[Audio] Community leaders share experiences with bullying; Humboldt’s last week of news

Episode sponsored by Bongo Boy Studio, Jitter Bean Coffee Co. and Los Bagels

In the latest episode of Humboldt Last Week (12:20): At least two reported incidents spawned a community conversation about bullying last week. Many saw the viral video of what’s now being investigated as an assault at Zane Middle School in Eureka, as well as a report of another alleged assault of a Fortuna High School student.

A fact page at DoSomething.org suggests 3.2 million kids are bullied each year in the U.S. and 90 percent of kids from fourth through eighth grade report being victims of bullying. Kids who are bullied can experience negative physical health, mental health, and educational issues. The award-winning 2012 documentary “Bully” demonstrated arguably the worst impact of bullying, suicide. Those that are bullied are up to nine percent more likely to consider suicide, according to a study by Yale University.

We all have a bullying story. Whether as victims, witnesses, or perpetrators, the majority of us have memories that will stay with us forever. In the interest of delving a little deeper into the memories and lessons associated with the subject, community leaders such as Humboldt County Sheriff Billy Honsal, Humboldt County Supervisor Virginia Bass, philanthropist Betty Chinn, and HSU President Lisa Rossbacher open up about the issue.

The story begins at 12:20.

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