The New York Times today reports: Charges were filed Monday against nine teenagers, saying their taunting and physical threats were beyond the pale and led a freshman to hang herself from a stairwell in January. The charges were an unusually sharp legal response to the problem of adolescent bullying, which is increasingly conducted in cyberspace as well as in the schoolyard and has drawn growing concern from parents, educators and lawmakers. This case has attracted national media attention due to its legal resonse to bullying. In the uproar around the suicides of two students subjected to harassment, the Massachusetts state legislature stepped up work on an anti-bullying law that is now near passage. The law would require school staff members to report suspected incidents and principals to investigate them. It would also demand that schools teach about the dangers of bullying. Forty-one other states have anti-bullying laws of varying strength. Is our world of Simon Cowell criticism, Donald Trump belittling, Bridezilla ranting, and reality television docum-drama teaching us how to be more effective bullies? Are we teaching ourselves that bullying (under some circumstances) is acceptable? What have been some of your personal experiences with bullying and how did your role (as bully or the bullied) change due to action or reaction (or inaction)?