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Letter: School violence likely result of bullying

Many years ago, a young man started high school. He did well at first, making good grades and trying to be active. However, other students began bullying him, and went to his vice principal for help. He was met with an apathetic opinion, and told to ignore it and they will stop. The young man was sent back to class, and the bullying continued to become increasingly severe. It became so severe that he himself was sent home, being called a disruption to others. Those whom caused the bullying were allowed to remain in class, while the young man went home. Those causing the bullying apparently knew that nothing would be done and they could get away with it.

Four years passed, and his depression worsened to the point he nearly took his own life. He begged his vice principal to do something, and nothing was done. The young man finally graduated, barely, during summer school, fearing even attending his own high school graduation. His parents' property was vandalized, books stolen, food thrown at him during lunch, and other hideous things. At the tender age of 15, he was assaulted in the lobby, after school, his pants and underwear ripped off in front of the junior varsity cheerleaders.

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One cannot wonder, if recent acts of school violence are a result of bullying, and those in charge not taking action against the true cause of it. Bullying. The victims of bullying are met with apathy in the office, and sometimes get frustrated with the apathy of those in charge. They take matters into their own hands. It's time for school administrators to wake up and realize that school violence is caused mainly by bullying.

By the way, I'm the young man in the story, and I lived it. I was the student met with apathy from my vice principal, and now deal Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, every day, due to what I encountered, at Westminster High School, between 1981 and 1985.

Neil T. Ege

Westminster

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