|Gotta hand it to him, his handwriting is better than mine.|
I have a funny stance on bullying, having been both the bully and the bullied. I think bullying is just something people do. I might have been blessed with tougher skin than others, I never really wanted to kill anyone or cause harm to myself so it's hard for me to be strictly anti-bullying. I'm one of the few who thinks Dahrun Ravi shouldn't be held responsible for the death of Tyler Clementi. He didn't push him off that bridge. Since that incident we start seeing all these laws crop up around the country that actual impede on free speech and I'm torn on whether to be in favor or against them. What a lot of people don't seem to get is that in the end you're throwing kids in jail for what usually just happens to be pranks that have gone terrible wrong. You're putting administrators in lose-lose situations, if they truly neglect their duties to protect children then come after them but they shouldn't be held responsible for things they more than likely have no idea is happening. You can't solve bullying by passing laws and feeding the prison industrial complex, but what we can do is provide education, awareness and better equip schools to counsel students who may have emotional issues. Provide students with the opportunity to speak to someone about their problems whether they're the bully or getting bullied and you'll see changes. But maybe that's just my utilitarianism views.
Overall, this is a tragedy, that may or may not have been avoidable. I hope everything works out for both of these children and their families.