Let's work together against bullying and help bring the teen suicide rate down to zero


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It seems that most of the things I post are doom and gloom.  Then again, a battlefield is never a very happy place.  So, I love it when I’m able to share some good news, the periodic victory.

In the news just this week is a story about a bullied special needs student in Baltimore.  The parents of that boy can take heart in this story.

Jacob Gentry is and was a special needs student in Tennessee.  He was so badly bullied, he lost an eye to the violence against him.  What was worse, as in far too many cases, the teacher did nothing to intervene.  The school administrators did nothing to make it better.  Well, perhaps this will start making these administrators realize that zero tolerance means zero tolerance.  Failing to intervene or failing to provide a safe place for these teenagers to go to get an education makes the school administrators just as culpable as the actual perpetrators.  A judge in Tennessee ruled this week that the school district was, indeed, as culpable and awarded the boy over a quarter of a million dollars!!!  That won’t replace Jacob’s vision.  It’ll only make a dent into the medical bills and lawyer fees.  But, it sure does send a very clear message that enough really is enough.  Zero tolerance means zero tolerance.


Written by Ron Kemp

December 18, 2011 at 3:38 am

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  1. It truly is about time. The elementary school closest to us (fortunately, though, not the one Sara goes to) had similar incidents. School staff ignoring bullying. However, this is the first I’ve heard of a child losing an eye. I can’t believe that someone isn’t going to jail for this – as I certainly would if I inflicted such an injury on someone with whom I work.

    Having said that, I agree this is positively a step in the right direction.. there is something about money (especially six figures) that makes people tend to take things more seriously.

    Jason from Shady Grove

    December 19, 2011 at 1:31 am

    • Jason, I’m truly hoping that this will serve as a wake-up call around the country and around the world. It certainly is a step in the right direction. Seeing that kind of penalty levied will open some eyes for sure.


      December 19, 2011 at 4:25 am

  2. How many other places is this happening????


    December 19, 2011 at 3:13 am

    • If you are questioning how many other places are actually taking a very strong position against bullying as is witnessed here, this is the first that I’ve heard of. Let’s just hope it isn’t the last. If you are questioning how many other places are experiencing bullying, and neglect by people in a position to stop it, I don’t know that answer. However, I will go out on a limb and say that this isn’t an isolated instance. Remember that Asher Brown’s parents were told that “if he didn’t act [gay], he wouldn’t be getting bullied.” Asher committed suicide last year.


      December 19, 2011 at 4:24 am

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