On September 19, Sean Walsh, a 13-year-old middle school student, attempted to commit suicide. He spent nine days on life support before passing away. Sean was the victim of peer bullying. He was bullied at school and even after while home schooled for being gay. Sean lived in my hometown, and went to the same junior high I attended. Several media personalities have spoken out about Sean's death, the death of a Rutgers University student who committed suicide after being cyberbullied and several others. I would like to add my voice to the mix.

I have a 14-year-old son and 12 and 10-year-old daughters. I can't imagine what it would be like to lose them. I worry everyday my children are getting pushed around at school or made fun or because of one thing or another. How do we let it get so out of hand? How do we let it happen at all? I am including links to a story about Sean and a blog post concerning the Rutgers student. I hope you will read them and see how senseless these deaths were. I applaud Ellen DeGeneres for addressing this issue on her show and anyone else in the media spotlight who is bringing more attention to this problem. Watch for signs of bullying with your kids, at their schools and in your neighborhood. Your child could be the victim or they could be the perpetrator. Whatever the case, it needs to be addressed and stopped. I know the school hold anti-bullying workshops and school-wide assemblies, but it is not enough to address it once a year — we must be vigilant and stop it before it begins.

Bullied Teen Dies After Attempted Suicide
Rutger's Suicide