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Iowa newspaper runs rare, front-page editorial against bullying after teen commits suicide
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) ' An Iowa newspaper has devoted the entire front page of its Sunday edition to an anti-bullying editorial after a teen in its community committed suicide.
The move by the Sioux City Journal is highly unusual. Editor Mitch Pugh says the newspaper has run front-page editorials before but has never devoted the entire page to one.
The opinion piece calls on the community to be pro-active in stopping bullying. The editorial cites the death last week of Kenneth Weishuhn Jr., a freshman at South O'Brien High School in Paullina whose family says was bullied for being gay.
Pugh says the newspaper has a responsibility to be a strong community advocate, and Weishuhn's death and the opening of the movie "Bully," which features a Sioux City school, provided an opportunity.