DEAR ABBY: I am a 12-year-old girl. My friend at school, "Mindy," is being made fun of by her so-called "friends." They tease and tease and tell Mindy they're "just kidding," but I can't help thinking they really ARE making fun of her. Please tell me how to stick up for my friend. -- CONCERNED IN MARYLAND
DEAR CONCERNED: You are a supportive friend. Since it's happening at school, report it to the principal -- because what those students are doing could be interpreted as harassment.
Kids can be cruel, but it does not have to be tolerated. Your friend -- and you -- should be able to get an education in a safe environment.