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September 22, 2013

I think kids need to leave other kids alone and I think that people need to understand on what the issue is about and why is it happening in the first place....

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Sep-22-13 5:13 PM

-con't No one believed that such upstanding girls from important, wealthy parents could possibly treat people this way.

It took me until our 20th class reunion to face them again. Oh, and yes I took some joy in the fact that they're not such hot stuff now. They have the same problems as everyone else.

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Sep-22-13 5:11 PM

I can't even imagine what a nightmare school would be now. There was a mean girl clique when I was in school. It was bad enough dealing with them when they passed notes, or whispered about someone tripping or falling, or how stupid they look in their gym uniform. They made up "slam books", notebooks with insults in them and passed them around for other people to write their putdowns.

This same group of awful, nasty girls with the internet and the ability to post pictures and photoshop them? No wonder kids commit suicide. It's disgraceful.

The perpetrators should be banned from the internet, no smart phones, and sent to alternative school for a grading period. Throw in an ankle monitor and counseling, at the parent's expense. That should get their attention.

The mean girl clique in my school came from the wealthiest families, had their own charge cards, the best, newest clothes, cars (when they hit 16), etc. It did no good for any of us to report them. -con't

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Sep-22-13 3:09 PM

You will find there are parents who also bullying children on-line. No one is immune from cyber bullying.

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Sep-22-13 1:43 PM

I agree that bullying is made easier and less personal by the internet, but where are the parents. Many of the stories that I have read of cyber-bullying are about 12-14 year olds. How are their parents not monitoring what they do online? How is it that the bullies' parents aren't monitoring what they do online? Parents should be teaching their kids values, but how do you do that if you have no idea what they are doing? Many people want the schools to teach anti-bullying, and perhaps they should, but it will have little impact if we can't get the parents to take some responsibility.

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Sep-22-13 9:04 AM

I realize the writer is young but it is also a call for help, he stated he thought of committing suicide.

I agree being verbally abusive is made easier with social media. No one is immune from it.

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Sep-22-13 8:29 AM

Mr. Reeder, i think the writer is a young person, so consider that. I think all social media has made it easy to bully and hide behind a screen.

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Sep-22-13 8:20 AM

Wow! This letter is all over the place. The writer has some serious issues and needs to get them address and soon!

Bullying and bullies has been around before and since I was a child. What has change is the methods of bullying which has been pointed out by other posters. The bullying is not so much physical anymore as it is verbally and psychologically.

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Sep-22-13 7:21 AM

The anonymity of the internet has allowed increased harshness in the way we treat each other.

Read nearly any comments section below an article and you will see some of the most cruel, nasty things being said for no reason than just to be cruel and nasty.

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Sep-22-13 7:02 AM

Bullying occurs right here on this comment section.

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Sep-22-13 6:58 AM

Grammie I agree and this is not a recent problem or a problem that is restricted to children and a schoolyard. Bullying has been around for decades and is found not only at school by children but at home and at the workplace by adults.

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Sep-22-13 5:50 AM

This is the kind of behavior you get when you teach your kids that they are special and perfect and protected. They develop a sense that they can do no wrong so whatever they do must be OK because they are special and perfect. We reap what we sow.

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Sep-22-13 5:46 AM

It seems kindness, compassion and respect aren't taught much these days.Bad examples abound.As adults we all need to think about what examples we set with not only our own children, but others around us.

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