Parents Warn Other Adults About The Danger Of Bullying At School After Their 12-Year-Old Son Committed Suicide
Nowadays, bullying happens in a lot of schools in the US. It’s a huge problem for our society because it takes the lives of our children away.
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The statistics on bullying is alarming
According to statistics reported in the US last year, nearly 30% of students are either bullies or victims of bullying.
Around 160,000 kids stay at home every day because of fear of being bullied.
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A tragic story of a 12-year-old boy from Memphis, Tennessee, who committed suicide because he was bullied in his school, is a vivid example of how dangerous this problem is.
Andy Leach’s case
Andy Leach was a Southaven 6-grader with the rest of his life ahead. He played saxophone and was a boy scout. His mother, Cheryl Hudson, says he was a fun-loving, sarcastic, and compassionate child.
However, she admits that her son has been bullied throughout the whole school year. She tells that in school bathrooms, children can even say horrible things like “you are not going to make it out of it alive.”
The mother tries to hold her tears:
I can't wrap my head around, what was going through my child's mind that was so bad at 12 years old that he felt he had to take his own life.
Andy’s 16-year-old brother, who admits that he also was a victim of bullying at school, found Andy, who has hung himself in their father’s garage.
Bullied because of sexual identity
Andy’s father, Matt Leach, says that allegedly, the bullying intensified after Andy came out as bisexual. Statistics may confirm that.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 34% of students who are lesbians, gays, or bisexuals have been bullied in schools; some of them have even been threatened with a weapon. And these are the cases they know. Imagine, how many of them are kept in secret.
Cheryl Hudson has vowed to fight against bullying with everything she has got. She gathers people of Memphis for a rally in memory of her son to prevent any further tragedies from happening.
There some important tips for parents to prevent bullying:
1. Talk to children about bullying before they experience it.
2. Exclude any kind of bullying in your own home.
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3. Teach your children how to cope with bullying.
4. Talk to school authorities in case you see a serious bullying problem and, perhaps, arrange a meeting with the bully’s parents.
5. Last but not least, talk with them more about everything. Try to become friends and not just parents.
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Let’s teach our children a good, worthy lesson. And most importantly, let’s be friends with them.
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