Trying to regain hope in a time of fear and uncertainty

As the election polls started closing on Nov. 8, most of America was in a state of utter shock, as a presidential candidate who so easily stoked the flames of racism, sexism, xenophobia and misogyny was suddenly trust into the office of the presidency. A mere eight years after a movement for hope and change […]

Family accepts $1 mil. claim against school district after suicide

The family of 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu, who died by suicide Dec. 3, 2014, accepted $1 million to settle their claim against the Folsom Cordova Unified School District “for failing to protect their son … from pervasive bullying which led him to,” a statement said. Ronin was targeted by school bullies with “anti-gay attacks for being […]

Ohio teen’s death raises issue of racial bullying

On Dec. 11, 2014, Emilie Grace Olsen of Hamilton, Ohio took her own life. She left no note, but had messaged friends her final goodbyes earlier by phone. Her father, Marc Olsen, said he had told his 13-year-old daughter’s school about potential bullying she was facing. Emilie, who was adopted from China in 2002, was […]

Let’s Talk: About ‘Stigma’

It’s a strange word, “stigma.” In preparing to write this column for the Day of Remembrance issue, this word came up on several occasions. On further research, I learned that the archaic meaning of “stigma” was “a mark made by a branding iron on the skin of a criminal or slave.” It’s a term that […]

Celebration of life held for youth who took his life after being bullied

FOLSOM, Calif. — Nearly 600 people gathered in the main auditorium of Lakeside Church in Folsom, Calif. Jan. 10 to attend the celebration of life service for 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu, who took his own life Dec. 3, after years of being bullied. Among those who attended were Ronin’s family and friends, as well as members […]

Bullied 12-year-old Japanese American takes his life

FOLSOM, Calif. — On Dec. 10, about 15 community members and Folsom Middle School parents attended one of three meetings held at the school addressing the death of 12-year-old Ronin Shimizu, who took his own life Dec. 3. According to Folsom Cordova Unified School District Public Information Officer Daniel Thigpen, the meetings served as a […]