I am concerned about news that Ashland, Medford, Central Point and Rogue River schools lag behind in Oregon’s efforts to stop harassment and bullying. As a survivor of childhood peer abuse that included school-wide shunning, I stand in solidarity with students who are bullied today.
An entire school and its larger community must be on-board to combat bullying. I echo the sentiments of youth empowerment coordinator Kyndra Laughery: that students will not report harassment if they feel it’s not going to change.
Please extend protection and support to all targets of bullying and emphasize the important role of onlookers and adults in combating a culture “where bullying is the norm.” A compassionate and engaged “silent majority” can create a culture that prevents victims from becoming isolated and alone.
Posted as a letter to the editor, June 27, 2013, by the Ashland Daily Tidings
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