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Old 01-23-2010, 06:35 PM
 
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I just read about a 9 year old 4th grader in the Dallas area who apparently hung himself in a school bathroom this past week. How terribly sad.

Friends, family stunned by apparent suicide of 9-year-old at Colony school | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:12 PM
 
Location: North Carolina
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so sad. I can not even fathom what the family must be going through right now
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Old 01-23-2010, 08:50 PM
 
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My best friend committed suicide with his father's gun when he was 10.
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Old 01-24-2010, 12:22 AM
 
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I just read about a 9 year old 4th grader in the Dallas area who apparently hung himself in a school bathroom this past week. How terribly sad.

Friends, family stunned by apparent suicide of 9-year-old at Colony school | News for Dallas, Texas | Dallas Morning News | Latest News
I'd bet my last dime it's one of two things: Bullying or screwed up meds.

Very tragic.
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Old 01-24-2010, 05:54 AM
 
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I'd bet my last dime it's one of two things: Bullying or screwed up meds.

Very tragic.
You are right. This is so terrible. From a different article:

Many now struggle to understand exactly how this happened. Friends and those who knew the boy said that he was often teased. "He was just bullied too much," Blackwell said. "Some of the things that people would say were harsh."
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Old 01-24-2010, 06:36 AM
 
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You are right. This is so terrible. From a different article:

Many now struggle to understand exactly how this happened. Friends and those who knew the boy said that he was often teased. "He was just bullied too much," Blackwell said. "Some of the things that people would say were harsh."
Wow. Just sickening.

I don't remember bullying being the epidemic it now is, back when I was in school 40 years ago. I sincerely hope that doesn't mean that I was one of the bullies.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:12 AM
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When my daughter started jr. high (7th grade, we didn't have "middle school") an assembly was held for the parents letting them know the school was taking a stance against bullying and that the anti-bullying message would be strongly preached and defended throughout the school system, and it was. Maybe more schools have to adopt that approach.

This is terribly sad.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:22 AM
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Wow. Just sickening.

I don't remember bullying being the epidemic it now is, back when I was in school 40 years ago. I sincerely hope that doesn't mean that I was one of the bullies.
It was. I was one of those kids who was always picked on and made fun of. It was awful. I can remember vascillating between thinking about stabbing myself while at the same time being afraid that I would.

I'll tell you how much it stays with a kid. When I was in sixth grade, one of the boys decided to choose who was the ugliest girl in the class. It was me, and my "best friend" HAD to relay this information to me, of course.

I left that world behind years ago, but last year I heard that the boy who so elected me dropped dead of a heart attack at the age of 50...and I was glad to hear it. I don't feel great about being happy over someone's death, but when I heard his name that was the first memory that came to mind.
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:25 AM
 
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We live in the Dallas area. Bullying is a major problem here. My daughter is a victim of it. I have had to fight to get them to do the little they have, even though a policy is written out.

I wonder if the principal at our school will now change her "blame the victim" mentality... but probably not. More than likely, this will be ignored, the bullying aspect swept under the rug.

I hope the kids who were bullying this boy and their parents are at the very least, holding themselves responsible and doing something about their behavior!
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Old 01-24-2010, 07:36 AM
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We live in the Dallas area. Bullying is a major problem here. My daughter is a victim of it. I have had to fight to get them to do the little they have, even though a policy is written out.

I wonder if the principal at our school will now change her "blame the victim" mentality... but probably not. More than likely, this will be ignored, the bullying aspect swept under the rug.

I hope the kids who were bullying this boy and their parents are at the very least, holding themselves responsible and doing something about their behavior!
So do I. That's at least would be some good that could come out of this.
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