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    1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand - Yahoo! News

    MENTOR, Ohio – Sladjana Vidovic's body lay in an open casket, dressed in the sparkly pink dress she had planned to wear to the prom. Days earlier, she had tied one end of a rope around her neck and the other around a bed post before jumping out her bedroom window.
    The 16-year-old's last words, scribbled in English and her native Croatian, told of her daily torment at Mentor High School, where students mocked her accent, taunted her with insults like "Slutty Jana" and threw food at her.


    It was the fourth time in little more than two years that a bullied high school student in this small Cleveland suburb on Lake Erie died at his or her own hand — three suicides, one overdose of antidepressants. One was bullied for being gay, another for having a learning disability, another for being a boy who happened to like wearing pink.

    StopCyberbulling.org founder Parry Aftab says this is the first time she's heard of two sets of parents suing a school at the same time for two independent cases of bullying or cyberbullying. No one has been accused of bullying more than one of the teens who died.

    Barbara Coloroso, a national anti-bullying expert, says the school is allowing a "culture of mean" to thrive, and school officials should be held responsible for the suicides — along with the bullies.

    "Bullying doesn't start as criminal. They need to be held accountable the very first time they call somebody a gross term," Coloroso says. "That is the beginning of dehumanization."
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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    I have mixed opinions on all these situations - I see everyone blaming the schools, but people don't just break down and commit suicide real quick - it's a problem that happens over time and it seems that when people do people act it's too little too late.

    But how am I mixed on this? This might come out way wrong - but take Mohat for example. He wore a dead animal on his arm and called him Georges.
    When someone goes *out of their way* to be different and get attention - well *that* was a sign he was having problems and that was his way of coping with it.

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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    Don't you just love the enforced social learning skills many students have to put up with?

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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand - Yahoo! News



    (it's a long article so I added in some bits from the end of it, as well)
    this article makes me sick, in that those nasty kids will get away with deplorable behavior and only become more despicable adults.

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    Don't you just love the enforced social learning skills many students have to put up with?
    what does that mean?

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    I have mixed opinions on all these situations - I see everyone blaming the schools, but people don't just break down and commit suicide real quick - it's a problem that happens over time and it seems that when people do people act it's too little too late.

    But how am I mixed on this? This might come out way wrong - but take Mohat for example. He wore a dead animal on his arm and called him Georges.
    When someone goes *out of their way* to be different and get attention - well *that* was a sign he was having problems and that was his way of coping with it.

    It's like laughing when you're nervous.
    so that makes bullying okay?

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

    These are the same liberals who forgot how Iraq attacked us on 9/11.


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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    This is really tragic, and sad. School should be a safe place, and being harassed at school should never get to this level.
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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    what does that mean?
    This is just one of the many excuses people use for having public indoctrination centers. If kids didn't go to school they wouldn't learn how to socialize.

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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    Quote Originally Posted by The_Patriot View Post
    This is just one of the many excuses people use for having public indoctrination centers. If kids didn't go to school they wouldn't learn how to socialize.
    this addresses the op how? what is your point?

    Originally Posted by johnny_rebson:

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    Re: 1 Ohio school, 4 bullied teens dead at own hand

    Quote Originally Posted by liblady View Post
    this addresses the op how? what is your point?
    If there weren't any public schools then this wouldn't have happened. Bullies don't last long in private schools.

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