Wednesday, March 07, 2001

Lesson in tragedy: Bullying can have lethal consequences




By Cindy Kranz
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        BLUE ASH — As E.H. Greene Intermediate School students on Tuesday struggled to understand the latest school shooting, they learned another lesson about treating one another with respect.

        “My students and I have been talking about it all day long, about how, indeed, we could have empathy for the young man that actually did the shooting because he obviously was hurting,” said Cheryl Borden-Thomas, enrichment specialist who leads Project N.B.A. (No Bullies Allowed) at the Blue Ash school.

        The California student was apparently bullied by other students.

        Ms. Borden-Thomas and students also talked about the power of witnesses, and how those who saw the young man in distress could have intervened and perhaps helped prevent the shooting.

        Keith King, assistant professor of health promotion at the University of Cincinnati, sees a common thread among school shooters — a lack of connectedness to school. Students grow anxious and stressed. They react by lethal means.

        “Bullying is on the increase in the United States in the schools,” Dr. King said. “It's becoming an increasingly more important public health problem. What the schools should be doing is finding as many different ways of getting children and adolescents connected with positive people and positive situations.”

Schools attempt to thwart tragedy
- Lesson in tragedy: Bullying can have lethal consequences
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