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“The pain and suffering (the victim) had to go through really strikes a chord with all of us and we don’t want to see any of our peers going through that,” said one Bedford High School student who has been talking to other students about finding ways to reach out to the victim.
The student, who asked not to be identified because of the heightened emotions surrounding the case, said he hopes the school can find a way to rebuild trust.
“In my opinion, the counselors should have the ability to reach out and clarify to the victim that although their words created additional pain, that wasn’t their intent and they do not condone the behavior of their former colleague. They should acknowledge that all of that should have been included in their statement.
“The same standards that we are held to as students should also apply to the staff that we look up to. If someone makes a mistake they should be able to own it and do whatever is needed to rebuild trust,” he said, adding that from a student perspective “watching the process of what they do to address it is more valuable than having everyone fired and thinking that will solve the problem.”