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concerned

Raleigh, NC

#58 Oct 11, 2012
sally can we get paid wrote:
why did you have to put her name on here her family going thur alot that was dam ass move you dum ass???
Prayers for the family. I don't know why people make a big ordeal out of not saying who this precious girl was. It's in the democrat this week so weather you find out today or yesterday everyone will know. Whoever the bullies were should be punished for this. They pushed this little girl to the limit. Keep praying that the bullying stops before something like this happens again. Talk with your kids and let them know it's not ok to make fun of or pressure others.
bolbobaggins

El Centro, CA

#59 Oct 11, 2012
It is who shot THEIR selves, not who shot there.
Go back to school.
out of here

United States

#60 Oct 11, 2012
No matter what the circumstances, this child should be here and isn't. I feel for the family though I do not know them. If bullying was the case then more needs to be done besides wearing an orange shirt to school. Our children need to be protected from anyone and everyone, guns too. They do not tell what goes on in every little aspect of their lives and we should not assume that they do. This is another child lost between whatever and whatever. Parents cannot watch their children 24/7. What we can do it be there for them and talk to their friends.
Kyleigh

United States

#61 Oct 11, 2012
The circumstances of this horrible situation has no significance. The fact is a child took their life believing that was the last resort to end her pain. I cannot imagine what she was going thru to have to do that, but whether it was troubles at home or at school, she was still a child. Pray for that little girl's family to ease their pain, pray that she is in Heaven with our Lord, feeling no more sorrow or pain; getting on the Internet to make the situation worse, shame on you. I did not know the girl or family personally, but I am praying hard. Much love to the Ballinger family. God Bless.
Just to clarify

Mount Sterling, KY

#62 Oct 11, 2012
Everyone keeps making a huge deal out of the bullying aspect of this. If you read the story in the paper this week, you would see that she left a note and the bullying was the least factor in her reason. I believe it had to do with some things going on at home. Whatever the reason, this child was lost too soon, and we should be praying for her family if you are a praying person. I would like to say to Josie that we should not be too quick to assume that ALL kids are disrespectful and dress like hookers, and have no rules at home. Because I can tell you that I have a daughter this age, she was a classmate of this childs, and she is not rude and hateful and disrespectful, she does not dress like a hooker, and she has rules at home. I can also tell you that her friends are very much like her, they are not all bad kids without discipline. Most of the kids I see, and I see a lot as an employee of the school system, a sub to be exact, and most of the kids are not disrespectful, they are good kids. There are a few that need some manners, and need a lesson in respect, but those are not the majority. People are so quick to beg for punishment for the kids that bullied her, but we would not dream of punishing her family anymore than they already have been, and her home life was the reason behind her suicide. I do feel that the bullying issue needs to be addressed, and I hope that if nothing else comes from this, atleast perhaps there will be a few more people to take notice and try to make a difference. I know that it has been a problem for a long time, and whether this child took her life over bullying or not, we need to make some serious changes. These kids need to learn from the adults in their lives ( PARENTS TOO!!) that bullying is not ok. People are very quick to blame teachers, but I have seen plenty of parents bullying other adults, so we need to address this issue on ALL levels. From home to school to social lives, it needs to stop now. But please keep in mind that she did not do this over bullying! It is a sad and tragic loss, and my heart breaks for her family. As I said, I have a daughter this age, and she knew this girl, and has been just devastated by it, we have shed many tears for her.
To set the record straigh

Perry, GA

#63 Oct 11, 2012
Sad, Brandi was a mature 14 year old.How many homes in Harrison Co. have weapons in them? How many boys are taught to hunt? If you have a son, does he have a rifle?I had my first gun at 13 yrs. And since you have made up a story that would hurt the parents even more than they are suffering now, she was not alone.Her mother was home. This child was being picked on and bullied by students at school, maybe someone like yourself, and could not face it anymore. We need to focus on the positive, this is what her parents are trying to do. They are going to set up a foundation in her name to help other children through education, how bullying and pranics can be unbearable to soom. Also, parents need to be educated on the acroymns of the text messages their children send, they need to view their children's facebook accounts and sites like this to see what their children are doing.

May God have mercy on your soul for the evil things you've said.
.....and yes, I have my facts straight.
To set the record straigh

Perry, GA

#64 Oct 11, 2012
Just to clarify wrote:
Everyone keeps making a huge deal out of the bullying aspect of this. If you read the story in the paper this week, you would see that she left a note and the bullying was the least factor in her reason. I believe it had to do with some things going on at home. Whatever the reason, this child was lost too soon, and we should be praying for her family if you are a praying person. I would like to say to Josie that we should not be too quick to assume that ALL kids are disrespectful and dress like hookers, and have no rules at home. Because I can tell you that I have a daughter this age, she was a classmate of this childs, and she is not rude and hateful and disrespectful, she does not dress like a hooker, and she has rules at home. I can also tell you that her friends are very much like her, they are not all bad kids without discipline. Most of the kids I see, and I see a lot as an employee of the school system, a sub to be exact, and most of the kids are not disrespectful, they are good kids. There are a few that need some manners, and need a lesson in respect, but those are not the majority. People are so quick to beg for punishment for the kids that bullied her, but we would not dream of punishing her family anymore than they already have been, and her home life was the reason behind her suicide. I do feel that the bullying issue needs to be addressed, and I hope that if nothing else comes from this, atleast perhaps there will be a few more people to take notice and try to make a difference. I know that it has been a problem for a long time, and whether this child took her life over bullying or not, we need to make some serious changes. These kids need to learn from the adults in their lives ( PARENTS TOO!!) that bullying is not ok. People are very quick to blame teachers, but I have seen plenty of parents bullying other adults, so we need to address this issue on ALL levels. From home to school to social lives, it needs to stop now. But please keep in mind that she did not do this over bullying! It is a sad and tragic loss, and my heart breaks for her family. As I said, I have a daughter this age, and she knew this girl, and has been just devastated by it, we have shed many tears for her.
The paper did not give the facts, they have not began an investigation. She was an artist, one 1st place at the county fair for her artwork. What they found was the summary explaining a piece of art she drew last year. As of today, they have not even been able to view the texts in her telephone. Read the blogs in the newspaper as well, you'll see that this story was way off.
To set the record straigh

