Bullied Kids Commit Suicide: Is A 'No-Suicide Pact' Enough?
- 2010/03/31 18:54:56
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Here's a better idea: how about a ZERO TOLERANCE policy of bullying on any level at any school any time in this country. If the teacher truly knew his student was getting harassed by another classmate every day, then the teacher's duty should have been to protect the bullied child. If the 8-year-old boy had actually killed himself, then his blood would have not only been on the bully's hands, but the teacher's hands and the school officials' hands (because they repeatedly ignored the mother's complaints that her son was being bullied).
How awful must it have been for an 8-year-old to want to end his life?
That's not normal. That's not OK. A child shouldn't
even understand what suicide means.
This second grade boy in Texas is not the first to consider suicide as a result of bullying. Other children and teens have successfully taken their own lives because of being bullied. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, 11, hung himself after being bullied in 2009. Phoebe Prince, 15, was bullied, attacked and even sexually assaulted by a group of teenagers. As a result, she hung herself on Jan. 14. Thankfully, nine of the students were indicted this week, though one mother doesn't think her child's name calling deserves punishment. (Way to go mom! Way to teach your daughter to dodge responsibility.)
Of course, suicide should never be the answer to life's problems, even bullying. Parents should discuss this with their children as well as pay attention to their children's fears, complaints, changes in behaviors, etc. If parents think a signed contract will help, then so be it. Personally, I don't know that the contract would hold any weight, especially if the fear of going to school and getting ridiculed and bullied every day seems worse than taking your own life. I think the bigger problem here is bullying.
Instead of having children sign a "no-suicide" pact, parents and school officials need to have children sign a "no-bullying" contract. Better yet, have the teachers sign a contract not to allow bullying. Students who breach the contract should be expelled and teachers who breach their contract should get fired. End of story.
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