A 12-Year-Old Killed Herself After Months Of Bullying…

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Girls in Mallory’s school had been taunting her via social media outlets and text messages since last October. Fellow sixth graders told her she was a loser and teased her — causing the normally bubbly gymnast and cheerleader to beg her parents to stay home from school… More at ati.

Some will sit at home and think this is part of the litigation culture, but my experience of bullying is that some schools do close to nothing about the problem despite talking a good game. The parents of the bullies seem to have little interest in their children or believe they can do no wrong and I can’t see any other way to deal with them.

My daughter is home schooled at the moment for precisely this reason and the complete lack of meaningful help from her school and the absence of any official mental health care is shocking. Add to this the fact that one of the girls who bullied my daughter has been sanctioned over 100 times and is still getting an education at the same school, and you may start to understand my annoyance.

I will watch this case with interest.

4 thoughts on “A 12-Year-Old Killed Herself After Months Of Bullying…

  1. On the litigation question, it strikes me that if a person or entity has a responsibility, especially by law or regulation, and knowingly avoids or misrepresents that responsibility, then they are liable for the consequences. So while we may view the U.S. as a litigious society, my reaction is to hope the suit succeeds. Unfortunately that seems to be the only way something happens, at least in the U.S., if someone has to pay. It still won’t bring back the sons and daughters.

    1. In the UK, however, the government would need to be taken to court for draining the resources needed to deal with such things.

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