Reporting for "Out of the shadows" began almost a year ago. It was to be an in-depth look at bullying in Palo Alto schools, the myriad anti-bullying programs used throughout the district, why some kids behave cruelly and what educators and community leaders are doing about it.
In the middle of the Palo Alto Weekly's reporting effort, however, the Office for Civil Rights investigation into the case of a bullied Palo Alto middle school student came to light -- solely due to the family's decision to share their story in hopes of focusing attention on an important local issue that otherwise would likely have remained in the shadows.
The federal report unleashed swift reactions, raised questions and resulted in a community wake-up call. Systemic reforms are now emerging.
The Weekly has interviewed more than 100 parents, children, educators, psychologists and other bullying-prevention experts for this collection of articles, some of which were published in the June 14 edition of the Palo Alto Weekly and all of which are posted here.
"Out of the shadows" is the first in a series planned over the next few months.