Dear Editor: I was glad to see the focus on the needs of girls of color in the schools (“Madison's African-American teen girls need our help”). However, it is wrong to invoke a double standard implied by terms like “girl fight.” Girls who do not feel safe deserve help. This is not all new. My sister nearly got beat up by another girl, walking home from junior high in the late 1970s, and both were white. Also, it's not only those with behavior problems who need help. Sometimes the quiet ones are hurting most of all.

Barbara Smith


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