Bullying affects every youth around the world as you will read in this post by Amy Reese Writes. There is help for bullying even if you think it is not possible…reach out to a trusted adult, call a help line…Here is a number in Canada 1 800 668 6868 but the website gives lots of information and the on line counselling is an area where youths see that they are not alone. http://kidshelpphone.ca which is part of http://www.childhelplineinternational.org/about/ check this latter link for resources around the world for youths.
We had a terrible tragedy happen this past month in my community. A former student at my son’s school took his life because of cyberbullying. His name was Ronin Shimizu, and he was twelve years old. He was the only boy on a cheerleading squad, which I suspect is the source of some of the bullying. Out of respect to his family, I have not sought out any further details. What I know is enough. This was a senseless tragedy and my heart breaks over it.
Kids acting cruel to each other, misunderstanding, not accepting, and to what end? Do people feel better about themselves by hurting others? Anonymity does not give anyone permission to be hurtful and irresponsible. Insults given over time in large doses shared among the masses can do serious damage, inflicting wounds unseen on the other end of a screen.
I did not know Ronin before this happened, and my son had never met…
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