It’s a sad world when children are hanging themselves due to bullying.

It’s been all over the news lately. Children, two in the past weeks, both of them just 11-years old and in different parts of the country, hanging themselves because of brutal bullying, mostly about being gay. Another young man who was 17 when he committed suicide due to excessive bullying, family just pressed charges on his school system for not properly handling the bullying of their son. And all of these stories, one from Ohio, one from Georgia, and one local in Springfield, Mass. are truly tragic.

How is it that this type of bullying still happening? Don’t school districts remember the rash of school violence of the 1990’s and early 2000’s, most notably the incident at Columbine High School in Colorado, of angry children bringing guns to school due to the fact they were bullied and the schools did nothing about it? Do they want this disturbing trends to continue, of school violence and children suicide, to continue? Clearly, there needs to be more done, on the school’s behalf, the parents behalf, and even the child’s behalf to prevent this.

Here’s a link to the story… I was unable to post a comment on the story because it was in the Christian Post and I did not want to sign up for the website for my own personal reasons.

http://christianpost.com/Opinion/Columns/2009/04/-that-s-so-gay-the-deadly-consequences-of-bullying-22/

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4 Responses to It’s a sad world when children are hanging themselves due to bullying.

  1. John Byrnes says:

    Research has determined that from the Moment of Commitment (the point when a student pulls their weapon) to the Moment of Completion (when the last round is fired) is only 5 seconds. If it is the intent of a school district to react to this violence, they will do so over the wounded and/or slain bodies of students, teachers and administrators.

    Educational institutions clearly want safe and secure schools. Administrators are perennially queried by parents about the safety of their schools. The commonplace answers, intended to reassure anxious parents, focus on the school resource officers and emergency procedures. While useful, these less than adequate efforts do not begin to provide a definitive answer to preventing school violence, nor do they make a school safe and secure.

    Traditionally school districts have relied upon the mental health community or local police to keep schools safe, yet one of the key shortcomings has been the lack of a system that involves teachers, administrators, parents and students in the identification and communication process. Recently, colleges, universities and community colleges are forming Behavioral Intervention Teams with representatives from all these constituencies. Higher Education has changed their safety/security policies, procedures, or surveillance systems, yet K-12 have yet to incorporate Behavioral Intervention Teams. K-12 schools continue spending excessive amounts of money to put in place many of the physical security options. Sadly, they are reactionary only and do little to prevent aggression because they are designed exclusively to react to existing conflict, threat and violence. These schools reflect a national blindspot, which prefers hardening targets through enhanced security versus preventing violence with efforts directed at aggressors. Security gets all the focus and money, but this only makes us feel safe, rather than to actually make us safer.

    Some law enforcement agencies use profiling as a means to identify an aggressor. According to the U.S. Secret Service and the U.S. Department of Education’s report on Targeted Violence in Schools, there is a significant difference between “profiling” and identifying and measuring emerging aggression; “The use of profiles is not effective either for identifying students who may pose a risk for targeted violence at school or – once a student has been identified – for assessing the risk that a particular student may pose for school-based targeted violence.” It continues; “An inquiry should focus instead on a student’s behaviors and communications to determine if the student appears to be planning or preparing for an attack.” We can and must assess objective, culturally neutral, identifiable criteria of emerging aggression.

    For a comprehensive look at the problem and its solution, http://www.aggressionmanagement.com/White_Paper_K-12/

  2. samares1 says:

    I find this really scary to me. I have to younger brothers and it bothers me when anyone bullys or bothers them. One of my brother’s just shrugs people off but the other gets really annoyed and mad when people try to bully him. So when I read these stories it makes me think of my younger brothers and worries me. Kids can be really mean and the fact that the only way some students find to cope is suicide is sad. Parents and school officials need to really take bullying seriously and step in when they see any signes of it.

  3. braddurkin says:

    this story is really sad but it is stories like these that cause school systems to change, which is not how our society should run.

  4. aggressionmanagement says:

    It is sad, however, it is sadder that we too often limit ourselves to the term “bullying” when bullying only represent part of a continuum of aggression. It is only when we consider the entire continuum that we can identify an individual’s (any individuals regardless of age, gender, culture, education or hierarchy) emerging aggression, which research has shown as the only effective means to identify a shooter, suicide or otherwise. If you would like to know more, let me encourage you to read my new free white paper, which outline the problems in our schools and a possible real solution. We can and must prevent this events, not merely react to them.

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