When I read articles about a young girl who took her own life after being bullied, my heart breaks.

I graduated from high school in 1984, before cellphones and social media. I was awkward, uncoordinated and unathletic, with learning and motor disabilities. I was teased and bullied by both students and teachers. Bullying is emotional abuse, no ifs, ands or buts.

The press should not shame or blame the victim because she experienced depression. The press should ask questions about the children who bullied. There needs to be a statewide policy requiring bullies (whether the behavior happens on school grounds or not) to get psychological evaluation and help. Bullies should also be required to apologize to their targets and, if necessary, change schools.

I can’t believe that not one faculty member (at Lewiston Middle School) was aware of on-campus bullying. Faculty who are aware of such bullying and don’t report it enable it. Bullying is abusive behavior.

Bryan Franco