Beyond Sad

Another teenager commits suicide because of unrelenting bullying. I'm beyond sad and angry right now...i didn't know this girl, but she was on my neice's cheering team....she posted a youtube video about how she was feeling...the tears were flowing as i watched it. She was pursued from town to town, city to city...................i just want to ask these bullies if they are proud of their accomplishment, i want to ask them if they feel better now that she's gone.........
I was bullied myself in school...never to this degree, but those memories never, ever go away..

R.I.P Amanda - may all your dreams and wishes come true for you now...i am personally so sorry you felt this was what you had to do ((hugs))
prettyinpink prettyinpink 46-50, F 1 Response Oct 12, 2012

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It's been in the news lately, I know. The issue was discussed at length in the House of Commons in Ottawa too, so hopefully something with some teeth will come out of that. As a father of an 8-year-old, I want to protect my daughter from threats and harassment from her peers when she gets older, but am worried my efforts won't be enough to prepare her.

I lived in Victoria when Reena Virk was killed in '97 by her classmates -- another case of bullying that went way too far -- and it shook the whole community. I was bullied in school too. It's something I wouldn't wish on anyone. I don't know what the world's come to, that kids and young adults are so relentless. Social media hasn't done them any favours as far as bullying is concerned either.

If anything, at least it's being discussed publicly a lot more, and there are campaigns and hot-lines out there to help with bullying. I would like to believe that lots of children are using these, but none of it feels like it's working when there's news of another suicide.