But many teens are required to return day after day to schools where they are ridiculed and taunted and sometimes physically abused by their classmates. School administrators are slow to respond to their distress and typically can offer few strategies for making the abuse stop.
Who's he kidding? School administrators aren't slow to respond. "Slow" implies a non-zero value for speed. The value is, in fact, zero. School administrators do not respond, at all to their students' distress.