Caption: Yasmine Gustafsson
Yasmine Gustafsson 

Yasmine's Song

From: Latitude News
Length: 04:44

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Bullying isn't an American phenomenon. In Sweden, a federally-appointed bullying ombudsman will sue a school district for not sheltering students from bullying. This is one student's story.

Yasmine1_small When Yasmine was six years old, her classmates wrapped a jump rope around her neck, sending her home with a raw welt. It wouldn't be the last bruise she received at the hands of other students. Now 17 years old, the bullying hasn't stopped for Yasmine. What has changed, though, is her response to it. Yasmine's mother wrote a letter to Sweden's bullying ombudsman, who sued the city of Gothenburg for not protecting Yasmine.

This non-narrated story features two characters: Yasmine and music. Yasmine has begun a music career, and in this piece you'll hear the soulful music that inspires her, as well as her new single about bullying.

Piece Description

When Yasmine was six years old, her classmates wrapped a jump rope around her neck, sending her home with a raw welt. It wouldn't be the last bruise she received at the hands of other students. Now 17 years old, the bullying hasn't stopped for Yasmine. What has changed, though, is her response to it. Yasmine's mother wrote a letter to Sweden's bullying ombudsman, who sued the city of Gothenburg for not protecting Yasmine.

This non-narrated story features two characters: Yasmine and music. Yasmine has begun a music career, and in this piece you'll hear the soulful music that inspires her, as well as her new single about bullying.

Intro and Outro

INTRO:

Bullying happens everywhere - in school, online, and abroad. In the US, parents, school districts, and even the President have taken different approaches to combat bullying. But Sweden has focused its efforts by creating a new federal position - a bullying ombudsman. This next story comes from Latitude News dot com.

OUTRO:

That story was produced by Jack Rodolico at Latitude News dot com, where you can go to find all sorts of surprising international stories.

Musical Works

Title Artist Album Label Year Length
Tell It Like It Is Aaron Neville single. Par-Lo Records 1966 02:40
You Know I'm No Good Amy Winehouse Back to Black. Island Records 2007 04:17
Red, Gold, Green and Blue Yasmine Gustafsson Single. Independent 2011 03:40

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