Perry, GA

#65 Oct 11, 2012
Wtf wrote:
<quoted text>. I doubt if anyone tryed to help, I heard it the it was middle school cheerleaders that bullied her, we know how that goes in any school system if you are not into sports, a scolar or someone important they pay you no mind my grandson was bullied one time he was older I went to the ones doing it and put a stop to it, the system wasn't going to and it never happened again you can believe that.
Or
WTF, yes, someone tried to help her. Her mother went to the school and complained and asked their intervention when she was on school grands. She was told by the PRINCIPAL that she was overprotective. I wonder what that "so-call" PRINCIPAL thinks of himself tonight, and each night for the rest of his life. Had he listened to the mother this may have been stopped. Instead, he saw a family, like many in Cynthiana, poor, unable to help his career development and not willing to waste his time. There were no problems at home, before she carried out her plan, she went and spent time with all her family members that meant something to her. She asked he Grandma to cook to make her favorite dish, spaghetti when she spent the day with her. She went hiking with her father in the Smokey mountains, and she spent one on one time with her mother. Stay patient, in time, and it may take a little longer than usual, the truth will come out. Should the local authorities not follow through on this investigation and address the bullying that caused Brandi to end her life that night, State Officials will be brought in to investigate. That's my promise I've made to my niece.
To set the record straigh

Perry, GA

#66 Oct 11, 2012
Passer-by wrote:
<quoted text>
I'm thinking that it should have been locked up in the first place. Who leaves a loaded gun laying around for their kids to find anyways?
That's an easy question to answer, 75% of the homes in Harrison County that has weapons do not have them locked. This child was well trained and educated. She comes from a long back ground of hunters, and was pretty darn good.
Just an observation

Nicholasville, KY

#67 Oct 12, 2012
Seems like a lot of bullying on here about this bullying topic.
Just to clarify

Mount Sterling, KY

#68 Oct 12, 2012
THis is copied from the Cynthiana Democrat. So for whoever said that the paper did not give details, of course they didn't give details. But she did leave a note! And from what they have found out so far, it was not due to bullying. It seems that everyone only wants to focus on that aspect of it. Really I just want to say that it is a terrible loss, no matter the reason. Rumors are flying around like crazy, and everyone thinks they know everything. I am going on what I get from RELIABLE sources. I did not copy the entire story, but if you read on it tells you that she left a note and it told her reasons, and it said the least of these was bullying...

Bullying not issue in teen suicide, say officials




By Ben Hyatt

Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:23 am (Updated: October 12, 9:30 am)

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Ware Funeral Home for the Harrison County Middle School student who took her own life last week..
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Brandi Dawn Ballinger, 14, was discovered by her mother outside their residence on Bowman’s Mill Road Thursday, Oct. 4.
“The mother called 911 after she discovered her daughter laying in the front yard with a family owned pistol near her body,” said Detective Paul Olin.
To set the record straigh

Perry, GA

#69 Oct 12, 2012
Just to clarify wrote:
THis is copied from the Cynthiana Democrat. So for whoever said that the paper did not give details, of course they didn't give details. But she did leave a note! And from what they have found out so far, it was not due to bullying. It seems that everyone only wants to focus on that aspect of it. Really I just want to say that it is a terrible loss, no matter the reason. Rumors are flying around like crazy, and everyone thinks they know everything. I am going on what I get from RELIABLE sources. I did not copy the entire story, but if you read on it tells you that she left a note and it told her reasons, and it said the least of these was bullying...
Bullying not issue in teen suicide, say officials
By Ben Hyatt
Thursday, October 11, 2012 at 10:23 am (Updated: October 12, 9:30 am)
Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at Ware Funeral Home for the Harrison County Middle School student who took her own life last week..
According to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department, Brandi Dawn Ballinger, 14, was discovered by her mother outside their residence on Bowman’s Mill Road Thursday, Oct. 4.
“The mother called 911 after she discovered her daughter laying in the front yard with a family owned pistol near her body,” said Detective Paul Olin.
She DID NOT LEAVE a note. I will be calling the Cynthiana Democrat and asked that they correct they lies purblished.
Billy

United States

#70 Oct 12, 2012
Maybe she left a note,maybe she didn't! The thing is a child lost her life for some reason or another and that is a shame. But what is really a shame is that people on her are arguing over this, adults are we need to sit examples for the younger genarations like our grandparents did. I have one question, what kind of example are we sitting by posting all this stuff on here?

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