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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on May 2, 2009:

Tragedy struck two 11-year-old boys in April. Jaheem Herrera of Georgia hung himself on April 16, and just 10 days before that, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover of Massachusetts hanged himself. Both were taunted relentlessly about being gay, though neither was known to be gay.

One might hope these deaths would not have happened locally with policies such as the Boulder Valley School District’s “Student Conduct.” It outlines students are to treat each other with “due regard” for their rights and welfare. However, a 2005 U.S. Department of Education report on bullying shows why a policy is insufficient.

One reason is bullying is so pervasive. The report stated 14 percent of students 12 through 18 years old reported being bullied during the six months before the interview.

The best prevention strategy in schools lies with other children, the audiences of much of the bullying. With these two cases fresh on their minds, parents and others should talk with their children and children in their care about the deadly side of bullying and ways they and their children can stand up for victims.

*This title was not part of the Camera publication.


Source: Daily Camera


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