Katie Couric’s words which were broadcast during Monday night’s ABC 10News have caught the interest of children, teens, and parents. “People have their own different versions of events.”
During the short clip shown by San Diego’s local news channel on Monday, October 1, 2012, Katie Couric gave a preview of her October 2, 2012 “Katie” show which is dedicated to “Bullying: A National Epidemic”.
The show airs on Tuesday at 4 p.m. on ABC and one of Katie Couric’s guests is Katie Uffens, a San Diego teenager who left high school because of the “Kill Katie Klub.” As Katie Couric mentions, there are different versions of one story.
For Nick Aguirre, one of the two teens involved in the incident, the “bullying” version is different. “Kill Katie Klub …we never had any intentions to hurt anybody.” (Kill Katie Klub). According to ABC’s broadcast on Monday night, Nick Aguirre and the other teen could be facing potential misdemeanor charges.
Katie Couric’s website introduces her Tuesday’s “Katie” show with the words,
“An unforgettable episode all about bullying, featuring exclusive interviews with two incredible young women. First, we will meet Whitney Kropp, who thought she was on top of the world when she was elected to her high school’s homecoming court, just to be crushed when she found out it was all a joke. Then, Katie talks to Katie Uffens, a San Diego teenager ,who was forced to dropped out of school after finding out her classmates were plotting to kill her. It’s a show every parent and every teen needs to watch.”
Katie Uffens’ story of being bullied at Westview High School has not only become a national story but also an ageless story.
On October 1, 2012, one of the comments left on Katie Couric’s website shows that bullying knows neither space nor time.
“Katie- This is a serious topic and thanks for bringing it to light. Bullying is not just an issue for kids but also for adults. My husband is 32 and recently had a major stroke from the stresses of bullying at his corporate job. Not one person in the world deserves to go through the stresses from a bully. We are now suffering the aftermath of bullying and it is a tremendous battle.”
Besides a heart-broken wife, a desperate mother writes,
“My 15y daughter tried to commit. Suicide. Last week because kids at her HS was bullying her by text, cybor, and in person…. I need help, she is very important. To me and the HS is acting like its not that bad…. please help me!!! Mother in tears!!!”
While Katie Couric’s introduction to her new “Katie” show is interesting, the comments posted by readers on the website are even more captivating and emphasize the need for everyone to listen. It is the voices of those everyday people and the expression of their pain due to bullying that makes this show indeed something that “every parent and every teen needs to watch.”
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