Bullies remain a ubiquitous part of modern civilized society despite the best efforts of the more thoughtful and intelligent caretakers, educators, philosophers, role models, and leaders. And now we have yet another poignant example of the negative effects of bullying behavior, as eleven year old Carl Walker-Hoover hangs himself to death.
… hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year.
Carl, a junior at New Leadership Charter School in Springfield who did not identify as gay, would have turned 12 on April 17, the same day hundreds of thousands of students will participate in the 13th annual National Day of Silence by taking some form of a vow of silence to bring attention to anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) bullying and harassment at school. The other three known cases of suicide among middle-school students
took place in Chatham, Evanston and Chicago, Ill., in the month of February.
Learn to identify bullying, in all contexts, and then learn to turn away from the perpetrators.