I’ve been tracking the story of Phoebe Prince in the news, and am beyond saddened of her suicide. She was the focal point of brutal bullying and manipulation, and took her own life in response. Likely believing there was no other way out, her death was also her solution.
We owe our children better strategies to help them cope.
Don’t believe for a moment that Phoebe was the only girl in this country being ostracized and socially tortured. Countless young people endure this every day. The difference is, most kids don’t kill themselves. Which brings me to the question…
Why do people have to die before we respond to situations like these?
I’m encouraged by the 41 states that passed legislation addressing the problem of bullying in America. According to Stop Bullying Now, as of 2009 the 9 states listed below have not. Shame on them:
District of Columbia
Whether you’re an adult, a parent, a child or a teen – there are effective strategies to tackle this issue. If you’re a concerned adult, get educated. E-mail your state representative. Click here to learn more ideas of what adults can do.
If you are being bullied, please don’t take the same path as Phoebe. You are not alone. And there are people who will help you. Click here to learn what kids can do.