Guys, I know this is going to piss some of you off but I don't think we should be firing school boards over issues like this. If someone is negligent then maybe action is required but generally speaking the school board is between a rock and a hard place.
I understand that these are horrible situations and every time I hear a story like Seth's it breaks my heart. No child should ever feel so alone that suicide is an answer. EVER.
That being said it almost seems like schools are becoming our scapegoat. So often the school is blamed for a child's death. Bullying will ALWAYS happen, no matter the rules. I am almost certain every last one of us have both been bullied and did some bullying as a child.
It is unfortunate that teachers often get blamed (and yes I know they are not all wonderful people and some of them do turn a blind eye when they shouldn't). Most teachers genuinely care about their students but they also feel helpless. Yes they could step in and stop bullying...but only in the schools. What happens to these teachers when they do step in but the bullying moves out of school and gets more severe? How are the supposed to cope when they blame themselves for "not doing enough" and they find out the rest of the community blames them too.
I do want to see bullying end, but you know what, realistically, it won't. What we need to do is make sure kids have a safe place and feel comfortable talk to an adult about their issues.
TL;DR: Yes there needs to be some changes in schools, however we also need to worry about our communities, and society in general to make sure that children do not feel helpless. Support groups, community centres, anti-bullying campaigns, help lines, etc. The list goes on and we need to stop focusing on finding blame and spend time finding solutions.