Bullied at school, a teen fights the administration that punished her
from The Independent Weekly
Since the 1999 Columbine shootings, the definition of bullying has broadened, particularly after a string of teen suicides. Recent studies suggest that 1 in 5 children is a bullying victim, and legislators have tried to combat the problem. According to the U.S. Department of Education, 27 states signed anti-bullying bills into law in 2011 and 2012, compared to one in 2000. The Obama administration has hosted national conferences on bullying and launched an anti-bullying website. But while the new legislation is well intended, it has given rise to "zero-tolerance" suspensions and criminal charges, which are merely stop-gap measures that often exacerbate the problem, advocates say.
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