My experiences started in the late 80's and early 90's. There were LOTS of derogatory words shouted in the halls frequently- even in front of teachers/faculty. There was name calling and bullying in the classrooms as well. It was considered acceptable in Plano, Texas at the time. The violence was the worst though. Numerous vicious physical assaults, getting held at knifepoint for lunch money, and lots of other things. The schools wouldn't listen, didn't care, and just wanted to protect their terrific reputation. The Plano Police Department refused to do anything whatsoever to stop the violence. We made it very clear that there were weapons involved, but they wanted no part of it. People died because of this- suicides went up. I'm very concerned about these issues no matter where they take place. It's time to really take a stand and get some serious answers from schools and police. I encourage everyone to talk to their local school officials and police departments to address the issue of bullying and violence. Don't back down. There can be no justice until every voice is heard so speak up!!!
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