With so many recent cases of suicide being talked about in the media, it leaves many wondering about the new term Bullycide. This new term, bullycide, is a hybrid of bullying and suicide to explain when someone takes their life as a result of being bullied.
There are many teens who face being bullied every day whether it be at school, around their neighborhood, in public places or online. Cyberbullying has taken the concept of physical bullying to a whole new level, which is why many researchers believe it is often responsible for cases of bullycide. With many teens taking their lives after being bullied by fellow peers either in school or on the Internet, it leaves parents, teachers and their friends wondering what can be done to prevent bullycide.
What it is?
The correct definition to this question is bullycide is suicide caused from the results of bullying. Children and teens who are bullied live in a constant state of fear and confusion in their lives. Many feel the only way to escape the rumors, insults, verbal abuse and terror is to take their own life. Bullycide is clearly a serious issue. There are several different reasons that ultimately can lead to bullycide including:
- Being constantly physically and emotionally bullied
- Experiencing constant physical and emotional pain
- Having to continually relive an embarrassing moment over and over that is regularly brought up peers as a method of torment
- Being the victim of bullying by an authority figure like a parent, teacher, coach or another adult
- When the victim of bullying has no other friends to rely on for support or encouragement while being bullied regularly
Because bullying is at the root of the problem when it comes to these ever-to-frequent cases of bullycide, the best way to take preventative measures is to work on stopping children and teens from being bullied. It is important to realize that the big, mean boy on the playground isn’t the only type of bully anymore. There are many types of bullies from boys, girls, teens of all ages to adults in authority positions. Cyberbullying also makes it easier for children and teens to bully one another. Bullying has also been found to be a growing trend among recent bullying statistics. Now the question comes down to how to prevent bullying among youth to prevent cases of bullycide. One of the best ways to prevent bullying is to have your child journal every single instance of bullying. If the bullying is happening at school or is school-related, make sure to take this journal to a teacher, counselor or even the principal. If the matter is not resolved from there, take the situation to the police. Bullying and hate crimes are against the law. If teachers or administrative members at your school refuse to take action, file a complaint or charges against the school for negligence to cases of criminal bullying. It is their job to ensure the safety of your child while they are at school. Take the matter to the police and school board to ensure action. This may make the difference between ending the bullying and some child or teen’s life as the result of bullycide.
Do not allow your child to become a victim of bullying by encouraging open communication. If your child hides the instances of bullying from you, chances are you may not even notice that they have a problem until it is too late. Make sure your child knows they can come to you for help with anything. Another way to prevent bullycide and from bullying getting to far, make sure your child has a good group of friends. Often, bullies target children and teens who are loners or do not have many friends because they make for easy targets. Having friends can be a great protection for your teen or child against bullying. While cases of bullying and bullycide are growing, there are also more and more schools cracking down to ensure their students are not becoming bullies or becoming victims of bullies. However, parents still play a vital role in protecting their child against cases of bullying and bullycide.
Sources: localschooldirectory.com/k-12-articles/116, bullyaware.org/whatisbullycide.htm
The girl who hanged herself after being bullied for being pretty
A schoolgirl who was found hanged in her bedroom may have been driven to kill herself by bullies jealous of her popularity and good looks. Jade Stringer, 14, died six days after she was found unconscious by her father, David. Friends say the teenager, who was well-liked and attractive, had endured a campaign of bullying over the past few months.
It is understood that she may also have been upset about having her mobile phone confiscated by her family because they felt she was using it too much. She was rushed to Fairfield General Hospital where she died after almost a week on life support. Friends of the teenager, who attended Haslingden High School in nearby Rossendale, Lancashire, claimed she’d been bullied. Tributes to Jade left on Twitter and Facebook said she had been a victim of bullying. One pupil wrote, ‘She was being bullied by numerous people.’
Chelsea Lazaruik added, ‘R.I.P Jade Stringer you didn’t deserve to die the way you did bullying is horrible you were gorgeous in every way. Sleep tight xxx.’
The gym teacher who joined students in bullying a 13-year-old boy
A 13-year-old boy at a Middle School in Gig Harbor, Washington was allegedly bullied by his gym teacher and eighth-grade classmates.
The students swung the boy by his arms and legs, wrote on his feet, stuck a traffic cone on his head, gagged him with a sock and taunted him. The boy’s parents became aware of the bullying after their son refused to go to school and became withdrawn and suicidal.
The teacher, John Rosi, was suspended for 10 days without pay, given training, and moved to another school.
2The teenager who shot himself in high school in front of classmates while dressed as the Batman villain Two-Face
In September 2012, a 13-year-old student dressed as the Batman villain Two-Face shot and killed himself with a handgun at an Oklahoma junior high school, just minutes before classes were due to start. Horrified students – many of whom were similarly dressed for the school’s Super Hero Day – heard a gunshot before 8 am and found eighth grader Cade Poulos lying in a hallway, according to classmates speaking to KOCO.
Terrified teenagers then fled the halls, fearing a gunman was on the loose. According to a Facebook memorial page created for the Stillwater Junior High student, bullying is a suspected motive for the boy’s death.