The Price of Beans

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The Price of Beans

I wrote this during difficult times. My point, however subtle, was that bullying has a distinct cost to society. I experienced bullying in school, and it was terribly disruptive to my education. I implored school officials to intervene to no avail. They finally got involved after I employed physical violence to defend myself; but their target was me, not my attacker.

Bullying has come to the fore in years since, but not enough.

Published in The Log

The nation shook on Tuesday, April 20, 1999. Two boys, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold, grabbed it by the shoulders, put a gun to its heart and fired at point blank range. Children are, after all, the heart of our nation,aren’t they? Or is it just a portion of our children who sit in our school auditoriums being fed that you-are-the-future spiel who know it is for them? What is not acknowledged is a percentage of our nation’s youth…

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