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Letter: Trump insensitive to harm of bullying

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the party's presumptive

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, the party's presumptive nominee, arrives at the Republican National Committee headquarters in Washington, D.C., on May 12, 2016. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Nicholas Kamm

Newsday recently published the results of a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in which bullying was called a serious public health problem [“Bullying called ‘serious public health problem,’ ” News, May 11].

The article went on to affirm that bullying should not be dismissed as simply “kids being kids” and that it is “not a normal part of childhood.”

Then Donald Trump’s take on bullying was reported in relation to his feud with Fox News’ Megyn Kelly.

He said, “You know it happens, right? But you gotta get over it” [“Trump to Kelly: Bullied, ‘get over it,’ ” News, May 17].

Trump’s dismissive attitude regarding the serious health issue of bullying speaks to his insensitivity and ignorance of the problem. He was right about one thing, though: Bullying does happen among adults, as well. This is yet another compelling reason to consider bullying a serious public health issue.

Victor Caliman

South Huntington