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SCHOOLS: Get angry about student bullying

Letter by Susan M. Berry, Spanaway on Sep. 16, 2013 at 12:40 pm with No Comments »
September 16, 2013 1:09 pm

When I read that Rebecca Ann Sedwick, a 12-year-old girl from Florida, killed herself over bullying, I became angry – at the students who “tormented” her, at our schools that don’t seem to understand the viciousness of the problem, at the rest of us for not being angry enough to take to the streets protesting and insisting no more of our children die like this.

I am also angry that when my daughter was viciously bullied for six years, I didn’t make more noise and come up with a better plan to not only save her, but Rebecca, to make our society accountable for the seemingly lack of empathy shown by our children towards each other.

By the time you finishing reading this, somewhere, one of our children is deciding “this is the last day I am being bullied” and making a plan to end their life. I am angry that tomorrow I will have to know we failed again and one more child didn’t trust us to help and we weren’t angry enough to stop it.

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