Bullied to death


I am writing this letter due to recent reports, once again, of kids dying by suicide due to bullying. They were bullied to death.

Many of you may have heard of the 12-year-old girl who jumped to her death from a water tower after months of bullying. Her 14-year-old tormentor stated that she was glad she was dead. That 14-year-old is in custody and without remorse. Another story tells of a 14-year-old male who shot a teacher and then himself at school. The report stated he also had been bullied.

Recent studies show that most currently used anti-bullying programs are not working and are, in some cases, even escalating the bullying.

Experts agree that bullies need to be charged with civil or criminal offenses when appropriate. Bullying itself is against the law in most states – including laws passed in Wisconsin and Michigan. Kids, particularly in grades 7 through 12 need to be taught that there will be serious consequences for their choices. If they choose the behavior they choose the consequences.

Our youth have become so desensitized to violence, and society in general has shown such a decline in compassion for others that unfortunately stronger measures are now required. School administration is still not showing enough strength in stopping bullying either as reported by parents.

I will therefore be speaking to local law enforcement about putting together a plan to present to local schools, both students and faculty, in order to take a stronger stand against this travesty.

Enough is enough.

Wendy Miron

Florence, Wis.