Thursday, October 7, 2010

A Tribute to Children Who Committed Suicide Because of Bullying

Cyber Bullying is getting out of control. Parents and teachers should step up if they see a child who is being bullied or their child is a bully. Some parents don't want to admit their child is a bully or think their child is doing harm to another child by being a bully. Too many teachers and parents say "It's just kids being kids." Times have changed and bullies have more venues to harass and embarrass other children. They can make a child's or a teen's life seem unbearable. Children and teens who have taken their life because they were victims of bullying.  These are just a few of our children who have took their lives in 2010 because of bullying.  We can all do something. Something is better than just sitting by and doing  nothing.

JOSHUA, Texas (CBS/KTVT/AP) Bullying may have claimed the life of another student. Jon Carmichael took his own life Sunday after some say he was bullied by bigger classmates.
Ty Smalley shot himself after he was suspended from school for fighting. Ty's father says he was a victim of bullying and was tired of fighting.
The parents of Asher Brown, an eighth-grader who committed suicide last Thursday, say that their son killed himself in response to relentless antigay bullying at his Houston school.
Megan Meier, 13, began receiving nasty messages from a boy after a few weeks of an online flirtation with him, via her MySpace account, ending with one that suggested “the world would be a better place” without her. Megan, believing she had been rejected by "Josh," committed suicide in her home.
"He used to say Mom they keep telling me this ... this gay word, this gay, gay, gay. I'm tired of hearing it, they're telling me the same thing over and over," she told CNN, as she wiped away tears from her face. Jaheem was hanging by his belt in the closet by his mother and his sister.

In Massachusetts, another student, 15-year-old Phoebe Prince, committed suicide after she was mercilessly harassed for months, something that school administrators knew about but did not stop.

Seth Walsh, a 13-year-old boy from Tehachapi, California, has committed suicide after being bullied by classmates over his sexual orientation.

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