My heart broke when my husband told me earlier that an 11-year-old boy committed suicide and was buried today. Why I asked him, even though part of me knew it must’ve been from a bully. Why else does an 11 year old do that these days? This is such a thing that should never happen and no parent should ever have to go through it.
According to this young boy’s mother, he was constantly getting picked on at school. Kids made fun of him, called him gay, said he acted like a girl. Eventually it took a toll, he didn’t want to deal with it any longer and took his own life. Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover was found hung by an electrical cord, his mom found him like this only moments before she was due to go to a meeting at the school over the bullies.
”They were always saying, ‘you’re gay, you must be gay, you act like a girl.”
There are no words I can say to ever make her feel better, this was her baby. I’m so sorry this has happened. I will also say, tonight readers check on yours (or tomorrow), find out how they are doing in school and see how the kids treat them. Start an open communication. Don’t forget to tell them how much you love them.
In the meantime, how do you deal with bullies? Has your child been a victim of a bully at school? Is there a way to end this?