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Commentary: Where are parents of bullies?

Published 04/06/2010, West Central Tribune

It is either significant or merely interesting that William Golding dedicated his classic, “Lord of the Flies,” to his mother and father. It is precisely the absence of parents, or any adult actually, that enables the boys of the island to descend into savagery, and it is the sudden appearance of an adult at the end that restores what we would now call law and order. This tale, way before its time, was a precursor to South Hadley (Mass.) High School and the death by suicide of Phoebe Prince. It was the only way she could get off the island.

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