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Posted: Thursday, April 26, 2012 11:45 pm

LIHU‘E — Kaua‘i County Council on Wednesday unanimously passed a resolution to encourage schools to adopt anti-bullying policies and regulations.

“This item was initiated by Councilmember Rapozo in response to the death by suicide of a young man in Waimea,” said Councilman KipuKai Kuali‘i, who co-introduced the resolution with Rapozo.

“School bullying, harassment and intimidation can directly affect a student’s health and well-being and thus contribute to excess absences from school, physical sickness, mental and emotional anguish, and long-term social and mental illness,” Kuali‘i said.

Rapozo said the resolution may not stop bullying right away, but will raise awareness for those who can take care of the problem.

“It’s not part of growing up; it shouldn’t be part of growing up,” Rapozo said of being bullied, adding that he knows what it is like to have to hide in school to avoid being beaten. “I personally was bullied my whole eighth-grade year in Waipahu High School.”

D.Q. Jackson, executive director at Malama Pono Health Services, said, “Youth suicide is just intolerable to us, specially when it deals with young people who don’t feel quite the same as all the other kids, and this bullying had been quite a problem and concern for us.”

Jackson said Malama Pono and YWCA has been working closely together in securing grants to promote programs to stop bullying.

YWCA Executive Director Renee Hamilton said she is aware bullying happens everyday at schools. YWCA and Malama Pono have been conducting youth programs at Kaua‘i’s schools to teach students how to treat each other with respect.

William Arakaki, Kaua‘i superintendent for the state Department of Education, has been “very generous and very supportive” of the YWCA’s efforts, Hamilton said.

With the help of Arakaki, YWCA has been able to promote dialogue with parents, teacher and students about the subject, and also formed gay-straight alliance clubs in two Kaua‘i schools, bringing together students of different sexual orientations, she said.

“When we have clubs like this, it really does bring down the incidences of bullying across the board,” Hamilton said. “The research is there. It’s been proven.”

Council Vice Chair JoAnn Yukimura called bullying “sad” and “anti-aloha.” She thanked Rapozo and Kuali‘i for introducing the resolution.

“We need to know everybody needs to kokua to make this place the best it can be,” Council Chair Jay Furfaro said.

“We got to share aloha,” said Councilman Dickie Chang, adding that stopping bullying is everybody’s responsibility. The entire state, he said, will be hearing about the Kaua‘i resolution.

Council members Tim Bynum and Nadine Nakamura also supported the resolution and thanked Rapozo and Kuali‘i for introducing it.

• Léo Azambuja, staff writer, can be reached at 245-3681 (ext. 252) or lazambuja@ thegardenisland.com.

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15 comments:

  • wheeulz posted at 8:39 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    wheeulz Posts: 2420

    I think Gilgamesh and bjduks share the same toilet.

    And the same toothbrush.

    And the same bed.

    And the same typing fingers.

     
  • MichaelMann posted at 7:57 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    MichaelMann Posts: 545

    [quote]INSANITY! We are becoming a NAZIFIED Germany & it's happening right before our eyes..[/quote]


    Do you have ANY idea what was going on in Nazi Germany? How does a bill on bullying have anything to do with the Nazi movement?

    [quote]Our President is the wolf in sheeps clothing leading all you other sheep to a place you really don't want to go but you are to ignorant to see this...[/quote]


    This was the real reason for your post. Yet another lame slam of the President.

    [quote]This law is a joke, along with the no talking on your cell phone & on & on,[/quote]

    There is no law banning you from talking on your cell phone, Einstein. You are the joke here.

    [quote]Pretty soon they will start to regulate how much paper we use to wipe our butts...[/quote]

    That ASSumes you actually wipe or use paper to do so. I have my doubts.

    [quote]This county has gone INSANE..[/quote]


    Perhaps they'll fling their poo around as you do.

    [quote]I think Gil[/quote]


    Not from what I see.

     
  • payback posted at 7:46 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    payback Posts: 1730

    Calling me names won’t put a spine down your back CouldBe808, and to Buttjo I am married to a strong woman who laughs in female bullies faces even though she is smaller. They are quite skilled in martial arts where she comes from. I detest bullies of ALL types, your is due to the fact that you bully girls for being too nice, too pretty or just plain too easy to push around. Yes you hate me, I’m the one who sued your cowardly a$$es on their behalf. Leave people alone and too bad you don’t like the truth but what coward does? BTW I even taped you in action.

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 3:27 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5801

    CouldBe808 said: "wow payback. Really? Women aren't the only people who commit suicide due to other people being mean, not all women are cowards, AND men are cowards too. You are a Moron."

    I'm sure I'll be accused of being partial to a woman's voice. I don't think PAYBABY is a 'moron', but he certainly has a problem with 'women'. What do you suppose happened in his life?

