It is a very serious problem that sometimes leads to DEATH!
There have been so many suicides that have resulted from bullying in Canada, U.S., New Zealand and England that it is referred to as BULLICIDE!
For example, in 1997 Reena Virk was murdered by school mates in Victoria, BC.
In 1999, two boys who were bullied by classmates walked into their high school in Littleton, Colorado with guns and bombs and killed 12 students, a teacher, injured 18 others and then killed themselves.
Another boy who was bullied in school in Taber, Alta, shot and killed a student and wounded another.
Two B.C. teens, Hamed Nastih of Surrey and Dawn Marie Wesley of Mission killed themselves in 2000 and left notes saying that they could no longer endure the bullying.
A few months ago Emmet Fralick of Halifax shot himself because of bullying.
The following are programs available to students, teachers and parents on Bullying:
"BullySMART Publications" Ettie Catto, Author/Publisher, P.O. Box 746, Sooke, B.C., Canada VOS 1N0 www.bullysmart.ca
"Restitution -Restructuring School Discipline" Diane Chelsom Gossen, Author New View Publications, P.O. Box 3021, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27515-3021, 1-800-441-3604
For more information, refer to the following websites and books:
"Don't Laugh At Me" - (Tricycle Press) by Steve Seskin and Allen Shamblin
- This book teaches young children about bullying.
"Words Can Hurt Forever" - (The Free Press) by James Garbaion and Ellen deLara
- Is a guide for parents and teachers so they can protect kids from all forms of bullying.
"The Bully, The Bullied and the Bystander (HarperCollins Publisher, Ltd.) by Barbara Coloroso
- Examines all the parties that give rise to bullying so that parents might better recognize their children as victims, bystanders and bullies.