I was deeply disturbed by the attack on Logann Pruneda at Bullard High by a cowardly male(s) who probably felt their masculinity threatened by a girl who likes girls. It made me think about the difference in courage and cowardice.
What do you have to do to be called a coward? Attacking a young girl in secret? Driving by and shooting someone and speeding away? Ganging up on someone who cannot fight back?
To do something that is wrong in secret or at a distance, hoping to come away unscathed by retaliation is cowardice, plain and simple.
Courage, the flip side of cowardice, is standing up for what is right and putting youself at risk, knowing that you might get hurt requires bravery. Standing up to a bully requires courage. Watching a bully in action and doing nothing is cowardice.
Logann has the courage to stand up for who she is, in spite of the bullies. She got hurt for her integrity, but is morally miles above her cowardly assailants and I, for one, admire and applaud her for her bravery.
Will someone who witnessed the incident have the courage to come forward? That is the stuff heroes are made of.
Harold Warner, Porterville