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Nick News with Linda Ellerbee: Sticks, Stones & Cyberslams

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TV special invites kids to talk about culture of bullying
Sticks and stones may break my bones, but despite the childhood retort, words can be just as hurtful - sometimes even deadly.



It's a subject middle-schoolers tackle in "Sticks, Stones & Cyberslams - a Nick News Special With Linda Ellerbee" that airs Sunday.

Real-life stories of bullying and the consequences prompted Emmy-winning journalist Ellerbee to create the special.

"For me, it was one week last year in which two little boys killed themselves,"
said Ellerbee, who is the creator, host and executive producer of the award-winning "Nick News," a news program for children and teens in which they discuss the issues of the world.

"And I remember reading both stories and, in my mind, trying to imagine an 11-year-old child tying a rope over something, getting up in a chair, putting the rope around his neck and standing there filled with such despair that he took a step off that chair ... and then I read where both were connected to bullying."

The introduction to the special leads off with Ellerbee reporting that, in the past 18 months, at least 10 kids "that we know of have killed themselves because of being bullied."

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EDIT: Sorry everyone, I didn't read this article until a couple of hours ago and didn't realize that the special had already aired. Did anyone catch it?
Tags: children, education, homophobia, internet/net neutrality/piracy, lgbtq / gender & sexual minorities, media, suicide
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