We need to speak against bullying with a unified voice

FI-Letter-to-the-EditorTo the Editor

Selectman Drew Marzullo was correct when he said no words can express the deep pain and sorrow that Bart Palosz’s family must be feeling.

He was also correct when he said it’s time to reframe the debate over bullying and it is not enough for “us” as a town to just declare zero tolerance. The Board of Selectmen, the superintendent and the Board of Education must continue to speak with one voice doing everything in their power to combat an issue that affects many young people.

I was pleased to hear Dr. McKersie take such a strong stance on possible action against the ones committing the bullying. The town must look at prevention as a community issue and it’s up to parents, schools (both public and private) law enforcement, students and elected officials to work together and prevent violence from ever happening again.

Thank you to the Board of Selectmen for bringing together many faces to help.

We need to remember, one out of four kids are bullied, nine out of 10 LGBT students experience harassment at schools. Depending on their ages, up to 40% of kids and teens report being digitally harassed. Eight percent of kids stay home from school each day due to the fear of being bullied.

Enough is enough.


Crystal Arenas

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