Ordeal of Holly Is Warning to Us All

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Ordeal of Holly Is Warning to Us All


Byline: By Joan Burnie Record Agony Aunt

EVERYTHING that has happened and still is happening to Holly is horrific.

The fact that no one appears to be able to stop it, is even more appalling.

Her teachers, the education system, the police, they have all failed Holly.

Her tormentors are apparently untouchables on whom no one can lay a legal glove.

We have to ask why Holly's first school did little more than wring and finally wash their hands of the problem.

We have to query the police's reluctance to act.

What more do these wee thugs have to do to her, for pity's sake?

We also need to know why the bullies' parents of haven't been held accountable for their daughters' behaviour.

What none of us should do is comfort ourselves by thinking this is an extreme, far less an isolated,case.

The tragedy is that there are a lot more girls, and boys, suffering in much the same way.

Since we turned over 'Just Joan' to younger readers on Mondays, there's hardly a day without an email or letter from some poor kid who is being bullied. …

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