Bullying: Law enforcement, school officials, former victims all addressing problem

By PAUL LUCE
pluce@delcotimes.com

During a recent teen-mental health and anti-bullying assembly at a local high school, speaker Francesca Pileggi said she was shocked to see the very issue she was speaking out against take place in front of her eyes.

Founder of the ME Project, a Chadds Ford-based teen mental health advocacy and awareness group, Pileggi, 23, said a student sitting at a table only feet from her leaned over and pointed to two of his classmates when Pileggi announced one in four teens will have a mental health issue during high school.

“He got up and he pointed at the kids,” said Pileggi, 23. “He said, ‘It’s going to be you and you.’”

Pileggi said she called the student out on what she deemed as inappropriate behavior. Nevertheless, the incident “me so angry, it made my blood boil,” she said.

In the wake of several high profile suicides by bullying victims across the nation in the past two months, teachers, administrators and even lawmakers are taking notice of a phenomenon that, while perhaps always in existence, has grown new legs thanks to new technology.

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