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Another Casualty of Teen Bullying

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

I am fortunate/unfortunate enough to live in a small neighborhood that is a very tight-knit community. The houses in this neighborhood are too close together for comfort at times. I know nearly all of the neighbors by name, and because of how close together the houses are, I know quite a bit about their lives, as well.

This is a primarily low-income neighborhood, but you can't beat the sense of community in here. When times are good and bad, my neighbors are there.

Unfortunately, everyone's in a bit of mourning right now. A boy that used to live here took his life. It's just so tragic. He was only 13 years old. Unlike most of the other young teen boys in this neighborhood, he was such a great kid. I can't think of any complaints that anyone had about him. He was very athletic and loved animals, especially our guinea pig, Coco.

My kids are much younger than him, so we didn't know him well. As a stay-at-home mom, I know most of the kids in here pretty well. I don't want to speak out of turn, but his life was pretty rough here. I had hoped when he moved that his life would be better. He was so full of potential and I wish that he had reached out to someone before it was too late.

My kids have heard the other neighbor kids talking about it and I'm doing my best to answer their questions. It's hard to explain bullying and suicide to a 4 year old and 6 year old.
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  • v MARYANNSQUEST
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    Mary Ann
    1161 days ago
  • v SIMONEKP
    That's terrible, my daughter was a victim of bullying and it took me threatening to sue the school and to slap the hell out of the kid himself to get it resolved. I know that threatening to hit a kid is totally wrong but after 3 years and repeated attempts to engage his parents in a discussion, I was at my wits end. I would absolutely do it again because at the end of the day, the well being of kid is more important than anything else.
    1162 days ago
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    1162 days ago
  • v GETTINGSLIM69
    What a horrible loss. It's so sad because the young ones don't realize eventually things will look up, but how can you look towards tomorrow when you can't get through today? Will keep you, your children and neighborhood in thought and prayer.
    1208 days ago
  • v ALDAHLQUIST
    My heart aches for you. There are so many things we try to shield our children from, but the world keeps changing, and we can't shelter them from everything. Keep reminding the kids that they are loved, and there's no problem so big that it can't be solved together. emoticon
    1208 days ago
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