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Pleasanton council proclaims October as Bullying Prevention Month

Also urges everyone to wear orange Oct. 19 for citywide Unity Day

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday proclaimed October as National Bullying Prevention Month, and also proclaimed October 19 as a citywide Unity Day, asking everyone to wear orange in support of kindness and inclusion.

“Nationally, one out of every four students reports being bullied during the school year,” said Becky Hopkins, interim assistant to the Pleasanton City Manager.

She added that "57% of the time, bullying will stop if a peer intervenes on behalf of the student who is being bullied.”

Taylor Sowers and Kate Inman, members of the city's Youth Commission, joined Hopkins at the council meeting to urge the adoptiong of the anti-bullying proclamation.

Bullying has taken center stage in the national spotlight and several states, including California, which has enacted strong anti-bullying legislation.

In addition to the proclamation designed to raise awareness about the negative impacts of bullying and the need to stand united against it, the city, through its Community Education Series, will be hosting a free workshop focusing on cyberbullying and how to help teens navigate social media.

Other ways in which communities and individuals can get involved include: changing your profile picture to the Pleasanton Unites Against Bullying logo, which can be downloaded by visiting the Unity Day page at http://ptownlife.org website, using the #UnityDay2016 and #PTownUnites2016 hashtags to join the conversation and add your voice to unite against bullying.

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Posted by What about Reverse Bullying
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 5, 2016 at 3:09 pm

What about Reverse Bullying is a registered user.

I wish I could feel convinced that this will also address "reverse bullying" of those that have views or lifestyles contrary to those of the Elite.

What about bullying of those who do not wish to be coerced into condoning "inclusion" of lifestyles that they view as harmful? Oh, I forgot, those people are "phobes" and should be driven out of society or back into some kind of closet.

Long live political correctness!!! Sieg Heil!!!


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Posted by huh?
a resident of Birdland
on Oct 5, 2016 at 4:16 pm

@What about Reverse Bullying, so it sounds like what you are saying is if you consider the lifestyle of somebody else to be harmful, you are allowed to bully that person? You seem like a scary person.


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Posted by Nan
a resident of Rosewood
on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:22 am

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I do hope the anti-bullying proclamation extends to campaigning. The Mayor's campaign manager, Michaela Hertle, was seen and heard yelling at the "Yes on MM" lady last week at the Farmers' Market. The Mayor was there.

This behavior should not be exhibited in our campaigns. Let's step back and think of kindness within our community as this article stares.


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Posted by Ben
a resident of Country Fair
on Oct 6, 2016 at 10:31 am

Agree! Let's have peaceful, respectful campaigns. There is no place for bullying as stated by Nan above.


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Posted by What about Reverse Bullying
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 7, 2016 at 2:11 pm

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@huh: Thank you for your Reverse Bullying.

You made my point even better than I could have, and you also provided me with bonus words that I did not even say.

I will go back in my closet as you have ordered.


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Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Oct 7, 2016 at 3:01 pm

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Jeb, was there any indication that the city worked with the school district regarding the resolution? It seems this could have been a joint proclamation or coordinated with events to occur at the schools with students.


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 7, 2016 at 3:51 pm

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We also need to bolster individual confidence as well. Bullying is wrong, but not teaching kids to have a backbone is also setting them up for failure.

Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.

Key word is "will" vs "cant". Words can hurt, but we let them


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Posted by BobB
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Oct 8, 2016 at 9:18 am

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@"What about Reverse Bullying",

I have no idea what you mean by "Reverse Bullying". Someone who bullies then bullies in "reverse"? Can you please give a concrete example?


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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 8, 2016 at 9:27 am

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Agreed, it's likeep "reverse racism". By calling it something different we allow it to have a different level of importance and in many cases that means it's a lessor concern. Totally wrong approach


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 8, 2016 at 2:07 pm

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Well, Trump is nationally recognized as a bully. The report in the Washington Post, with his boasting of groping women, would get him arrested in California and would have to register as a sex offender if convicted. When Trump is taken to task for his short comings, he immediately attacks that person calling attention to his short comings.


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 8, 2016 at 2:21 pm

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[Removed because it is off topic.]


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 8, 2016 at 2:37 pm

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[Post removed because it was off topic. The topic is about October as National Bullying Prevention Month, and also proclaimed October 19 as a citywide Unity Day, with the City Council asking everyone to wear orange in support of kindness and inclusion. This forum is not intended to be an ongoing conversation between two or three people.]


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Posted by Alisa
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

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Posted by Alisa
a resident of Parkside
on Oct 8, 2016 at 2:54 pm

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Gina, is talking about bullying off the topic? That is the topic. Will you continue to delete? Can only those you chose blog?


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Gina,
Thank you for giving me an explanation. Did Michael Austin's blog about Trump qualify under the criteria.


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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Oct 8, 2016 at 3:00 pm

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Bullying is not off topic. Trying to incite other bloggers into an argument is not acceptable behavior.
This is why I remove comments and close topics.

Good conversation is fine - I don't care if you are Yes on MM or No on MM, Pro-growth - slow growth.

I don't want to spend my time refereeing arguments between posters or defending my decisions trying to keep the threads on topic and civil.


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 8, 2016 at 3:08 pm

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I am making a statement to all. I believe blogging bullying is wrong. It is not respectful, it is not inclusive. It is not kind. I will wear orange on October 19.


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Posted by Gina Channell-Allen
president of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Oct 8, 2016 at 3:16 pm

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I agree Lisa. All kinds of bullying is wrong, including cyber bullying.

I would like to see a discussion on this forum or anywhere in our city about how to stop bullying of all kinds. It has always been an interest of mine to start a speakers series, or something similar, to discuss issues like this. We have other topics such as suicide, race relations, human trafficking .... these are topics that affect us not only in Pleasanton but are issues of national concern.

Maybe after the election.


Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows

on Oct 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

Due to repeated violations of our Terms of Use, comments from this poster are automatically removed. Why?


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Posted by Lisa S.
a resident of Stoneridge
on Oct 8, 2016 at 3:57 pm

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Gina,
I appreciate your comments. I find your forum and blogs very useful to discuss opinions; and often very educational. It is a shame when bullying and personal attacks occur. This dimishes the value, and can be mean and disrespectful. It also can be hurtful to some, who just simply stop. I know people who have been intimidated and hurt.

It is a wonderful topic as you suggest for future discussions. My hope is that no matter which side you are on Yes MM; No Mm; or which candidate(s) you back-- that bullying and personal attacks stop. We can be respectful of one another, even if we don't agree.


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Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 8, 2016 at 4:26 pm

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Bullying usually escalates into violent confrontation among adults.
The two Raiders fans now in jail, for beating a Baltimore fan into a comatose state. The Giants fan four years ago, nearly beaten to death following a Dodgers and Giants game.


Posted by Name hidden
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows

on Oct 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm

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Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Oct 8, 2016 at 8:11 pm

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I feel bullied by transgender acceptance groups, parcel tax supporters, and all unions.


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