to academic disengagement and poor grades across the 3 years of middle school." From the study:
The current study findings demonstrate robust direct associations between peer victimization and compromised academic performance over time. Our main findings are consistent regardless of whether victimization relied on self-assessments or peer nominations and whether we predicted GPA or teacher-rated academic engagement. In spite of school, gender, and ethnic differences in the academic performance indicators, the results also replicated across 11 large urban middle schools and across both five and six time points. As far as we know, this study is the first one examining the links between bullying experiences and academic performance across this many data points over one entire phase of schooling with a sample of mainly ethnic minority youth in urban settings. We were also able to show that the link between peer maltreatment and compromised academic performance is largely due to individual differences in bullying experiences. This finding suggests that high level of bullying by school mates is consistently related to academic disengagement and poor grades across the 3 years of middle school.
The magnitude or practical significance of the findings is substantial, inasmuch as one point higher mean on self-perceived victimization score on the 4-point scale across the 6 time points predicted .3 reduction in GPA. Projecting this effect on just one of the academic subjects included in the GPA, this means that peer victimization can account for up to an average of 1.5 letter grade decrease in one academic subject (e.g., math) across the 3 years of middle school. Although our correlational findings do not allow us to draw casual conclusions, we believe this finding may be one of the strongest demonstrations of the how social stressors and academic performance indicators are linked in middle school.
The empirical findings documented are especially impressive in light of the high consistency of the academic indicators across the 3 years of middle school. Although there was a general decline in GPA and academic engagement from the first fall to the last spring of middle school, the rank order of the close to 2,000 students remained rather consistent across the 3 years. To be able to show that any social stressor is consistently related to such stable academic indicators suggests that the association is indeed a very robust one. Our findings reveal that students who were generally more bullied were likely to fall into the low range of the rank order, receiving lower grades and engaging less in academic tasks than did other students. [The Journal Of Early Adolescence, "Bullying Experiences and Compromised Academic Performance Across Middle School Grades," September 2010]
Education Development Center Study: Poor "School Performance" Seemed "To Be Correlated With Bullying." In November 2011,The Boston Globe highlighted a study by the Education Development Center that found that poor "school performance" seemed "to be correlated with bullying." From the Boston Globe article:
School performance also appeared to be correlated with bullying: 7.4 percent of students who said they received mostly A's in school experienced bullying in school and online, while 16.1 percent of students who received mostly D's and F's reported both [cyberbullying and school bullying]. [The Boston Globe, 11/17/11]
Campus Pride Survey Author: Bullied Students "Face Increased Risk For Depression, PTSD, And Suicidal Attempts And Ideation." From an October 2010 New York Times article titled "Bullying, Suicide, Punishment":
A survey of more than 5,000 college students, faculty members and staff members who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender published last month by the advocacy group Campus Pride found that nearly one in four reported harassment, almost all related to sexual orientation and gender identity.
Warren J. Blumenfeld, an associate professor of curriculum and instruction at Iowa State University and an author of the Campus Pride study, also conducted a smaller survey of 350 nonheterosexual students between the ages of 11 and 22 and found that about half of the respondents reported being cyberbullied in the 30 days before the survey, and that more than a quarter had suicidal thoughts.
"Those students who are face-to-face bullied, and/or cyberbullied, face increased risk for depression, PTSD, and suicidal attempts and ideation," Professor Blumenfeld said. [The New York Times, 10/2/10]
Medical Journal Study: "Being A Victim" Of Bullying "Appears To Heighten The Risk For Depression, Suicidal Ideation, And Suicide Attempts." From a 2007 study titled "Bullying, Depression, and Suicidality in Adolescents" and published in the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry:
This study found an association between bullying behavior and depression, SSI [serious suicidal ideation], and suicide attempts among high school students. Approximately 9% of the sample reported being frequently victimized, and 13% reported bullying others frequently. These rates are similar to previous reports (Kaltiala-Heino et al., 1999; Nansel et al., 2001).
Depression, SSI, and suicide attempts were significantly associated with victimization and with bullying others both in and away from school. Higher exposures to being victimized or bullying others generally were related to higher risk of depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts, yet infrequent involvement in bullying behavior also was related to increased risk of depression and suicidality, particularly among girls.
Our findings suggest that bullying behavior in and away from high school is a prevalent problem among adolescents. Being a victim or a perpetrator appears to heighten the risk for depression, suicidal ideation, and suicide attempts. Our results emphasize that bullying may be a marker of suicidal behavior and that routine prevention of bullying should be considered part of any suicide prevention strategy. Both bullying behavior away from school and in-school bullying should be scrutinized. Mental health practitioners evaluating suicidal tendencies should consider bullying one of the potential risk factors. Conversely, in evaluations of students involved in bullying behavior, it is important to assess depression and suicidality. [Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, "Bullying, Depression, and Suicidality in Adolescents," January 2007]
Decades Later, The Victim Of Romney's Alleged Bullying Said He Had "Thought About [The Incident] A Lot Since Then." From the Washington Post article:
After the incident, Lauber seemed to disappear. He returned days later with his shortened hair back to its natural brown. He finished the year but ultimately left the school before graduation -- thrown out for smoking a cigarette.
Sometime in the mid-1990s, David Seed noticed a familiar face at the end of a bar at Chicago O'Hare International Airport.
"Hey, you're John Lauber," Seed recalled saying at the start of a brief conversation. Seed, also among those who witnessed the Romney-led incident, had gone on to a career as a teacher and principal. Now he had something to get off his chest.
"I'm sorry that I didn't do more to help in the situation," he said.
Lauber paused, then responded, "It was horrible." He went on to explain how frightened he was during the incident, and acknowledged to Seed, "It's something I have thought about a lot since then." [The Washington Post, 5/10/12]
StopBullying.gov: Dismissing Bullying As "Kids Being Kids" Leads To "Higher Levels Of Bullying." Citing a study on bullying in schools, a StopBullying.gov document states: "When adults in the school system ignore bullying or feel that bullying is just 'kids being kids,' then higher levels of bullying will exist." [StopBullying.gov, accessed 5/11/12]