The Glens Falls Post Star has been publishing a powerful series of stories and essays about bullying in public schools.
In an editorial over the weekend, the newspaper argued for more awareness and enforcement, not more laws, to counter the problem.
[Bullying is] not a rite of passage. It is not something kids have to experience in order to cope as adults. No one needs to learn cruelty first-hand.
Perhaps the most heartbreaking story so far is an account shared by Billie Borden, who graduated from Whitehall Central School in 2005, after years of persecution.
“I don’t think anybody takes you aside when you’re a kid and says, ‘Hey, there’s a chance that you might be selected as one from your peers to not fit in, and that’s just going to be who you are,’” she said.
It’s powerful journalism, drawing together a big discussion of an issue that continues to plague many North Country schools.
Check out the “Bullied” topic page on the Post-Star’s website, including a focus today on the impact of bullying on gay teens.