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April 12, 2010

Letters to the Editor: April 8, 2010

I know Tony

I am writing regarding the situation with Tony Pacherille and Wes Lippitt, especially regarding the ``hate crime’’ aspect that has been incorrectly portrayed.

I’ve known Tony since 4th grade, and if there’s anybody who has been racially discriminated against, it’s him. He has been made fun of countless times and had to suffer a barrage of daily insults for years regarding his heritage and background.

For the simple fact that Tony is Italian, a group of people at school have felt the need to make fun of him about it. Tony never gave anyone a reason to be mean to him, yet people constantly are.

I would also like to point out that I’m one hundred percent sure Tony never singled out Wes. It is a simple fact of nature that when one begins to run, the pursuer will chase him. This is the case with Wes. Tony was in such an irrational state of mind that he would have pursued anybody that went in that direction. It just happened to be Wes.

I moved from Cooperstown Central School after my freshmen year, after having attended it for seven years. Bullying will never be reported to the administration, and even if it is, the student will just get verbally abused even more because of the fact that they told.

Tony was bullied for years and knew he had to take it, because if he ever said anything it would only get worse.

This does not excuse what Tony did, but it does provides a much more truthful explanation of what went on for years and why he finally snapped.

I encourage any students at Cooperstown that know Tony was bullied at school to speak to the Pacherille’s lawyer and help bring justice to a sad boy who finally broke.

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