Another 11-year-old boy, Jaheem Herrera, has hanged himself after enduring repeated bullying. (The horrible news comes via Will at Pam’s.) There is some reporting that he was bullied with anti-LGBT taunts, among others.
Just last week, after the suicide of Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, I asked “How many more children must die before we as a society get a clue?”
This is one too many.
We as a community of parents and citizens must hold our schools to account. It could start as simply as having the parents’ associations require principals to state publicly how many reported incidents of bullying there were each month or semester, and what was done. Parents could then provide further evaluation and a check to make sure enough was done. Other ideas?
GLSEN has anti-bullying resources, focused around anti-LGBT bullying. HRC’s Welcoming Schools program and PFLAG’s Cultivating Respect also have some. Tolerance.org, from the Southern Poverty Law Center, has more general anti-bullying resources.