Why It’s So Hard To Stop Bullying On Indian Reservations

From BuzzFeed, here. An excerpt:

For Erin Schweitzer, who lives on the Menominee Reservation 45 miles northwest of Green Bay, Wisconsin, the bullying of her 11-year-old daughter started with names: “bitch,” “whore,” “fugly.” Schweitzer told her daughter’s teacher, but things got worse — the bully attacked her on the bus, slamming her head into the window. Schweitzer says the girl got a week of lunchtime detention, but soon started again, this time with cyberbullying. It wasn’t until then that Schweitzer learned that Wisconsin’s anti-bullying legislation doesn’t apply on Menominee-owned land.

The classmate had been using a convenience store’s computer to send vulgar Facebook messages to her daughter. It’s not clear whether the girl had a computer at home, but given that poverty rates [.pdf] on the Menominee Reservation are exceptionally high, it’s possible that she didn’t. Schweitzer successfully got the store to place parental controls on its computer, but the girl came to their house, throwing rocks and shouting obscenities. “I’ve seen the spirit sucked out of my daughter, literally sucked right out of her,” Schweitzer says.

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