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President Vows to Launch All-Out Battle Against School Bullying

Agence France-Presse
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May 24, 2014
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MEXICO CITY - Mexico's President vowed on Friday to launch an all-out battle against a spate of bullying in schools after a 12-year-old boy died from injuries sustained in a beating by classmates.

Hector Alejandro Mendez Ramirez died of head trauma at a hospital on Tuesday, one week after schoolmates slammed him against a wall in front of school staff in the northeastern city of Ciudad Victoria, according to the victim's family.

The tragedy in Tamaulipas state made national headlines, putting a spotlight on a scourge that the education ministry says is on the rise.

Hundreds of people held a demonstration in Ciudad Victoria on Wednesday, demanding justice over the boy's death.

Speaking at a regional teacher training center in Tamaulipas, President Enrique Pena Nieto said he had instructed his education minister to speed up the implementation of a national anti-bullying program.

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