Bullying Cited By Pa. Teen Who Killed Himself

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A high-school freshman who committed suicide by running into the path of a tractor-trailer last week left behind a note that said he wanted to draw attention to the problem of bullying, his mother said Tuesday. Full Story
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#1 Nov 9, 2010
Im sorry about this young mans death,but it is not bullying that is wrong with our children. We were all bullied at sometime in our lives. Our children must learn to stand up for themselves and stop blaming everyone else.Nothing anyone says or does is worth taking your own life.Its sounds cold and iam sorry but parents talk to your children let them grow up and learn how to deal with society and life.

Since: Aug 10

Reading, PA

#2 Nov 10, 2010
I agree. I am deeply sorry this family lost this young man, but "bullying" is not the reason. What kid doesnt get picked on at school one time or another? You have to be a little tougher and learn to let teasing go. If its not true, than dont worry about what people say about you. If we all got so upset over what other people think of us, lots of us would have committed suicide by now.
Steve Reeder - Lewistown

Lewistown, PA

#3 Nov 12, 2010
Rest in peace Brandon! May you find the peace in death that you were unable to find in life thanks to small minded, ignorant people.
We have read in recent months of all too many young lives ended due to bullying and ridicule in our schools. What hurts me even more is knowing that there are thousands more each year that do the same thing that we never hear about.
When will it end? How many more need to die before something is done? Schools need to do more to prevent this type of thing but the sad truth is, until parents start teaching their children that just because someone is "different" does not mean they are BAD or WRONG, nothing will change. Parents need to take responsibility for their own children and BE parents.
This kind of bullying begins at a very early age and we as a society need to DO something about it, starting at HOME where it begins!
I didn't know Brandon personally and yet I feel I did because there are countless thousands of Brandon's out there who feel this kind of pain every single day.
I hope that Brandon's death lights a fire under the powers that be and every parent who reads of it and that they take a good look at their own lives and see what kind of an example they are setting for their children. It's never too late to change but it has to start at HOME.
REST IN PEACE BRANDON.
WTFgirl

Shippensburg, PA

#4 Nov 16, 2010
This story is heart breaking! I believe that there is more to be learned of this story than just bullying. As said above who hasn't been bullied in their life? We have to teach our children it is wrong and we also have to be an active part of our children's lives so we know when the trouble signs show. Maybe I teach "tough love" to my kids. I believe everyone has the right to show their individuality but in the society we live in we have to be prepared for the consequences. If you want to dress, behave in a certain manner that is fine but be prepared to stand up for yourself. Then if you have a child that is overly sensitive then what are you going to do, repremand every child that said "boo" to him/her? We should be instilling morals in our children, even if you come from a family that is not religious.
ws w

Reading, PA

#5 Nov 16, 2010
Reading Pa Girl wrote:
I agree. I am deeply sorry this family lost this young man, but "bullying" is not the reason. What kid doesnt get picked on at school one time or another? You have to be a little tougher and learn to let teasing go. If its not true, than dont worry about what people say about you. If we all got so upset over what other people think of us, lots of us would have committed suicide by now.
Like how I gave you a little crap about how hypocritical you are and you were so tough about it you reported my posts?

You should follow the advice of your own post, hypocrite.
Don

Philadelphia, PA

#6 Nov 16, 2010
Lets jump on the bully band wagon.
Sandy

Mexico

#7 Nov 16, 2010
concerned parent wrote:
Im sorry about this young mans death,but it is not bullying that is wrong with our children. We were all bullied at sometime in our lives. Our children must learn to stand up for themselves and stop blaming everyone else.Nothing anyone says or does is worth taking your own life.Its sounds cold and iam sorry but parents talk to your children let them grow up and learn how to deal with society and life.
I can tell you have never been truly bullied because if had you'd know that in the moment, you feel like you're worthless, like everything is wrong with you. This is not a problem of teaching children how to stand up for themselves but to teach children to be tolerant with other's values and lifestyles. teach them to respect their peers and treat them the way they would like to be treated.

“Just hanging out”

Since: Dec 09

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#8 Nov 17, 2010
Today the bullying is magnified 10 times with children/adults having access to the INTERNET and other high tech technology. For children and adults having emotional problems to begin with, this is the icing on the cake for something terrible to happen like suicides or rampage shootings in our schools.

Their needs to be INTERNET LAWS - SECURITY - RADAR to help protect all people from such slander and guard our privacy. I don't get what the hold up is concerning our internet laws, this is way overdue!
Mitch

Mifflinburg, PA

#9 Nov 17, 2010
Suezanne wrote:
Today the bullying is magnified 10 times with children/adults having access to the INTERNET and other high tech technology. For children and adults having emotional problems to begin with, this is the icing on the cake for something terrible to happen like suicides or rampage shootings in our schools.
Their needs to be INTERNET LAWS - SECURITY - RADAR to help protect all people from such slander and guard our privacy. I don't get what the hold up is concerning our internet laws, this is way overdue!
You are correct about bullying being bigger than it used to be due to the internet, facebook, youtube, myspace, etc. I understand your concern about "laws" to stop bullying on the internet, however, it's complex because of our 1st ammendment rights. I would say the solution is to warn against use of the internet at all for social purposes. It's addictive, and it enables bullying because of the anonymous quality. Let's get our kids off the internet uless it's for educational purposes.

