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Our opinion: When bullying is deadly

September 19, 2013

Among the most heart-wrenching, deeply troubling stories in the news last week was that of a 12-year-old Florida girl who committed suicide after being bullied for nearly a year....

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Kelly14

Sep-20-13 12:51 AM

Breaks my heart when a child is bullied. I don't know or have the answer to the issue, but I think that tougher rules need to be implemented. Zero tolerance. Sadly enough, most bullies learn this behavior at home and aren't taught his to respect and treat others with dignity by their parents. I've never had a bullied child thankfully. But I know 1 thing, If I ever heard of any of my kids bullying another child, it would be the last time they had any special privileges at home in a long time. It's such of a prevalent problem in our schools from what I hear and it truly tugs at the heart strings to hear some of the stories.

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reader

Sep-23-13 12:02 PM

and her computer is full of comments. sounds like she went in the computer to see if anything else was written about her. if you take a short cut going home on a dark street and get beat up or robbed a few times, do you continue to take the same route?

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Rancor

Sep-24-13 5:45 AM

reader: 1. I would venture a guess that it was far more pervasive than computer bullying.

2. Even if it was purely on the computer... you have to understand that in today's techno world having an online presence is almost necessary.

3. Regardless of how many times someone walks down a street (no matter how bad of an idea) the blame still rests 100% on the thief. To blame anyone else contributes to the justification of the culprit and to the overall problem itself.

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Heydrich

Sep-24-13 11:03 AM

"2. Even if it was purely on the computer... you have to understand that in today's techno world having an online presence is almost necessary." There is a massive difference between being online for educational purposes and being online for social networking. Facebook, Twitter, etc. are choices, not necessities. And, yes, each individual must indeed take precautionary measures to protect oneself from harm which can come in a variety of forms. If and when someone is assaulted or bullied, does the blame truly lie 100% with the perpetrator when the victim did nothing to protect himself/herself? One not seeking harm must take appropriate steps to protect oneself when confronted with potential threats.

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Rancor

Sep-24-13 11:55 PM

Yes... it does lie 100% with the perpetrator. They are the ones that made a choice to do harm.

I am not suggesting that one should take no precautions, but rather, regardless of the intelligence of the decision to maintain an online presence (which I agree it wasn't smart) it is still the ignoramuses that drove this girl to it just as assuredly as if they pulled a trigger themselves.

Why is it that this girl had to sacrifice her rights to do things within the confines of the law because a mob of bullies say otherwise? Is that really the new American way? Fsck that.

Is it not our duty to stand up for those who have no ability to defend themselves? Have we gotten so cynical as a country that "well, she shouldn't have been there" is a legitimate excuse for kids to terrorize another human being?

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