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There's a Serious Bullying Problem in Mexico. Are the Cartels to Blame?

Ioan Grillo - GlobalPost
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June 25, 2014
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#ElBullyingNOesUnJuego: Celebrities in Mexico say 'Bullying Is Not a Game' (Basta MX)

MEXICO CITY — As the last class was finishing at the school in northeast Mexico, the four pupils grabbed 12-year-old Hector Alejandro Mendez by his arms and legs and swung him, banging his head against the wall.

Mendez, who friends called “Mini,” made it home, where he told his mother about the assault before losing consciousness.

He died after a week in the hospital. The injuries caused fatal bleeding in his brain.

At his funeral, weeping family and friends wore white T-shirts with messages to the departed child. “Alejandro, we always love you,” said the epistle from his mother. “Justice for my baby.”   

Even in a country that suffered more than 18,000 murders last year, the death on May 20 unleashed shockwaves of grief and anger that have provoked a concerted debate about violent bullying and how to deal with it.

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