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Intersection - Fighting Bullying in Missouri Today, From the Statehouse to the Classroom

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The classic concept of bullying is a boy on the playground scaring other kids into giving up their lunch money. But that's far from how much bullying unfolds. Today on Intersection we explore what bullying, and efforts to stop it, look like in Missouri. We hear about revenge porn, online bullying and harassment, and prevention programs at local schools.

Editor’s note: On this episode, we discuss topics including suicide. This may not be suitable for all listeners.   

On this show we talk with Sarah Kellogg, KBIA's capital reporter; Sandy Davidson, a communications law professor at the Missouri School of Journalism; Tina Meier, creator of the Megan Meier Foundation that works to prevent bullying; and Chad Rose, the director of the Mizzou Ed Bully Prevention Lab.

Davidson on the need for revenge porn laws:

“Already 38 states and the District of Columbia have passed revenge porn laws. And here’s the problem: If you don’t have a clear law on the books then you can have people who engage in revenge porn slipping through the cracks.”

Meier on why she speaks with students about bullying:

“I’m doing this because I don’t want another parent to stand where I’m standing. I don’t want another child to feel that way.”

Rose on cyberbullying:

“With the advent of social media, kids have found an avenue to maintain bullying over a longer period of time. So kids can be victimized 24 hours a day now."  

Assistant Producers for this show are Abby Ivory-Ganja, Elena Rivera, Ahmed Jawadi and Betsy Smith.

Sara Shahriari was the assistant news director at KBIA-FM, and she holds a master's degree from the Missouri School of Journalism. Sara hosted and was executive producer of the PRNDI award-winning weekly public affairs talk show Intersection. She also worked with many of KBIA’s talented student reporters and teaches an advanced radio reporting lab. She previously worked as a freelance journalist in Bolivia for six years, where she contributed print, radio and multimedia stories to outlets including Al Jazeera America, Bloomberg News, the Guardian, the Christian Science Monitor, Deutsche Welle and Indian Country Today. Sara’s work has focused on mental health, civic issues, women’s and children’s rights, policies affecting indigenous peoples and their lands and the environment. While earning her MA at the Missouri School of Journalism, Sara produced the weekly Spanish-language radio show Radio Adelante. Her work with the KBIA team has been recognized with awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and PRNDI, among others, and she is a two-time recipient of funding from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.