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Published: Friday, Nov. 30 2012 10:25 a.m. MST

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Bountiful, UT

I agree with you Coach. Teachers are being forced to be parents in many cases, but without any rights. I could never be in education for that reason.

Bountiful, UT

Sounds like parents & school officials may have lost interest in this troubled soul. Those who are bullied and those who bully have parents who are not doing their jobs.

Springville, UT

While the point is well-made that we don't know (and probably never will know) if bullying was the direct cause of this boy's suicide, it is clear that it has been the cause of others, and it is a serious problem.

We have people here with first-hand accounts explaining how the system fails to protect victims of bullying. I hope that school staff and parents can learn from these comments, so this tragedy might knock some positive action loose in the world.

Concord, CA

See the movie The Bully Project - boy with Asperger's (not explicitly stated but easy to notice) is mercilessly bullied, tells his parents who meet with the school assistant principal who bla bla did nothing. When the child sees no school officials care and the bullying is his reality, he stops telling his parents, etc. Another boy in the film committed suicide - bullied because he was gay. This happened in the Bible belt of America.School staff can "see" bullying if they really want to address it, or ignore it if it's not happening to their own children.

A big but not the only part of a real, proactive solution is inclusion classrooms - regular and special ed and/or ESL teacher co-teaching using a variety of methods for the diverse learners, and teaching students to appreciate divergent thinking and the learning in very small groups is both more fun and more effective than individually. In these classrooms, every student cares deeply about every other student. A student being bullied cannot relax and open his/her mind to learning in the classroom. Punishment alone does not work, it just pushes the bullying "underground."

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