The Failing of a Town


“A nation’s greatness is measured by how it treats its weakest members.” Mahatma Ghandi

A couple of weeks ago I read a report of two teenage suicides in Livingston, Montana. Livingston is a town of 7,000 people known as the windiest town in Montana and being nestled in the mountains a stones throw from Yellowstone National Park. Livingston is also only 100 miles from where I live, so this hits home for me.


The one case that has been getting the most attention is that of seventeen year old Deon Gillen.

Nearly two years before 17-year-old Deon Gillen took his own life Feb. 14, his parents sued the Livingston School District saying officials didn’t do enough to protect their son from a long pattern of brutal bullying from his classmates. The assaults and harassment Gillen suffered while a student at Sleeping Giant Middle School were so severe and prolonged, the boy was diagnosed…

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