Bullying. By: Rebecca Steimel, Julie Finney, Lauren Dorman. Bullying: Why is it Important?.
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By: Rebecca Steimel, Julie Finney, Lauren Dorman
Each day an estimated 160,000 students in the USA refuse to go to school because they dread the physical and verbal aggression of their peers. Many more attend school in a chronic state of anxiety and depression. It’s reported that 6 out of 10 American youth witness bullying at least once a day.
We hope that by reading this disturbing information that you will see why it is very important to be an advocate for bullying and help put a stop to it. One of these students could be your child!
Carl was an 11 year old boy who committed suicide because of excessive bullying in school about being gay. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover hanged himself in 2009 because he was bullied on a daily basis. Bullies would repeatedly call him gay after school. His mother Sirdeaner Walker pleaded to the school to address the problem and they did nothing about it. One day after school she found Carl hanging from an extension cord, just before she was about to leave for a meeting with the school about the problem. Carl’s mother Sirdeaner is now an advocate for bullying. She has started the website stand together, where people go and sign up to take the pledge to stand together against bullying. As of now there are 185,982 people who have taken the pledge to stand together.
Sarah was a 12 year old girl from Hardy Arkansas who committed suicide in 2009 because of cyber bullying. Sarah had just been voted Queen at her school fall festival. Sarah like many other teens had a myspace account. Her mother was a friend on her myspace and she would often get on her daughters account to make sure she was being safe. Sarah’s mother started seeing mean messages saying that she was a slut. The last message that Sarah read on her myspace page “It basically said that she was easily forgotten, and that she was just a stupid little naive girl and nobody would miss her.“ Sarah wanted to stay home one day when her family was going out to run errands, when they family returned home they found that Sarah had hung herself and left a suicide note saying that she couldn’t handle what people were saying about her anymore.
These two stories are heartbreaking stories about young children who took their lives because of being bullied. These are not the only stories out thereabout young children committing suicide because of bullying. There are tons of other stories similar to Carl’s and Sarah’s. We hope that by reading these stories that you understand the importance of bullying and what it can do to people. We also hope that you find a special place in your heart for bullying and that you will become an advocate for bullying!