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21st Century Bullying (Prevention Team)
An investigation has been launched to determine whether 15-year-old Lennon Baldwin’s death was a result of bullying. Lennon committed suicide by hanging himself in his bedroom on March 28th, 2012.
Local authorities believe that Lennon was a victim of cyber bullying. His closest friends say that they believe his classmates were the assailants. Stories like Lennon’s are becoming far too common these days. An increasing number of teenagers are taking their lives because of bullying. Bullying is a much larger issue now than it has been in the past. There have always been bullies, but the ways in which people are bullied has changed. Cyber bullying has fashioned an entirely new field of bullying. When someone posts embarrassing photos or comments on the internet, they are available for the whole world to see. Personal information is shared with thousands, possibly millions of people. Kids are being traumatized by this.
The only way the growing bullying problem in America will be resolved is by encouraging parents, schools, and law enforcement to all work together. Parents need to become more attentive and proactive with issues involving bullying of any kind. Schools and law enforcement need to uphold stricter policies and repercussions for acts of bullying. Bullying is a crime and it needs to be treated as such!
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