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Iowa paper devotes front page to fighting bullying.

8:27 pm - 04/22/2012
TRIGGER WARNINGS: HOMOPHOBIA, BULLYING AND SUICIDE

In a rare and forceful act of advocacy, an Iowa newspaper devoted the entire front page of its Sunday edition to an anti-bullying editorial after a gay teen committed suicide.

Relatives have said 14-year-old Kenneth Weishuhn Jr. suffered intense harassment, including threatening cellphone calls and nasty comments posted online, after coming out to family and friends about a month ago. He died April 15 from what the local sheriff's office described only as a "self-inflicted injury."

The Sioux City Journal's front-page opinion piece calls on the community to be pro-active in stopping bullying and urges members to learn more about the problem by seeing the acclaimed new film, "Bully," which documents the harassment of a Sioux City middle school student. It notes that while many students are targeted for being gay, "we have learned a bully needs no reason to strike."

"In Kenneth's case, the warnings were everywhere," the editorial said. "We saw it happen in other communities, now it has hit home. Undoubtedly, it wasn't the first life lost to bullying here, but we can strive to make it the last.

Editor Mitch Pugh said the newspaper has run front-page editorials before but has never devoted the entire page to one.

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The original editorial which ran in the Souix City Journal today, can be found here.

I wish the writer would have taken a stand against homophobic bullying specifically, since it sounds like that is what killed this kid. Saying "we have learned a bully needs no reason to strike" really doesn't sit right with me...
romp 23rd-Apr-2012 04:54 am (UTC)
No doubt. She let us know she believes our souls are in peril but she doesn't judge us.
coraki 23rd-Apr-2012 06:41 am (UTC)
That sounds like a contradiction. :/
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