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Ending Violence

In the article “Sex Harassment Law Applies to Students in Grades 4-12" (Jan. 18), principal Jeanne Hon of Hollywood High School said the law was not needed--at least at her school. “If a guy abuses a girl here, he will probably get his head knocked off. Most girls can handle themselves,” Hon said. “If not, they’ve got boyfriends, brothers and fathers.” I find these statements horrific.

Parents and law enforcement officials are looking for ways to stop violence in our society. And here we have a school principal who believes a nonviolent way for young women to empower themselves is unnecessary. The statement referring to the “girls” going to males for help is perpetuating a sexist society dominated by males through violence, which is where sexual harassment originates.

WILLIAM J. KOLAR

Santa Ana

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