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Bullying should be taken seriously -- by teachers, administrators, parents and, yes, fellow students. I'm doubtful, though, that criminal prosecution is the best way to punish or prevent it.

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Sirdeaner Walker of Springfield, Mass., complained to her son's school about the daily taunts. The bullies who tormented her son Carl with the words gay and fag made her feel worse than the breast cancer she had survived. She was on her way to protest again when she found Carl, 11, hanged with an extension cord.

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