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Zachary Fisher-Edelglass February 26, 2013 JRN160 Hourglass Story Assignment On February 21st, 13 year old Asher Brown killed himself in Spring, Texas. He was a victim of constant bullying. His parents, Amy and David Truong, tried to fix the situation, but the school was uncooperative. Asher was a student at Hamilton Middle School, where he was bullied because he was different than the other students. Asher had been harassed for a long time, as his mother says, “...there was an ongoing problem for what would amount to 18 months to 2 years.” “The boys and girls, you know, they thought he was nerdy because he reads lots of books. They picked on him and called him, you know, nasty names for -- the disparaging comments they use towards homosexuals,” his mother said. Asher told his parents about the bullying. His father gave him some advice, “Talk to the
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Unformatted text preview: bullies, get them to stop. If they don’t stop, tell the teachers. Tell whoever’s in charge.” The parents claim to have contacted the school numerous times for help. Amy claims, “We made phone calls, emails. We made every attempt.” The school states that there was “. .. no reports from students, staff members or the parents to administrators. ..” about Asher being bul-lied. Asher was known as a loving child. “He gave everybody unconditional love,” his father claims. The parents hope that Asher’s case will help others who are in similar situations. Amy says, “These kids are worried about retribution for speaking up, not only speaking up for them-selves, but speaking up for their friends that are getting picked on. And we’ve got to make this stop.”...
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