This Has Got To Stop

WARNING:  This post is about teen bullying and suicide…read at your own risk.

One of the most important things I taught my daughter was tolerance and humanity.  The Golden Rule is important, and everyone should live by it.  I’ve also taught her not to be a bully, and to treat people with respect.  It is common sense for me to teach these things to my daughter.  When I see instances of people bullying other people, or being downright mean, I wonder what the hell their parents taught them.

I’m sure most of you have read the account of Tyler Clementi’s suicide.  A video was placed on the internet by his roommate, of Tyler in a very private situation.  It drove him to jump off the George Washington Bridge.

I remember Phoebe Prince.  Earlier this year, she hanged herself after being harassed at school by a group of kids.  She was also harassed through Facebook and text messaging.

And who can forget Megan Meier, the young girl who was harassed by her ex-friend’s mother of all people.  She hanged herself in her bedroom closet.

Bullying has been taken to a whole new level with the advent of the internet, but it’s always been there.  I get sick to my stomach when I hear of a teenager committing suicide because they have been incessantly bullied.  Bullying is abuse, plain and simple.  The victim of the crime suffers lifelong damage, IF they make it through it.  It is a shame that suicide due to bullying has become so common.  Bullies are disgusting little cretins, and they make me extremely angry.

Schools need to be more concerned with this issue.  Parents need to be more concerned with this issue.  It is up to us to stop this from happening.  Stop it IN IT’S TRACKS.  If you see it happening…say something, do something, don’t just ignore it.  Monitor your child’s internet usage and talk to them about what’s going on in their lives.  Make sure your children know that they can come to you with anything, anything at all.

Our children are precious.  They don’t deserve to be abused by anyone, including their peers.


2 Comments (+add yours?)

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  2. insaneheart09
    Oct 01, 2010 @ 18:15:53

    Thank you.


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