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Bullying is not something that happens just in someone else's neighborhood, or in someone else's school district.

Bullying happens right here in McHenry County, sometimes with deadly consequences. We don't want to write about more children killing themselves because they no longer could take the bullying.

"Confronting the Bully" is a special Northwest Herald report on bullying in McHenry County and what we can do to stop it.

Over the past several months, we've talked to victims of bullying, and family members of bullying victims. We've talked to educators, counselors and other experts. We surveyed administrators of dozens of McHenry County schools. We'll report our initial findings in a four-day series Sept. 26 through Sept. 29. But our reporting will not end with the series.

"Confronting the Bully" will be a year-round project. Please join us on this journey.

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