• Student fights Twitter bullying and “made kindness go viral”

    Date: 08.16.12 | by Judge Tom.

    A senior at Osseo High School in Minnesota has turned Twitter bullying into a positive in support of his friends. Kevin Curwick is 17-years-old and noticed that some of his classmates were taunted on Twitter. So, he created his own Twitter account in July, 2012.  @OsseoNiceThings spreads positive comments on just that, nice things about others at school.

    Tweeting about one of his teammates, Kevin wrote “He’s a genuine guy works hard on and off the field, he’s just a great guy to know.” About another classmate who was bullied online, he posted “She is so good at dancing, she gets more scholarships than D1 athletes.” He called another student a “great artist, but even better friend.”

    Kevin Curwick (Facebook)

    Kevin is a 4.0 student and has the full support of his coach. For showing that a nice guy can win, he was made co-captain of the team. Kevin decided to come out as the creator of the campaign and his mission to stand up for others. Other schools in the area have followed Osseo’s example and created similar accounts. It is reported that accounts attacking his classmates have disappeared. Kevin has obviously learned that the best defense is a good offense.

    Congratulations, Kevin, for doing something about what you recognized as wrong. It takes courage to stand up to and for others and do the right thing.

    For a similar story about high school football players doing the right thing, take a look at Jefferson High School’s Bully Guards here.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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      Tue, 25 Mar 2014 at 11:57

      […] We have written many times about bullying and its consequences. The old shove in the hallway at school or stolen lunch money has escalated to cyberbullying that occurs 24/7 on all digital devices used by children and teens. Before you post anything about someone else, think about how a mean comment might affect that person or their family. Even your best friend may not tell you everything. A kind or postive comment goes much further in helping to create a better world. See our post for an example of students going on the offensive against bullying. […]