'I just want them to stop ...' 

A four-year study finds a nightmare of abuse, bullying and sexual harassment for Latino students in some Little Rock schools, with reports of complaints falling on deaf ears. What's going on, and can anything be done to stop it?

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Still, Trevino-Richard said that he was troubled by the fact that he wasn't able to do more to help the students he spoke with during the study. If he can help Latino students in the district, he said, any repercussions he might feel will have been worth it. Many schools in the LRSD, he said, have become a "toxic environment" for Latino kids, where learning isn't the primary focus anymore.

"You're so concerned about your security that learning becomes a secondary issue," he said. "You can imagine for a young girl to be sexually harassed in the fourth or fifth grade, and then having to carry on classes for the rest of that day or see this kid [who harassed her]. This is an environment which can produce such a high level of alienation and disengagement from the process of learning that it actually impacts on the talent and potential of these kids."

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