A Boy the Bullies Love to Beat Up, Repeatedly

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The New York Times

Classmates have physically and verbally harassed tall, lanky Billy Wolfe – a slightly learning-disabled high school sophomore in Fayetteville, Ark. – for six years. Fed up with unaddressed complaints to school officials and bolstered by documentation of Wolfe’s injuries, his parents are suing one of the bullies. Officials at two schools have been reluctant to punish the bullies or to report the assaults to the police, and some of them say Wolfe is to blame for his poor relationships with his peers. This portrait of a bullied youth illustrates the conflict between the sometimes laissez-faire attitudes of school officials toward bullying and a youth’s right to be safe in school. March 24, http://www.nytimes.com.