As a mental health advocate and volunteer blogger for ISEPP, while it is always heart wrenching to post stories involving the suicide death of our U.S. soldiers and young students, it is heartwarming to know that a growing number of concerned individuals, organizations, celebrities and mental health professionals are making an urgent call for action to put an end to the hidden epidemic taking the lives of so many young individuals.
This page serves as a New Year’s Day Remembrance for those who have served in our military, or endured bullying and may have committed suicide during 2011.
2011 Suicides Involving Bullying
“Even if it saves one kid … just remember there are family members behind you and that tomorrow will be better,” said Sandy Maxwell.
“Just don’t bully people. What’s the sense of it. Put yourself in their shoes,” said Maxwell’s father Shane Maxwell. Click here to read more.
A slumber party in Minnesota ended in tragedy when two eighth grade girls fulfilled a suicide pact, killing themselves and leaving behind suicide notes telling their families that they loved them.
Haylee Fentress, left, and Paige Moravetz, both eighth graders at Marshall Middle School in southwest Minnesota, were found together in a home in Island Lake Township, around 6:30 a.m. Saturday, April 16, 2011. Two 14-year-old girls left a note saying goodbye to friends and family before taking their own lives as a result of bullying.
Haylee’s aunt, Robin Settle stated: “I’m shocked and I’m mad and I’m sad…I don’t understand the mentality of kids torturing other kids, kids having to go through this. They don’t think they have anywhere to go to,” Settle told ABC News.com.
Settle said that her niece, Haylee, had been the victim of bullying after moving to Minnesota from Indiana with her mother and 8-year-old brother.
“She was made fun of for being overweight, her red hair,” Settle said. “She posted on my [Facebook] wall that she really wanted to come back…that the people were mean and cruel and she didn’t fit in.”
Tragic: Paige Moravetz, apparently planned the suicide with her friend Haylee Fentress for weeks Read more
Her body was discovered just 80 yards from her house near Palestine, East Texas, after she went missing from a neighborhood barbecue.
Following a weeks-long investigation, an autopsy has now revealed the second-grader died from suicide by hanging.
Nicholas Kelo, a student in Akron, Ohio, shot himself dead on Feb. 23, 2011 at the age of 13. His mother suspects Nick may have gone for a gun because he was bullied after classmates began suspecting he was gay before he joined band.
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On the surface, 10-year-old Ashlynn Connor was a happy-go-lucky girl.”Ashlynn Conner was a classic, small-town, All-American girl — an honor roll student who loved cheerleading and stray cats and dreamed of becoming a veterinarian.”But she also carried with her the torment of bullies, who called her names at school and in her neighbourhood of Ridge Farm, Illinois.On Thursday, Ashlynn pleaded with her mother to allow her to be home schooled to escape Ridge Farm Elementary – and Stacy Conner refused.The next day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2011, she was dead, having hanged herself. Her body was found by one of her siblings.
“Children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied – and bullied bad – in school,” Shaw said.
Jasmine was picked on at Chadbourne Elementary School, West said, noting other children teased her about her clothes or her shoes. She left the school for a while and dreaded having to return about a month ago, her mother said.
“It’s a shame that kids are that cruel. It really is,” West said, noting that she never knew how badly Jasmine had been tormented.
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Jamey Rodemeyer, a 14-year-old boy from Williamsville, NY, took his life Sunday, September 18, 2011 after what his parents claim was years of bullying because of struggles with his sexuality.
His parents, Tracy and Tim Rodemeyer, say that Jamey faced bullies for years, though things intensified in middle school, according to NBC 2. Jamey recently became a freshman at Williamsville North High School.
In the wake of their loss, the Rodemeyers hope to carry on a message of anti-bullying and acceptance. “To the kids who are bullying they have to realize that words are very powerful and what you think is just fun and games isn’t to some people, and you are destroying a lot of lives,” Jamey’s father told WIVB.
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Bullying: Words Can Kill
September 16, 2011 9:09 PM
A “48 Hours” special on bullying in the digital age. Tracy Smith reports.
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
- Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
- to understand, than to be understood;
- to love, than to be loved.
- For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
- It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
- It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life.