This didn’t happen in Newton but it’s the kind of story that makes parents’ hearts ache and tempers flare. Or at least that’s what it did to me. I’d like to believe that our administrators in Newton are far more responsive (than this girls allege about Concord-Carlisle administrators) when our students feel unsafe, and I have no reason to think otherwise. But I have no idea if the bullying in Newton is equivalent to anything that this girl experienced in Concord-Carlisle. Maybe this is one isolated case in C-C, or maybe this is indicative of a small — but potent — fraction of teenage behavior.
I’m glad Isabella Hankey has filed a lawsuit against the school district. If nothing else, it will make other districts pay attention. But, will it accomplish more than that? Will it apply pressure to the legislature to make the anti-bullying law stronger?