It's odd to me that until now I haven't heard any background about the boy who murdered his classmates in Ohio. A simple search of his name yielded a scant bit of family history, mostly court records regarding his parents' volatile lives. Although I had my suspicion, I wanted to begin to understand why this boy lashed out like he did.
In the e-mails I get daily from Huffington Post, there was a link in "Tuesday's Brief" that took me to an article by Marlo Thomas on bullying and the innumerable wake-up calls we as a society have been given.
Bullying is, plain and simple, oppression. But it shouldn't be considered a rite of passage. It shouldn't be acceptable.
Indeed, it does get better -- most of the time -- but sometimes it doesn't. Only diligence, determination and, more importantly, adult guidance will help.
Give her post a read.
Marlo Thomas: "Tragedy in Ohio: When the Bullied Strike Back."