School leaders can, and must, insist on outward signs of respect, and maybe inward changes will come. Maybe the taunting students will find their heart.

Battered women are in our midst. And we are as good at not seeing them as they are at pretending they are not being hurt.

New York's educational system is ostensibly one of home rule; forcing all schools into the same mold is not the best way to help students. Programs should be tailored by each district to fit its needs.

Roger had no family and yet he was cared for because he was caring. He said he did not want to die alone, in the dark. The nurse who was with him said, "We all love you." That, to us, is the sign of a life well lived.