And yet still, most readers don't see bullying as a problem.
Anyone who has ever said that bullying is "normal childhood behaviour", "character building" or makes you driven later in life, shouldn't have children.
Indeed. The thread has drawn out quite the crop of cunts, thankfully languishing in the "worst rated" section but still.
This is truly tragic. However, I'm not yet convinced this poor girl killed herself as a result of bullying. There are at least two other recent similar tragedies where very young girls have killed themselves due to "bullying". These stories were splashed all over the news only to be debunked by police who said neither suicide was connected to bullying. Of course bullying is bad but I'm' skeptical until there is some concrete evidence... Saddest part is these suicides often have a copycat quality and I'm concerned for other young people who get wind of these types of stories.
- clare m, alexandria, va, usa, 10/3/2012 12:12
Suicides with similar motives are "copycat" now. Also I never heard of the police "debunking" any recent bullying-related suicides - anyone care to shed light?
I was made fun of all through school. It makes me wonder why today's youth can't handle it.
- Becky, Cincinnati, OH, USA, 10/3/2012 7:15
The "today's children are soft" meme is very much alive, then.
A very sad story and one where it is easy to feel anger toward the bullies. I think bullying, although wrong, is normal behavior. It happens throughout the animal kingdom and is the same with children. Finding the natural pecking order of life is what we all do. It can either make or break you. Rip.
- paulingrad, U.K., 10/3/2012 9:33
A bit lost for words on this one really. Most of the ones I can find are "cunt."