Jaime - posted on 05/10/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )
Today when I got home from my friend's place, I got a call from my cousin who told me about a suicide (that happened either today or yesterday) of a local teen. It turns out my cousin is good friends with someone that is close to the family and it was a result of the kid being bullied. I don't know much about the details of the case yet, and I'm not even certain of whether it was a male or female (although I'm pretty certain male), but what I do know is that it could have been prevented. The kid had been the target of bullies for quite some time I guess, but what I don't understand is why the parents and the school didn't see this coming? And more to the point, why wasn't anything pro-actively done to ensure that students had a place to turn to if they were faced with situations they felt they couldn't handle. Suicide at 13 years of age is hardly justifiable under any circumstances. A 13-year-old has an entire lifetime ahead of them and is only just beginning to understand the dynamics of social interaction. Yes, bullying is a powerful blow to self-esteem and confidence...but that's why we have support programs implemented in schools so that kids have an outlet. I am struggling to understand the pain and agony that this young child must have endured to lead him/her to such a drastic end to the suffering.
So, with that said, I am curious to know what others think about the schools that their children attend. Do you feel that the school offers enough support and awareness to the students? Where were the teachers when this child was being bullied and dragged around the school yard with their pants around their ankles? Where were the parents when their child was ending his/her life? What will become of the bullies whose actions most certainly led to such a tragic end? Who is going to really fight for these kids and put an end to the aggressive, destructive behaviour that most certainly leads to a lifetime of regret and sadness? This didn't have to happen, but now an entire town is shaken and no one has a clue where to go from here...