Bullying: Myth vs Fact
A simple Google search using the words “bullied to death” will bring up a depressingly long list of hits. So many children have been bullied to the point they felt they could no longer bear the weight of this word. Young lives snuffed out before they even recognize their own potential. Families devasted by a corruptness they may not have even realized had invaded their homes. Often, there is a differing opinion on what bullying is and how it affects our society.
Myth: Everyone gets bullied, it’s a part of growing up.
Fact: No one deserves to be bullied ever.
Truth: Beautiful Kristina Calco hung herself at just 15 years old after being bullied for years. Though she never spoke up she did leave behind journals and Myspace entries, along with screen shots the told the story of her suffering.
Myth: Being bullied builds character.
Fact: Being bullies tears down self-esteem.
Truth: Lovely Megan Meier hung herself at 13 (13!) after being bullied on Myspace by an adult posing as a student!
Myth: If someone can’t handle being bullied it’s because they’re weak.
Fact: Being bullied can be the straw that breaks the camels back. We don’t ever really know what others our dealing with.
Truth: Two little boys on different parts of the country hung themselves after being bullied.
I’m stopping here. My Google search brought back a staggering 10,700,000 hits when I searched “suicide after bullying”. I can barely breathe as I scan the headlines. It’s heart breaking. It’s infuriating. It’s absolutely ridiculous.
Parents, teachers, adults in the community; open your eyes! Get involved! Raise awareness! Our babies
are dying every day. Right now. For what? Please reach out to the children in your life. Please don’t let them suffer in silence until they look for a final way out.
Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 if you or someone you love is considering this.