Bullycide is a relatively new word used to describe a child who commits suicide as a result of being bullied.
Amanda Todd was a 15 year old girl who was tormented by bullies and ended her life. She could not escape the on going physical, verbal, social and cyber bullying. She made every attempt to change schools and move past her mistakes but nothing worked. Adults did not help. Even after a brutal attack of 50 children surrounding her, taunting and finally physically attacking her at school. Teachers broke it up too late and then never investigated or took action.
This beautiful, young women posted her story on facebook and a month later she committed Suicide. A cry for help that went unanswered. I wish her story was extreme. However, through reading and research I have discovered it is way more common than you might think.
Even if we experienced bullying as a child...Todays children have to deal with online bullying and the use of technology which bumps the bullying to a whole new level difficult for parents to understand.
The bully can now follow your child home and right into their bedroom. There is nowhere safe for these tortured kids. Bullying causes the child to feel shame, rejection and humiliation in such an intense manner it causes them to hurt themselves.
The Scary part is most parents are not aware of just how bad things are and what the consequences might be until it is too late.
It is a good idea for parents to make a point of knowing the warning signs.
We have been raised to believe “sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” A nasty bullying belief.
The truth is a bullied child feels rejection and lack of connection. They feel isolated and very alone. The words dig deeply into who they are and leave permanent scarring.
Bullycide does not just happen. A child cannot meet his needs and sees no end. Adults are perceived as not helping and nothing the child says or does makes any difference.
Kids who experience this become vulnerable to committing Suicide as a way of fighting back and making a statement that they do matter.
I am saddened just typing the words. It is disheartening knowing these children feel so tortured the only way out is to end their life at such a young age before life has really begun.
These kids will never graduate, marry and have kids. They will not travel and experience different cultures.
I believe our children deserve better than this. I think that is something we can all agree
on. It is so preventable. We can stop Bullycide by working together and getting these kids the help they need before it is too late.
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