8:38 am April 22, 2009, by Laura Diamond
The family of an 11-year-old who committed suicide because of what they described as incessant bullying has hired an attorney.
Jaheem Herrera was taunted by classmates who called him “gay” and “snitch,” his sister said.
The boy’s mother says school officials didn’t do enough, even though she complained several times. She said Jaheem was once choked in the boy’s bathroom.
School officials say they’ve taken steps to eliminate bullying, including using a program that integrates anti-bullying and anti-harassment lessons into the regular school curriculum.
We’ve been down this bullying road before. Lots of allegations are thrown back and forth but few changes are seen in schools.
How much can schools do to control bullies?
This isn’t something schools can do alone. Where are the parents in all this? What responsibility rests with parents whose kids are bullied and parents whose kids are the bullies?
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