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Ryan Watson - Arizona Daily Star Op-Ed

Guest Column: Bullying is pervasive in Tucson, but educational efforts can help

Youth who are bullied are up to nine times more likely to die by suicide compared to youth who aren't bullied, and 160,000 students don't even go to school every day because they are afraid of attack or intimidation. These statistics demand action.

A recent inquiry into Tucson schools confirmed that bullying is not only pervasive, but that youth are being targeted because of who they are and how they look - characteristics oftentimes out of their control.

Another revelation is that many youth report not knowing what behaviors actually constitute bullying.

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