Adolescent years are difficult for everyone. For some, this time in life is much harder than it is for others. That’s because some young people are subjected to bullying. We have learned a lot about bullying in recent years. We used to think that it was just a ‘normal’ part of growing up and not something with which to be overly concerned. Thanks to dedicated study and research, we now know that bullying has a tangible effect on those who are forced to endure it. Sometimes the effects of bullying can be tragic. While nothing has been determined by law enforcement, bullying is a suspected impetus of a suicide that was committed by a boy in New York last week. He was 13 years old.
According to this story that was published over the weekend, a 13-year-old boy hanged himself on Thursday. He was a student at a Catholic school in Staten Island. He left a suicide note that described bullying from five other boys that was constant. The note went so far as to state that the boy had told his teachers about the bullying but that nothing was done in response.
The Brooklyn Archdiocese issued a statement declaring that they take bullying very seriously, but the boy’s father is understandably dissatisfied. The New York Police Department is investigating the situation. In the meantime, the boy’s family has set up a GoFundMe page in order to give him a proper memorial and to raise bullying awareness.
As the world of research began to dig into bullying, it found some startling statistics. BullyingStatistics.org has published several of them, including:
These are obviously very troubling statistics, and it should be noted that not all cases of bullying are even reported.
Bullying has become such a problem that the federal government has published a Web site designed to help people learn more about it. If you have children or work with young people, the warning signs of bullying, from StopBullying.gov, are of particular importance. These warning signs include:
There are others, but if you notice any potential problem with a child, do something about it.
If you sense that bullying is occurring and those in an immediate position of authority fail to act with appropriate urgency, do not give up. Instead, continue to make noise about the problem and do not let it rest. Contact law enforcement if necessary and do so before it’s too late. If you need other forms of help, they are available. The children’s rights lawyers at The Gomez Law Firm understand how to help people facing this very difficult situation. Contact us to schedule a free initial consultation if you’re not getting the help you need. We hope that people continue to become more aware of this terrible societal problem and get involved with minimizing its presence in our culture.Posted in: Children's Rights
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