Feb 15, 2014
Tempest Smith Day is February 20th. She died on that day in 2001. She was twelve years old. She died because of the incessant bullying she was subjected to in school. Part of the pretext for the bullying was that she had come to embrace Wicca.
At least one church has declared her a martyr, and a patron of victims of bullying.
This happened in a school district already infamous for anti-Wiccan discrimination, but so what? Bullying can and does happen everywhere. And it is not limited to schools, and it is not something that only happens to children and adolescents.
And something needs to be done!