... As an alumnus of Ripon Public School District, bullying has been one of the main factors that has shaped my life. It’s an unfortunate reality but a reality nonetheless.

The point of this [is to] bring the [school] district’s attention to this massive issue that they seem to believe is a non-issue.

Bullying isn’t a problem we can turn a blind eye to and pretend it doesn’t exist. It’s not something that you can say “well that’s harassment, not bullying” because harassment is bullying. A better question is, “Does it make the student uncomfortable in any way? Is this something I would like done or said to me?”

If you can answer yes or no respectively, then it is without a doubt able to be considered bullying.

Just because it isn’t reported doesn’t mean it isn’t happening. In fact, it’s likely quite the opposite.

It isn’t reported because it is happening. Reporting it just draws a larger target on the person who reported it, and since nobody ever does anything after a report there’s nobody to help protect the person after that target has been redrawn. ...

— Matthew Schuh

622 Wilkes Court

To read the entire letter, see the Nov. 17, 2016 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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