The girls had apparently been bullied at school. They were harassed about things like their weights and hair colors. What is a child to do when she is a victim of bullying?
Tell a trusted adult? Some family members have admitted that these girls tried telling their families how bad it was, saying "Maybe we should have paid closer attention." The girls' concerns were not taken seriously.
Fight back? One of these girls was recently expelled from school for getting in a fight as she was trying to defend her friend against the bullies. So then the girls weren't even able to be together anymore, to support each other.
Run away? A girl in Connecticut did this about a month ago. She spent three days alone in an abandoned farmstand, and was thankfully found alive and well, and not forced to go back to school right away.
What if nothing helps? Then the unthinkable happens. Two young people end their own lives, feeling like it's the only way out.
Parents, is your child's education more important than her mental health? Is it more important than her life? I'm sure there are two sets of parents in Minnesota right now who would tell you it's not.
Please, listen to your child. Take complaints seriously. Give hope. Your child doesn't have to face a bully for one more day. In all fifty states, it is perfectly legal to pull your child out of school. Any time. If your child is a victim, just do it. Pull her out of school now, and figure it out later. Before there is no hope left. It could save her life.