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Victims of anxiety top the list due to school shootings

Dear Straight Talk: This sounds weird, but after the shootings in Oregon and with school shootings regular news, I’m afraid of school. I’m a good student but my obsessive thoughts and fears that someone will snap won’t…


Gynecomastia surgery worth it to escape cruelty over “moobs”

Dear Straight Talk: Your recent column about girls worried about being flat-chested compares nothing to the troubles for guys who are not. Guys with man boobs are among the most persecuted in high school. I was a chubby kid and my “moobs”…


Teen accepts being gay but fears bullying and rejection

Dear Straight Talk: I like your “Am I Gay or Straight?” test [Jun 2]. I’m gay and there has never been any confusion; I’ve liked boys starting before puberty. I accept myself but I worry about others accepting…


Daughter melts down: “My friends hate me”

Dear Straight Talk: I'm a single father and my daughter is (or was) a well-adjusted sophomore. Now, she refuses to go to school. When I insist, she locks herself in her room and cries. I'm at a loss and must get to work myself.…


Safe schools — panel weighs in with solutions

Dear Readers: The best ‘in-school’ solution I know to make schools places where kids are welcomed by their peers, versus places of harm, is the “Safe School Ambassadors” program. The program works with human nature:…


A Bullying Solution that Really Works

DEAR READERS: If your school could have a superpower, what would it be? If it’s an anti-bullying superpower, you’re in luck. I’d like to shout from the rooftops about the “Safe School Ambassadors”…

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“Glee” about as edgy as spilled slushees

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: One of my guilty pleasures is watching “Glee.” I am wondering if the degree of bullying they depict is exaggerated or if high school today is really like…


Anonymous cyberbully fakes as friend… maybe

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: Lately, I’ve been the victim of cruel and hateful anonymous cyberbullying. I had no idea who was behind it as I have no known enemies. Then I found out on excellent…


Cybullied teen hints at suicide

DEAR STRAIGHT TALK: How can I help my younger sister deal with cyberbullying? We share a room so I know how torn up she is and hear her crying every night. She’s somewhat overweight,…


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