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News Series Entry: Pushed Around

Written by Tim Lambert, witf Multimedia News Director | Jan 18, 2014 1:09 PM

In the spring of 2013, witf launched Pushed Around, a comprehensive, multimedia project on the issue of bullying. The initiative utilized a broad approach to the topic, covering not just bullying in schools, but also online and in the workplace. It focused on signs of bullying, approaches for stopping bullying, the psychology behind bullying, and personal stories of local people impacted by bullying, among other topics.

The broadcast portion included the following four stories:

Story 1:

A 17-year-old senior at Hanover Senior High School still remembers the pain of continually being targeted for bullying in the sixth grade.  Things were so bad, Zachary Terrazas had thoughts about suicide. His strong interest in musical theatre gave him the idea to take his negative experience in being bullied and turn it into something positive by creating a musical based on the theme of bullying.

The Victim tells the story of Claire, a high school girl who is the main target for the female bully, Missy.

witf's Cary Burkett reports on a staged version presented at his school.

Story 2:

Cases of cyberbullying among teenagers and bullying at school are gaining more attention these days.

But, bullying doesn’t necessarily end when students graduate from high school or college.

As part of our multimedia, Pushed Around project, witf’s Megan Lello takes a look at workplace bullying:

Story 3:

When the issue of bullying is discussed, what's often overlooked is what makes a bully.   witf's Craig Layne reports.


Story 4

The previous report was paired with another report from witf's  Craig Layne, which looked at an initiative at McCaskey High School in Lancaster that aims to head off disputes and keeping fights or bullying incidents from escalating.

The  school's Peer Mediation program uses specially trained students known as peer mediators to help lead classmates in conflict through a process where they can talk out their disagreements without violence.

Story 5:

Bullying used to be something that was a face-to-face confrontation. These days, it's extended into online barrages of tweets, Facebook posts and websites.

This new arena for bullying is one that kids have inhabited, while most parents know very little about it. Citing the possibility to bully anonymously online, "Submit the Documentary" reveals not only are more kids likely to participate in bullying when they can remain anonymous, but in fact the depth and breadth of the bullying increases dramatically.

witf's Joe Ulrich has a preview.

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