March 31st, 2010
01:28 PM ET

School bullying activist: I know the terror Phoebe felt

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/US/08/20/corporal.punishment/art.school.kids.gi.jpg caption="School bullying has claimed the lives of its victims."]

Jodee Blanco
Special to CNN

Once again, the nation is outraged that school bullying has claimed another victim. As news spread about the indictment of nine teens who are accused of relentlessly bullying 15-year-old Phoebe Prince to suicide this year, parents everywhere asked: "How could this have happened? Where were the adults?"

I couldn't help but wonder why it always takes a tragedy to get the world's attention. The suffering of millions of students all across America, some of whom are being bullied as badly as Phoebe and who have been crying out for help day after day, semester after semester, should be enough. Why are their voices not heard? What message are we sending these lonely, frustrated kids: that they might as well suffer in silence, because no one's going to take notice unless someone ends up dead?

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