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Published: Friday, April 26 2013 4:05 p.m. MDT

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JohnJacobJingleHeimerSchmidt
Beverly Hills, CA

I'll go out on a limb and guess this kid is the victim of long term sustained bullying. Good job on spotting the behavior. Hopefully we can take care of these situations and teach these kids that lashing out is not the answer.

joseywales
Park City, UT

JJJHS- Ok, but if you say he's a victim of bullying, why teach HIM that lashing out isn't the right behaviour? Isn't the root cause here the bullying? I think it more prudent to go after the cause of the problem. Don't treat the pain with an aspirin, figure out what is causing the pain and treat it!

I do agree that lashing out on his part could have been catastrophic, and would never want to see that, but I think we need to do more about the bullying problem that exists in our schools. Anyone who says it isn't there is blind, very blind!

Bridger
Midway, UT

I have family members at that school and this doesn't surprise me. Despite the self-congratulatory patting on the back, this school is notorious for allowing bullying to go unchecked. I know several families who have pulled their students out because of sexual harassment, bullying, assault, etc. because when bullying is reported, the school simply shrugs and says, "Boys will be boys." If he was known to be bullied and to being a bully, why wasn't something done about it months ago? This kid had had enough and was fantasizing about getting back at those who made school hostile and hellish and he was forced into it day after day.

I do not justify his actions. He'll rightly suffer the full extent of the law. But shouldn't the next step for the school be to search out and punished the kids who bullied this young man as well? Or even better, established school policies that cut bullying off before it pushed someone to the breaking point? I really hope this finally moves the administrators at Rocky Mountain MS to action. Its time to wake up and start managing your school.

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