Dear Ms. Viasmensky, I am sorry to admit that it was just today that I read your article about young Hailee Lambert that you wrote and published on November 1, 2014. When my grandson moved to the Las Vegas area from Mississippi back in 2008 and began attending elementary school here, he made friends with Hailee Lambert. That friendship spanned the years until Hailee’s untimely death on December 11, 2013. Hailee Lambert was my grandson’s best friend and first love. They talked all of the time and would have competitions in school to see who could get the best grades on assignments and projects. Even though Hailee often won those little competitions, my grandson was always thrilled for Hailee’s accomplishments and intelligence. He was so thankful to have Hailee as his friend. My grandson would often tell me; “Gramma, Hailee is the smartest girl that I know and I’m lucky to have her as my friend.”. My grandson was completely devastated by the death of Hailee… his best friend and first love. But even he will tell you that as one of Hailee’s friends, he had no inkling of the bullying that Hailee was going through. I want to thank you for the article that you wrote about Hailee. She was a beautiful young girl. Her smile would light up any room. She was sweet to every one that she knew. Which is why we cannot fathom why anyone would target poor Hailee for any type of bullying. I know that bullies are often cowards who project their own shortcomings and insecurities onto their victims. But what had Hailee ever done to deserve the level of bullying that she must have received to make her think that killing herself was the only way to escape it? None that we can think of. How unrelenting was the bullying that Hailee experienced that made her feel this way? Your article has been one of the best ones that I have read regarding Hailee, the bullying that she endured and the lack of responsibility of those who were in a position to prevent it (i.e. White Middle School Principal Andrea Katona; Dean Ron Kamman; Dean April Barr; counselor Sabreena Adams; and physical education teacher Kim Jefferson). You put the blame squarely where it should lie, those with the responsibility and the means to stop the bullying dead in it’s tracks. And I also agree that, even though the two students that made Hailee’s life a living hell should be held accountable, that their parents should bear the shame of raising such children that lack a complete sense of compassion and empathy for those that may be different… or in the case of Hailee, better than they were. If we lived in the days where public shaming were politically acceptable, no better candidates would there be than ‘C.H.’ and ‘J.J.’s’ parents. And while although I did appreciate and enjoy your article, might I make one simple request of you? I’m sure that now that the anniversary of beautiful Hailee’s death is upon us, that just maybe an article remembering what a beautiful young lady Hailee was would also be appropriate. An article remembering how wonderful, loving, giving and considerate Hailee was would be a good way for those of your readers who may not have had the privilege and honor of knowing Hailee Lambert. Hailee’s parents are still grieving and will be for a very long time to come. Every December and every Christmas without their beautiful daughter will be a sad reminder of their loss and the circumstances that caused that loss. Why not give them a gift, Ms. Viasmensky? Give them a gift of an article that celebrates their daughter’s beautiful spirit and a memory that just might accompany the painful one every Christmas holiday so that with the painful, maybe a healing one might be right beside it. Thank you for letting me make this suggestion. Sincerely, Mrs. Gloria Corder
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