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Preventing bullying at Noble Middle School

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Bullying is a serious problem at schools across the country. It can cause kids physical and mental harm; that’s why Noble Middle School is dedicating this week to preventing bullying in the classroom.

Seventh grader Alex Barnhill knows what it’s like to be bullied. “They started pulling my arms back like that and it really hurt, and then they started name-calling. They ripped my bag, a few weeks ago, they ripped the arms off, and I didn’t tell a parent or an adult because I was scared. And i started to cry, that one time, I had been holding it in for so long, I started to cry. And they tried to say I won’t do it again, I won’t do it again, and I said I don’t believe you.”

Every year around this time, Noble Middle School has Noble Against Bullying Week. Students watch educational videos and participate in class discussions to teach them the importance of standing up and speaking out against bullying.

“Our job as educators isn’t just to teach reading, writing, arithmetic, we’re teaching these kids how to be good people, good citizens,” said seventh grade teacher Lissa Dowcett.

Students say the most common places they see bullying is places where teachers aren’t around, like on the school bus.

“We hope that our students will learn that it’s really important to speak out against bullying, we want everyone to come to school and feel safe and feel like people are going to be treated with respect,” said counselor Amanda Royster.

Alex Barnhill says she finally stopped getting bullied when a friend spoke up. She wishes something had been done sooner. “I know somebody had told, because I know the person, and I’m really thankful for that person.”

Many other schools also dedicate a week to bullying education and prevention. They do so during National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, which takes place in October.

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videoBullying is a serious problem at schools across the country. It can cause kids physical and mental harm; that’s why Noble Middle School is dedicating this week to preventing bullying in the classroom.

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Northwest Police Department looking for Jabar Ballard

Monday, November 16th, 2009

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Northwest police need your help finding a man wanted for holding his relatives hostage, and demanding money.

Jabar Ballard is wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault, and second degree kidnapping.

Ballard allegedly held his cousin, and the cousin’s son at gunpoint, around 6:00 Sunday morning at a home in Northwest. He was last seen driving a black 2005 Infiniti with North Carolina plate YZA-4696.

Ballard is considered armed and dangerous.

If you see him, or know where he is, call the Northwest Police Department at 655-3300 or the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Northwest police need your help finding a man wanted for holding his relatives hostage, and demanding money.

Jabar Ballard is wanted for robbery with a dangerous weapon, assault, and second degree kidnapping.

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Wilmington merchants fear utility, street work will hurt business

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Construction on North Front Street couldn’t come at a worse time for Eric Rylander, owner of Fat Tony’s Italian Pub and two other downtown establishments.

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New Hanover sheriff fires deputy charged with hitting estranged wife

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Dave ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Leland police are searching for a New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy who is accused of assaulting his estranged wife Sunday.

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Official: NC offshore oil potential is overstated

Monday, November 16th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.Mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Some officials have floated the idea of using royalties from offshore oil and gas drilling to help fund coastal projects, such as beach nourishment and dredging, since political and financial support in Raleigh and Washington can often shift like the sand.

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