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October 14th, 2011
01:30 PM ET

A father's mission to end bullying

Kirk Smalley has lived every parent's worst nightmare. His 11-year-old son Ty committed suicide in 2010 after being bullied in school for over a year. Ever since, Kirk has made it his life mission to end bullying. He's started an anti-bullying non-profit and participated in President Obama's bullying summit earlier this year. Kirk has also traveled extensively around the country, sharing his story at 210 schools.

Smalley spoke to Carol Costello this morning about his anti-bullying efforts and explains how any kid or adult can work to end bullying.

Filed under: Bullying • In Depth
October 13th, 2011
12:24 PM ET

Sesame Street tackles bullying issue – Big Bird and Blue Jay stop by AM to discuss

All week, we're going in depth on bullying. Next week Sesame Street will introduce a storyline about bullying, explaining what it means to be bullied and what children can do to prevent it or how to help if they see someone being tormented.

Big Bird, Elmo, Abby and the rest of the Sesame Street gang address the important issue of bullying in a special episode, "The Good Birds Club," airing on PBS October 17 (check your local listings). They will be the first pre-school show to address the topic of bullying.

Big Bird and his new friend Blue Jay stop by American Morning with Rosemarie Truglio, vice president of education and research for Sesame Street, to talk about how parents and kids can stop bullying.

For more information on Sesame Street's efforts to combat bullying, visit

Filed under: Bullying
October 12th, 2011
01:31 PM ET

In Depth: Man's best friend looks to take a bite out of bullying

They say that compassion and empathy are the keys to combating bullies.  If that's the case, what better weapon to fight them than man's best friend? 

Under the unique "Mutt-i-grees" Curriculum, dogs are used to help kids learn to stand up for themselves – and for others.

This morning on American Morning, Misty Ginicola, a representative of the "Mutt-I-Grees" curriculum, joins Christine Romans on American Morning with Maya Gant and Mike Lazarre, two student participants in the program at the Saint Martin de Porres Academy in Connecticut. They were also joined by Penny, one of the curriculum's dog participants, to help explain why the program is so effective.

For more information on the program, visit the North Shore Animal League's Mutt-i-grees page.

Filed under: Bullying
October 11th, 2011
11:05 AM ET

In Depth: How can the bullying epidemic be addressed in our nation's schools?

The Journal of the American Medical Association reports that more than 160,000 students skip school every day because they fear being bullied by other students. What can be done to tackle the problem of bullying in our nation's schools?

Today on American Morning, Christine Romans speaks to We will speak with an anti-bullying and youth leadership coach, known by fans as "Mr. Mojo". He is on a crusade to combat bullies by leading a national NO BULLYING TOUR. Mr. Mojo has recently garnered star support from the actor Jamie Foxx, whose daughter Corinne organized Anti-Bullying Week at her L.A. school and brought in Brown to be the keynote speaker on October 5.

Filed under: Bullying • In Depth
October 10th, 2011
05:53 PM ET

In Depth: One writer talks about reconciling with her childhood bully

American Morning is taking an In Depth look this week at bullying. Kids are suffering in school everyday because of bully behavior, but what can be done to stop it? Some bullying victims felt that writing their experiences could help, and 70 authors recounted their days of being bullied in a new book called "Dear Bully: Seventy authors tell their stories". 

Writer Janni Lee Simner shares her personal story of reconnecting with a bully from her childhood and why she says its important for kids to be 'peace bringers' into schools.

Filed under: Bullying • In Depth
June 2nd, 2011
11:16 AM ET

Why "Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth"

Within the past year, stories about bullying have dominated headlines, reminding Americans about the persistence of stereotyping and exclusion in schools.

Alexandra Robbins’s new book, “The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth,” examines the treatment of teenage outsiders, concluding that much of what many people think about “popularity” in schools is false. Robbins joins the AM anchors this morning to discuss her Quirk Theory, which suggests that many of the differences that cause a student to be excluded in school are the same traits or skills that others will value, respect, or find compelling about that person in adulthood.

Filed under: Bullying
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