A Serious Epidemic
School bullies can kill other children. Bullies
do kill other children.
2008 -- An American youth attempts suicide
every 42 seconds or more often. Many times it
is the result of bullying.
This HAS happened in my home
state and my home city as well as many others
in the US. Further, some children that are bullied
and cannot tolerate it, stand up to it or receive
help from adults, commit suicide. The incidence
of this phenomenon is receiving increased 21st
century press over young suicides stemming from
The rise in teen suicides
in America is evident -- In 1950 the rate of
suicide among 15-19 year-olds was 2.7 per 100,000.
In 1990, it had increased to 11:1 per 100,000,
over 300% more. 2008 -- An American youth attempts
suicide at least every 42 seconds.
The activites of abuse
are more rampant in America than in previous
years. However, some communities are
making significant strides in solving the problem.
Many Canadian communities and their school systems
have outlawed bully activities of all kinds
and take legal action against school bullies.
Children must be supported
by adults in a community and an educational
system in which they can depend on the fact
that bullyism will not be tolerated and which
teach children how to stand up to it.
Some adults in authority
do not want to confront the problem of bullyism
at school, this lack of action related to:
• They don't know there
is a problem - the target child has been told
not to tell, or is afraid to tell all on their
own, without being threatened.
• Disbelief that the problem is real or
not taking the problem seriously
• Fear of confrontation with the bully,
school administration, bully's family, the press,
• Not wanting to suffer repercussions
from the bully or his/her family and the community
• Not wanting to "do the paperwork"
• Lack of energy to put forth the effort
to fight bullyism
• Hoping someone else will solve the problem
[Kitty Genovese Syndrome*]
• Belief that the bullied child got what
• Belief that kids should fight it out
- sometimes it works, not usually if the bully
is the victim of abuse at home and/or has an
SMD (Severe Mental Disorder)
• Some parents punish their children for
getting bullied, because their child is "causing
*In 1960s New York City - March 4, 1964 - Catherine
Genovese was knifed to death in an area akin
to a high rise apartment building courtyard
while tenants and passersby looked on and did
nothing to help her, not even calling for the
police; -- Simon Dinitz, a second generation
founder of criminology. This phenomenon is also
called the bystander syndrome. Spectators used
the excuse that it was a lovers' quarrel or
drunken fight by people leaving a bar.
My own thoughts are these:
Kitty worked in a NYC bar and got home at 3:15
AM -- both of these facts (higher risk nighttime
occupation; late hours) hurt her chances of
getting into her apartment unharmed in a high
crime city, but we need to work to eliminate
these crimes as well. The killer was, in fact,
caught, jailed, and denied parole again on March
8, 2008, 44 years later almost to the day. He
Bullycide in America
BULLYCIDE: Homicide & Suicide Examples
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