Last night I was watching the local news and the reporters were discussing the death of a young girl that took her own life after years and years of bullying. Unfortunately, this story does not stand alone. It was so sad to see photos of this young, pretty girl smiling for the camera and clips of her family- heartbreak strewn across their faces.
The story didn't end there. A facebook page was established in her honor and within days it had been taken over by the most foul and terrifying messages I have ever read. People were/are actually taunting her in her death. I can't even believe my eyes. It's a full on battle between cyber bullies and people with hearts. Good vs. Evil, really. Why facebook will not take the page down is a whole separate issue.
It makes me feel really hopeless that there are people out there that would go even further than petty bullying.. to bully someone after they've died. I can't. It's sick.
That poor girl.. and just as heartbreaking- her family.
I was a victim of bullying when I was younger. I was a happy little 6th grader with lots of friends until 1 morning when the ring leader of the group (my best friend for years) turned everyone against me. My mom was there to bear witness.. it happened at the bus stop. No one talked to me for the rest of the year. Luckily, I found new, real friends who I am still close with today and also luckily for me- middle school came before the internet found it's way into homes or I'm sure it would have been worse.
I think what got me through the silent treatment and taunts was that my family knew about it and had my back. I cried every morning and begged my mom not to make me go to school, but I knew no matter what happened my sister, mom, and dad would be there. I don't know if I would have told my mom if she hadn't seen it herself. I don't think most kids that are bullied talk about it at all.
So I felt lucky today. Lucky that however miserable middle school was, it was 3 years out of my life, and I'm probably stronger for it.
Sadly, I don't see bullying coming to an end. I think there are ways of battling it though. I really don't know how things are being handled in schools today, but kids should be taught how to handle bullying. They should be taught to speak up and talk to someone.. a hotline, something. Silence doesn't solve anything.
I hope that the people out there that are being bullied today have the courage to ask for help.
And I hope help is given.