The Myths Of Bullying

Each new student tragedy sparks calls for stricter laws. But the rules come at a price--and sensational cases aren't always what they seem

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Campaign Limits. Research shows bullying is often more complex that efforts like this sign at a school in Woodstock, Ga., would suggest

At around 7:30 A.M. on Feb. 27, a 17-year-old named T.J. Lane allegedly walked into a high school outside Cleveland with a .22 Ruger handgun. The shooter chose the Chardon High School cafeteria to begin his attack and got off 10 rounds. Police say he managed to hit five students. Three are dead.

Motives for the killings remain a mystery--the local prosecutor says Lane chose his victims at random, but a fellow student suggested that one victim may have been dating a girl Lane had courted. Yet even as police worked to secure the crime scene, one word quickly attached to...

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