Beating The Bullies

MATTHIAS JUNG/LAIF for TIME

SILENT STRUGGLE: Many victims of bullying, like Hürter, find it hard to talk about the problem, even with a parent

For Jokin Ceberio, the torture began in September 2003. He was 13 at the time, one of the new kids at Talaia High School in Hondarribia, a town in the Basque region of northern Spain. A gastrointestinal infection led to an embarassing bout of diarrhea in class, and several students began taunting and harassing him for sport. Then, last August, Ceberio and three friends were caught smoking hashish at a summer camp. When Ceberio's mother and father alerted the parents of the other children involved, the teenager's friends labeled him a snitch and allegedly began roughing him up. In September, classmates...

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