“Just hanging out”

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#10 Nov 17, 2010
Mitch wrote:
<quoted text>You are correct about bullying being bigger than it used to be due to the internet, facebook, youtube, myspace, etc. I understand your concern about "laws" to stop bullying on the internet, however, it's complex because of our 1st ammendment rights. I would say the solution is to warn against use of the internet at all for social purposes. It's addictive, and it enables bullying because of the anonymous quality. Let's get our kids off the internet uless it's for educational purposes.
I agree with you.
pissed off reader

Lockport, NY

#11 Nov 26, 2010
okay, from a few of the comments I've read, I've gotten really pissed off. it's not about the victim "growing up" or "ignoring teasing" you stupid fucks neglect to realize that bullying goes far beyond just teasing, name-calling, and other childish shenanigans. i work at a high school where everyday i see a few of the students mentally, emotionally, and even physically torturing certain children that are seen as outside "the norm" and I've seen how the teachers, faculty, and school administrators are either unable to help the child (according to them, unless they witness it first hand, theirs nothing they can do) or ignoring it outright. i can see how these children come to the conclusion that suicide is the best or only option, when they're forced into an environment that is, in many respects, the same as a Nazi concentration camp. it's deplorable that none of you can put yourselves into the same position as these children and be a little more empathetic. and to those who mentioned internet bullying, there should be laws against it, it's not about the 1st amendment (which, by the way, only applies to Americans, and i'm sure other countries face problems with bullying in school) you can't go screaming "fire!" in a movie theater, or "bomb!" in an airport without cause, and you can't infringe upon someone's right to "Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness" by bullying them.
Steve Reeder - Lewistown

Lewistown, PA

#12 Nov 26, 2010
I totally agree with "pissed off reader" I find it interesting that people want to point fingers everywhere except where they need to be pointed and that is right back at PARENTS! No one wants to accept responsibility for anything in this world anymore, it's always someone else's fault!
Thank God I am not a teenager trying to grow up, and be who I am in this day and age.
I work with teenagers every single day and I see these things first hand. It sickens me to see how most teenagers are so desensitized to violence, both physical and emotional. Until parents take responsibility for their own children and teach them to respect all human beings, this type of thing will continue. It's just plain sad :(

“Just hanging out”

Since: Dec 09

Location hidden

#13 Nov 28, 2010
Internet laws need to be made, way over due.
christina

Selinsgrove, PA

#14 Dec 2, 2010
A lot of kids do messed up things, bullying, drugs, and other things that don't make adults happy. But that does NOT make what they are doing right. Its like saying a person who is a rape victim has no right to feel violated. Being picked on or being bullied is not right and can lead to depression. If being bullied is not handled by parents teachers and school district the child being bullied will lead down the same path. So in order to prevent this and stop the problem the child must tell an adult they trust. No child should feel violated. School is suppose to be a learning institute not a place for violence or fear. School should be a positive place not Concentration camp

“Just hanging out”

Since: Dec 09

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#15 Dec 2, 2010
Yes parents, teachers, etc. need to help out with the bullying thing. But I think if the internet laws were updated this would also help a great deal. People should not be allowed to post nude pictures and post explicit personnal material of someone on the internet.
Jack

Philadelphia, PA

#16 Dec 2, 2010
pissed off reader wrote:
i can see how these children come to the conclusion that suicide is the best or only option, when they're forced into an environment that is, in many respects, the same as a Nazi concentration camp.
It is difficult to take you seriously when you engage in this type of hyperbole.
Jack

Philadelphia, PA

#17 Dec 2, 2010
Instead of blaming one side and completely removing blame from the other, how about coming to the realization that both the perpetrator and the victim have a role in this. Should the bully stop bullying? Absolutely! Should the victim develop better assertiveness skills? Absolutely!(just because adults shouldn't attempt to have sex with children doesn't mean I shouldn't teach my kids to not get into a car with a stranger). Lots of kids are bullied. Very few commit suicide. Those who commit suicide lack resilience.
Lydia

The Pas, Canada

#18 Dec 9, 2010
Ummm i may not know him in real life but bullying can take a toil on kids, adults, and other people just like any one else who tormented this kid they should have been ashamed of them selves for picking on a poor innocent soul. Everyone deserves to live life that god gave them to put on this earth.
Terry

Mifflinburg, PA

#19 Dec 9, 2010
Jack wrote:
Instead of blaming one side and completely removing blame from the other, how about coming to the realization that both the perpetrator and the victim have a role in this. Should the bully stop bullying? Absolutely! Should the victim develop better assertiveness skills? Absolutely!(just because adults shouldn't attempt to have sex with children doesn't mean I shouldn't teach my kids to not get into a car with a stranger). Lots of kids are bullied. Very few commit suicide. Those who commit suicide lack resilience.
So what you're saying is we humans are pretty much just like wild animals. The ones that are bigger and meaner naturally are drawn to the quieter weaker ones as their prey. And it's no one's fault, it's just nature. But you would like to see the timid ones fight back against this natural bully instinct. Well unfortunately school shooters are also victims that had enough and were driven over the edge by bullying.

When a quiet, different child verbally fights back, they are bullied more in response. When they fight back physically with their smaller bodies, they are beaten down further.

Don't kid yourself, we are not animals, we have a human brain with the capability to show compassion, empathy and restraint. The burden lies entirely on the bully to show this restraint and practice human compassion towards someone that is different than themselves. If the those that are being bullied are minding their own business, then why should they be bullied?
Angela

Maple Ridge, Canada

#20 Jan 5, 2011
Honestly. I have a strange but strong feeling this whole story is complete BULLSHIT

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