In school districts throughout the country, school is out of the summer. The school year, however, did not end without tragedy.
In late May, a 12 year old from New York City committed suicide. He had been bullied for months about his good grades, his stature and his father's death. The bullying went beyond harsh words; pipes and sticks were thrown at him.
This poor boy had switched schools to flee the bullying but it continued nonetheless.
Even sadder than the bullying is the fact he kept this feelings to himself and put up a false front that he was happy. No one, not even his mother, knew he was hurting until he committed suicide. If they had known, someone could have intervened and saved his life.
In the years since Columbine, schools have done a better job of dealing with bullying, but they still have a long way to go. Punishment for bullying is not harsh enough and there are no resources available to help those who are the victims of bullying. It is still fluffed off as something that will pass if it's ignored or that kids will just be kids. Unfortunately, as these tragedies prove, bullying doesn't stop if it's ignored, it gets worse, and children can be crueler than any adult.
How do you think schools should handle bullying? Do you think they do enough?