Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Last week I saw an article on Global Grind about 10 year old Jasmine McClain. For those of you who have not heard or read about the story I will give a quick update.Jasmine McClain hung herself in her bedroom to end the vicious bullying that she endured everyday at school.Her mother found her and tried to save her but it too late.She took her last breath in her mother's arm.I am not a mother and can never feel what she is feeling right now but my heart aches.At 10 years old you should be worried about playing outside, with your dolls and riding your bike.Not suicide.Jasmine lived in Chadbourn, North Carolina with her mother Samantha West.Everyday when she went to school she was teased and bullied.Her mother took out of school for a while and she dreaded going back.At first the police just thought they would treat this as a suicide but then someone showed him comments left on Face Book targeted at Jasmine.This is when Police Chief Steven Shaw decided to take a closer look at the bullying. When are these schools going to take bullying serious? We are hearing about too many kids killing themselves because of bullying.Most teachers and administrators turn a blind eye to it. Someone had to know this child was being bullied. Kids can be cruel to other kids for no reason and that my friend is where the parents come in. But they have found that many of the kids that are bullies have parents that bully.When a person sends their prize possession to school everyday they expect for them to be safe. They don't send them to school to picked on because they don't have clothes that another 10 year old approves of. They send them to school to learn. Yeah you hear kids will be kids but at some point you have to step in and say something.But it can't just be the teacher. The parents have to say something as well. Don't say the kid never said anything. I like to think that as a teacher you are suppose to have control of your classroom at all times. A kid being bullied to the point of a kid committing suicide is not showing much control. They need to have some real consequences for the bullies. Just a few weeks ago here in Chicago some football players were arrested for hazing a freshmen player.The students happily got on camera for the news and said what is the big problem.We have a hazing day at this school.They really need to enforce the zero tolerance rule because this is getting out of control.How many more children are going to have to committee suicide before they decide to take it serious?I have only heard of one case that they actually charged the bullies and that was the Phoebe Price case. She hung herself in her bedroom closet after being bullied at school, through text message and Facebook.No child should be afraid to go to school because of bullying.It breaks my heart to know that when my friends and I children this is something we are going to have to worry about.I pray that something is done to stop this.Don't say my child won't do this because you don't know what your child will do.Teach your child to respect other children.Bullying is never ok.So let's find a way to stop it and keep all our children safe.
Peace and Love!

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