Between October 2011 and January 2012 the number of teens attending Midland schools, in the Permian Basin area of Texas, who have committed suicide, rose to four due to bullying and hazing.
The Friends co-sponsored with Holocaust Museum Houston, Barbara Coloroso’s coming to Houston to educate Region 4 high school teachers in how to recognize and deal with bullying in their schools. Ms. Coloroso is one of the nation’s leading spokespersons on bullying and how those acts can lead to genocide. Her remarks continued with the analysis of bullying and how it can lead towards the 8 Stages of Genocide. The natural progression from bullying to hazing and gangs and how that leads to modern day genocide was explored. Attendees appraised the daylong workshop which was able to show them how to deal with bullying.
In the evening Barbara Coloroso spoke to community participants. During that talk she emphasized the need for greater participation of all citizens in confronting these horrific acts in our society.
It is the THGC’s position that as reprehensible the act of bullying is, it is intolerable to our conscience that it continues unabated.