Monday, May 20 2013 10:29 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:29:03 GMT
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday. Burlington police say, inMore >>
Now more than a month after the Boston Bombings, Burlington police are giving us a glimpse at their plans and the changes they've made for the Vermont City Marathon on Sunday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:53 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:53:56 GMT
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser. He has started a online campaign to raise money for the One Fund Boston, whichMore >>
Burlington City Councilor Vince Brennan will be running in the Vermont City Marathon and is also using it as a fundraiser.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 9:08 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:08:20 GMT
On a quiet, Morristown, Vermont street, police say a neighborhood feud went too far. The owner of 80 George Street says he and the people in 75 never got along. "Ever since they moved in, they've justMore >>
We're beginning to learn more about a feud between neighbors that almost turned deadly. Four people have been arrested, two charged with attempted murder.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:12 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:12:36 GMT
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today. The 22 year old from Newport, Adam page pleaded not guilty to allMore >>
He could spend 15 years in prison, for taking a joy ride on a school bus. The man accused of taking the wild ride faced a judge today.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 7:01 PM EDT2013-05-20 23:01:55 GMT
Call it death with dignity or physician assisted suicide, Monday Vermont became the first state to pass legislation, and the fourth state in total, allowing the hotly debated end of life choice. "I thankMore >>
How hospitals can develop protocols for the new law and whether or not they can in the first place.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 6:48 PM EDT2013-05-20 22:48:44 GMT
Vermont governor Peter Shumlin signed the so-called "death with dignity bill" into law. But at the end of a long battle Vermonters now have a choice about ending their life given specific circumstances.More >>
There are limitations to using the new patient end of life choice.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 3:24 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:24:58 GMT
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.Police say the fire was set to a residence that was occupied by 4 adults and 2 childrenMore >>
Last week, the Morristown Police Department investigated an intentionally set fire on George Street in Morristown, Vt.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 2:00 PM EDT2013-05-20 18:00:22 GMT
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday. A press release says various law enforcement from multiple agencies at the federal, state,More >>
The Burlington Police Department released security information for the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon Monday.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 1:27 PM EDT2013-05-20 17:27:55 GMT
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.A press release says the agreement includes the development ofMore >>
Green Mountain Power and NRG Residential Solar Solutions have signed an agreement to pilot a central solar lease program in Rutland, Vt.More >>
BERLIN, Vt. -
It's an age old problem that doesn't have a concrete solution... bullying. But a group of educators and activists is trying to find the answer. They met today in the first of several meetings and while no one seems to be able to put a stop to the growing bullying problem in schools, this group sure has a lot of ideas.
The painful truth is children are taking their own lives, because they're bullied to their breaking points. So the harassment, hazing and bullying prevention council formed with an urgency to find solutions.
"If children don't feel safe, respected and comfortable in school that will be an impediment to learning," Armando Vilaseca, the Department of Education Commissioner said.
Ideas were tossed around the room, with the hope that they'll be implemented in schools. Right now, the council can only make suggestions. "It doesn't mean that things, ideas, recommendations that come from this committee can't be brought to legislators," Commissioner Vilaseca said.
The education advocates think schools need a better support system for victims of bullying -and the perpetrators. More ideas: increase supervision outside the classroom, involve parents in the conversation, and when physical or verbal abuse is reported, give teachers the tools to take action.
"I told the teacher and nothing happened, the teacher didn't do anything... we should not be hearing that at all," Henri Sparks said, from the Burlington School District.
After much discussion and prioritizing that list, the council wants to look further into training for everyone, student leadership and then also collecting data that they also put to use.
"We don't want this to be a nice document that gets put on the shelf," Vilaseca said.
Members of the council say the message of tolerance could be the first step in preventing bullying. "If you do not want this to happen to you, you also have to not do it," Saben Littlefield from Outright Vermont said.
A summary of this meeting will be written up and issued to every school in the state. There will be another meeting in October.
Bullying Prevention Council is Full of IdeasMore>>