PSYCHOLOGY

12-Year-Old Girl Commits Suicide After Months Of Cyberbullying. Her Desperate Parents Blame School

Date April 20, 2018

What makes children in the modern society commit suicides? How does it happen that neither parents nor school are able to prevent the tragedy until it’s too late?

For months, 12-year-old Mallory Grossman suffered from bullying at school, and no one could stop it. On a tragic day, her parents found Mallory dead. The girl killed herself.

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Black day for the Grossman family

Friends and family knew Mallory Grossman as a smart, kind, and joyful girl. She was a cheerleader at her Rockaway Township School in New Jersey. Mallory was rather popular in her surrounding and had a group of close friends. Looking at this sweet and full of life teenager, no one could imagine she was capable of committing suicide.

For several months, Mallory was cyberbullied by a group of girls from her school. They sent her threatening messages and taunts on Instagram and Snapchat. They called her a loser which no one would ever love. One of the girls even asked Mallory: “Why don’t you kill yourself?”

After months of bullying, Mallory was afraid to go to school. She made excuses, like a headache or stomach pain, just to stay at home.

Mallory’s parents saw something terrible was going on with their daughter. They spoke to the teachers and school administration, asking them to take measures to prevent mockery of their daughter. Unfortunately, the desperate parents heard only false promises.

Mallory’s mother, Dianne Grossman, spoke to the parents of girls who bullied her daughter. One of the mothers told her it was all just a “big joke” and she had nothing to be worried about. Sadly, she was wrong.

12-year-old Mallory Grossman killed herself. She couldn’t live in a constant fear and decided to take her own life.

The girl’s parents blame the school for Mallory’s death. They are convinced their daughter would have been alive if the school administration had taken the bullying of their daughter seriously. The family also started a movement called “Mal’s Army” which aims to raise awareness and to end this fatal cycle.

Cyberbullying and bullying at school: What parents need to know!

The number of children suicides has risen dramatically in recent decades. Nowadays, kids use social media more often than they talk to their friends in real life. This means cyberbullying can happen easily.

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If schools can combat bullying in hallways, classrooms, and playgrounds, the rise of the Internet and smartphones has made this challenge tougher. So, how to find out that your child suffers from cyberbullying?

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If a kid gets hurtful messages on purpose and on a regular basis, then it’s cyberbullying. But how to prevent a tragedy until it’s too late?

What to do? Steps to deal with it.

Here are some useful tips for parents to prevent bullying of their kids:

1. Talk to your child about cyberbullying. Explain what it really means.

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2. Practice social skills together.

3. Regularly ask a kid how he/she is doing at school. Pay attention to the kid’s emotions at that moment.

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4. Understand what modern devices your child uses for communication.

5. Make sure your kid doesn’t spend all his/her spare time in social media.

6. Teach your child to respect other people and to expect the same from them.

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Dear parents, please remember that cyberbullying is one of the most serious problems of the 21st century. Make sure your kids don’t suffer from this fatal ‘disease’ until it’s too late!

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