Reported Bullying Incident Sparks Discussion

Reported by: Amanda Stevenson
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Updated: 9/05/2012 6:22 pm
Police say a Lexington student tried to take his own life as a result of a reported bullying incident.

Officers say Antoine Young, 18, video-taped the assault of a Tates Creek High School student by another teen.

Police say Young then stole the victim's shoes and backpack.

The reported incident opens the question: why do instances of bullying keep happening? And how can they be stopped?

School administrators say the question lies with the kids themselves...with stepping up the the plate and setting the example for others.

Fayette County Public Schools are making strides to teach educators and students alike how to spot bullying situations; what to do when they happen.

But, say administrators, people have to take it with them outside of the schools--bullying doesn't just happen near lockers and books.

And they stress that the incidents aren't black and white--there are areas of gray, too. Today's reported victim could be tomorrow's bully (and vice-versa).

Which is why administrators say any kind of harassment shouldn't be tolerated.
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