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Dismissive article really dismissed reality
I do not remember a commentary that was so dangerous, inaccurate and lacking in substance as “Bullying: Kids haven’t changed; we have. We’re training victims” (March 19).
The writer, Susan Eva Porter, claims as fact that the Columbine shooters were not bullied, while the preponderance of evidence is that they were. The only support for her statement is a book written in 1999 by Dave Cullen. In any case, Columbine has no relevance to her argument. She also writes that crimes have been committed by parents of bullied children on bullies. This is true, but she refers to the media as treating one of the criminals as a heroic mother defending her child. I am unable to find a single article to support that. This, again, has no relevance to her argument that bullying is harmless.
Let’s list the consequences of unrestrained severe bullying that have been studied and documented: Anxiety, stress disorder, panic disorder, depression, self-harm such as cutting, substance abuse and suicidal ideation. Bullied children are far more likely to skip school or drop out entirely. Complex post-traumatic stress disorder is listed in the latest DSM as a result of its high incidence in bullied children.
The harm is not limited to the bullied. Studies have shown that bullies frequently experience a high level of these types of harm as a result of their actions.
Bullying has no place in our society. It should not be tolerated in our schools, workplaces or community.
Ernie Neve, Minneapolis
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This word also begins with ‘j’ and has 8 letters
As I read the March 19 letter discounting a Maple Grove native’s recent winning streak on “Jeopardy,” I couldn’t help feeling that there was a little jealousy going on.
Larry Leighton, Alexandria, Minn.
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Live and let live … so to speak
I have some advice for the March 19 letter writer who is offended by the pictures in the Sports section of hunters and game they have taken: Don’t look.
John A. McGuire, Plymouth
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