Beginning tonight, Anderson Cooper 360° will air a week-long series shedding new light into the world of bullies, “uncovering counter-intuitive information about what motivates kids’ aggression,” according to CNN. The network has teamed up with Facebook, Cartoon Network and Time Inc. for a special multi-platform effort aimed at taking a stand to help stop the bullying crisis. Last night, AC 360° aired a town hall hosted at Rutgers, one year after Rutgers freshman Tyler Clementi committed suicide as a result of cyberbullying by his roommate. ”Bullying: It Stops Here” will re-air Friday, October 14th at 8 and 10 pm.
Cooper, in partnership with University of California sociologist Dr. Robert Faris, conducted a six-month long pilot study that provides new insight about why kids bully each other and how parents and educators can more effectively stop the problem. The investigation, involving over 700 junior and high school students, explores the complex social dynamic of bullying, and reveals how certain students hold the key to curtailing the violence.
Anderson Cooper has been committed to fighting bullying for quite some time now, most recently speaking out about the suicide of Buffalo teen Jamey Rodemeyer. Jamey’s sister Alyssa spoke to Cooper recently about finding her brother hanging in their backyard and about how her brother’s bullies shouted “We’re glad you’re dead!” at a homecoming dance just days after he took his own life.
Tragic, touching and brave. Let’s hope Anderson’s continued coverage of the subject will make a difference for kids like Tyler, Jamey and so many others who are bullied every day at school.