Iolan reflects on youthful struggles

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February 22, 2012 - 12:00 AM

For 67 years Don Hillbrant has carried the torment of having been a victim of severe bullying when a youth at Iola Junior High.

“I don’t really like to talk about it,” Hillbrant, 82, said Monday morning. “But I figure I’m here on this Earth only a short time more and perhaps if it can help raise awareness, then it will continue my battle to help the ‘downed.’”

When he was in ninth grade, Hillbrant became the target of a gang of five classmates who regularly harassed him, including physically humiliating acts. 

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