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Teen’s stories prove bullying must end

To the editor:

Bullying: It’s a major problem in lifestyles today and it needs to either slow down drastically or even stop. Every year, there are suicides and suicide attempts by teenagers because of bullying from classmates and other peers.

This is something I experienced firsthand from classmates and also peers I used to call my friends.

But one story that touched my heart was the story of Olivia Gardner. She was an epileptic 15-year-old high school student from northern California who one day suffered a seizure in school and because of that horrible incident, was bullied in the hallways of her school, outside of school and cyber-bullied over the Internet. Her peers made an “Olivia’s Haters” website and also wore bracelets that had “I Hate Olivia” on them. They went as far as dragging her backpack through the mud.

You can read more of her story and messages of hope she got from real bullies, bystanders and the victims of bullying, in her book “Letters to a Bullied Girl: Messages of Healing and Hope.”

Bullying happens everywhere and leads to devastating actions everywhere. Bullying needs to stop.

Josh Boucher

Easthampton

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