    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 3:23 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5801

    [quote]Bullwinkle said: "The heck with the nose, aim for the throat, its soft, has no teeth to cut your hand, if you can't breathe you can't fight!

    JUNIOR, have you been drinking? Nothing you're saying is making sense.

    I think most of you don't know how to deal with strong 'women'. or strong people for that matter.

    Peace and love Bettejo Dux

     
  • onegeaeme posted at 3:19 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    onegeaeme Posts: 5801

    payback said: "Studies suggest the subject of FEMALE bullies is never brought up because it flies in the face of their “women don’t make war.” what a joke. They can all talk tough to men but watch how they cower & even join a female bully out of fear of being the next victim. I have yet to see a woman stand up to a female bully, most women are terrified of each other, so I’m not impressed with any “rules” they will never enforce on each other. Bullying on the job site, companies that allow hostile work environments will only stop with enough law suits from the EEOC, not from management showing backbone.Shame on you women, big cowards, all big talk while your own bullies know they have you on their knees.

    Good grief, PAYBABY. Who done this to you? Nuns? You seem to have a terrible time with females. Maybe you never met a woman. I'm a strong woman, PAYBABY. I'm not am joiner & do not cower.

    I stand on my on my two feet, PAYBACK & you despise me for this.

    Peace and love Bettejo

     
  • Flipper_Purify posted at 2:42 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    Flipper_Purify Posts: 74

    Great, the YWCA and Malama Pono are advocating to criminalize youth? I thought they were progressive organizations, but I digress...

    And why exactly does the council waste time on a resolution when Hawaii already has an anti-bullying law? http://damontucker.com/2011/11/19/hawaii-anti-bullying-bill-becomes-law/

     
  • CouldBe808 posted at 1:37 pm on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    CouldBe808 Posts: 126

    wow payback. Really? Women aren't the only people who commit suicide due to other people being mean, not all women are cowards, AND men are cowards too. You are a Moron.

     
  • Bullwinkle posted at 11:05 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    Bullwinkle Posts: 348

    Duh!
    The heck with the nose, aim for the throat, its soft, has no teeth to cut your hand, if you can't breathe you can't fight!
    Duh!

     
  • flaggster posted at 10:20 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    flaggster Posts: 224

    Gay/straight alliance??? What in the world am I missing? Note to those being bullied: swing hard and fast straight to the bully's nose. It will heal but the memory of the pain and shame will remain. Sometimes, that's the only 'message' the bully will hear. Parents need to be held accountable depending on the age of the bully child.

     
  • GILGAMESH posted at 10:13 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    GILGAMESH Posts: 119

    INSANITY! We are becoming a NAZIFIED Germany & it's happening right before our eyes..Our President is the wolf in sheeps clothing leading all you other sheep to a place you really don't want to go but you are to ignorant to see this...This law is a joke, along with the no talking on your cell phone & on & on, Pretty soon they will start to regulate how much paper we use to wipe our butts...This county has gone INSANE..I think Gil

     
  • ZeroSeven posted at 9:58 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    ZeroSeven Posts: 72

    Reasons for bullying are many. Making it a crime will not solve anything. More laws! Examining the "home situation" will be the key to knowing why the bullying.

    Kids pick up "attitude" from where? This is a social issue not a criminal issue.

     
  • payback posted at 8:57 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    payback Posts: 1730

    Studies suggest that the reason the subject of FEMALE bullies is never brought up is because it flies in the face of their “women don’t make war.” what a joke. They can all talk tough to men but watch how they cower and even join a female bully out of fear of being the next victim. I have yet to see a woman stand up to a female bully, most women are terrified of each other, so I’m not impressed with any “rules” they will never enforce on each other. Bullying on the job site, companies that allow hostile work environments will only stop with enough law suits from the EEOC, not from management showing any backbone.

    Shame on you women, big cowards, all big talk while your own bullies know they have you on their knees.

     
  • snowhula posted at 7:17 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    snowhula Posts: 9

    It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion. (Dean Inge)
    All the laws in the world mean nothing to those whose worldview is that of a scofflaw. Kids who bully generally have parents who bully or just don't give a rat's... therefore, they'll ignore any rule until forced to comply, and then will work to subvert the compliance. Human nature: outlaws is outlaws.

     
  • bjduks posted at 5:23 am on Fri, Apr 27, 2012.

    bjduks Posts: 1254

    ??? Is this some kine joke? IFn KPD won't enforce the laws for Illegal vehicles because their family members are the culprits,what make us think that with all of the nepotism on our island that this law will ever be enforced? This Island is entrenched with the good ol boi system? Are we Fools to think it will be enforced? Hope against hope,like the community organizer promised hope&change that never came,buisness as usual,jes different faces is all!

     

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