On Nov. 2, a group of adolescent girls staged a protest to increase awareness of sexual harassment at their Northeast Portland middle school. A man whose daughter has been harassed helped organize the demonstration, but did not expect others in the community to fight in an effort to stop the right of freedom of assembly. There was hair grabbing and punching by those who took issue with the protesters.

I identify with these protesters because during my formative years, I was bullied almost every day and teachers didn’t do much about it. Instead, they indulged in victim-blaming. Two teachers even joined in, bullying misfits they viewed as unworthy of the student body. Sometimes, we misfits got sent to the principal’s office instead of the bullies. Bullying, harassment and indifference all need to stop in order for students to feel safe at their schools.

David Webb

North Portland