Posts Tagged ‘Michelle Molina’

Denouncing bullying in schools

Posted: Nov 4, 2011 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

By Francisco Castro, Los Angeles y Noticias 10:25 AM, Oct. 28, 2011

A student from Bell High School is recovering at the hospital after attempting suicide. Reason: “the constant bullying” the student suffered, said Hop Tarrant, a counselor with Gay and Straight Alliance (GSA), a school-based group the student belonged to.

Apparently the student had been transferred to this school because he had been the victim of the same bullying and intimidation in his old school.

October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the case of the Bell student shows the reality faced by students across the country, where appearance, sexual orientation, religion or ethnic origin can make anyone a target of intimidation, harassment, threats and even aggression by other students. It’s known as “bullying,” and “bullies”.

Expert Available for Bullying Prevention Month

Posted: Oct 11, 2011 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

Bullying Prevention Expert Offers Solutions to Reduce Bullying and Build Safe Communities

–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PeaceBuilders:

Michelle Molina, President and CEO of bullying prevention program PeaceBuilders, is available for interviews for October 2011 National Bullying Prevention Month. Michelle brings more than a decade of experience with school-aged children through her past service as a teacher and school administrator. The PeaceBuilders program is a science-based, violence prevention curriculum and professional development program that creates peaceful learning environments to approximately 1,300 schools and youth support providers in 42 states across the nation. Every day, half a million California youth start the day by reciting the PeaceBuilders pledge. It is endorsed by the White House, U.S. Departments of Education and Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Centers for Disease Control.

Harris Interactive Poll: Bullies are top worry for parents and youth

Posted: Sep 12, 2011 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

Bullying more threatening than illegal drugs, sex and gangs

Long Beach, Calif. (September 7, 2011) – Despite recent efforts by legislators and school districts to ensure students are protected from bullies, an online survey conducted by Harris Interactive on behalf of PeaceBuilders found that parents and children worry more about the dangers of bullies than illegal drug use and believe there should be more resources available to students who experience bullying in schools.
“It seems like there is no way to stop bullies,” said Tessa McClintock a seventh grader from Long Beach. “When kids join Facebook parents are mostly worried about online predators but what happens more often than not is that we are bullied by other kids. They tell us at school to ‘tell an adult’ about bullying, but if we do that it can get even worse. Maybe teachers don’t know what to do either.”

PeaceBuilders and California Legislators Keep Kids Safe from Bullying

Posted: Aug 15, 2011 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

Bills Will Reduce Bullying and Build Safe Communities

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Recent cases of bullying and an alarming increase in related suicides have prompted California legislators to introduce bills that will protect children from bullying behavior. PeaceBuilders – a bullying prevention program shown to reduce violence and aggressive behavior while increasing positive, peaceful behavior – has been working with legislators in support of bullying prevention policies.

“We know that children have had irreversible emotional harm caused by bullying,” said Michelle Molina, PeaceBuilders’ President and CEO. “These bills will take bullying out of the shadows and prevent children from falling victim of these harmful situations. We know that the children in schools that use PeaceBuilders feel safer and report fewer incidents of bullying and other violent behavior, allowing them to focus on learning.”

PeaceBuilders supports legislation that will strengthen California’s current laws and implement new ones to ensure that schools are safe environments where students can learn. The three bills are:

PeaceBuilders Applauds Governor Brown for Signing Cyber Bullying Prevention Law

Posted: Jul 13, 2011 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

New law addresses rising popularity and misuse of social media

SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Michelle Molina, President of PeaceBuilders, Inc., which serves nearly a half a million children in California, released the following statement in response to Governor Jerry Brown’s signing of AB 746, Cyber Bullying Prevention bill. The bill was authored by Assemblymember Nora Campos (D-San Jose).

“PeaceBuilders applauds Governor Jerry Brown signing AB 746 (Campos) into California law which will allow for teachers and administrators to suspend students who bully electronically, such as through social media.

“We know that children have had irreversible emotional harm – and in some cases even committed suicide – as a result of cyber bullying. This is a step in the right direction. The nature of bullying has changed and is no longer confined to the school yard. Children are bullied online where parents and teachers often do not see it until it is too late. This bill will bring bullying out of the shadows and ensure children have the safe learning environments they deserve.”

For further information about Michelle Molina or PeaceBuilders, please contact Julia Spiess at or (916) 658-0144.

PeaceBuilders is a science based, research validated inclusive school-climate program that creates peaceful learning environments. Founded in 1992 the program has been implemented in thousands of schools nationwide. The PeaceBuilders goal is simple, yet momentous – to ensure all schools will become peaceful learning environments where everyone learns, acquires and practices the skills to ensure positive and respectful behaviors in order for all students to achieve academic, as well as personal and interpersonal success. For more information on PeaceBuilders and PeacePartners, please visit

Students Call on Lawmakers to Help Prevent Bullying and Save Lives

Posted: Mar 25, 2011 | Posted by Kassy Perry | No Comments

Assembly Resolution declares school bullying a significant statewide problem

Sacramento, Calif. (March 25, 2011) – Elementary school students, their parents, a counselor and principal traveled from San Diego to the State Capitol today hoping to save lives by supporting legislative bullying prevention efforts. The delegation was at the Capitol to challenge the legislature to implement character education programs in schools statewide to put a permanent stop to bullying.  In recognition of the alarming number of bullying incidents and suicides reported recently, Assembly Member Ben Hueso (D-79) presented ACR 22, a resolution that in partnership with AB 630 will establish programs that educate and train school teachers and administrators to identify and deal with bullying.

El Toyon Elementary School implemented PeaceBuilders into the curriculum for students, teachers and parents. PeaceBuilders is an inclusive bullying prevention program that creates peaceful learning environments to proactively eliminate bullying by using a research-validated character education program with specific actions and activities that make bullying very difficult.