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Ka’shaad Hurts – 13, South Highlands Middle School, Union Springs, Alabama USA (Feb 2014) “…While local and state investigators continue their silence, WSFA 12 News has confirmed through two sources who did not want to be identified that 13-year-old Ka’shaad Hurts died by suicide brought on by bullying. WSFA 12 News has also learned through those sources, the youngster was found with his belt around his neck near South Highlands Middle School…” – Bryan Henry, WSFA, 20 Feb 2014 (READ MORE)

Jennifer Lynn-Marie Lenihan – 39, art teacher at the Bassett High School, Covina, CA USA (Jul 2013) “…Lenihan went on leave in early 2012 and filed a request for workers compensation benefits. The request was not denied until June 17. A report by her doctor David Hall stated she was “moderately if not severely depressed” with a “history of migraines” and years of medication, particularly for anxiety and depression. “Testing further revealed that ‘she was highly depressed and highly inclined to turn life problems into medical problems,’” the claim states. “BUSD knew or should have known of Ms. Lenihan’s history of depression; the treatment of Ms. Lenihan by BUSD administrators and employees precipitated her final spiral of depression which culminated into her taking her own life…” – Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 27 Dec 2013 (READ MORE)

Alexis “Lexi” Lopez-Brandies – 14, Horlick High School student, Racine, Wisconsin USA (Dec 2013) “…She was such a beautiful person and I wish everybody could have met (her) because she really did turn everybody’s life around in a positive manner,” said friend Michael Dollaka-Posch. Family and friends believe Lexi was the victim of bullying at school and through social media. “It really needs to stop because I’m afraid we are going to lose more and more people like this. She was a beautiful girl and I don’t see how somebody could do that,” said Sierra Braun, who said she was Lopez’s best friend…” – Brody Levesque, LGBTQ Nation, 18 Dec 2013 (READ MORE)

Faith Crusenberry – 13, Johnson-Williams Middle School, Berryville, Va USA (Dec 2013) “…It hurts really bad, and we all wish she could be here, and we all wish we could have found some way to get her back,” friend Kaycee Davis said. Something terrible broke the spirit of Faith, described as a bright, bubbly girl and an excellent student with a lovely singing voice. “My stepdaughter took her own life on Sunday afternoon, due to bullying,” Faith’s stepfather Mike Mantz told News4 in a statement. “I want awareness increased. I do not want my daughter to die in vain…” – Jackie Bensen, NBC Washinton, 08 Dec 2013 (READ MORE)

Peter John MacKenzie – 58, Steel and Iron worker Irving, Halifax Canada (Nov 2013) “…Mr. MacKenzie worked at the shipyard for more than 30 years, and his job was to put up scaffolding. It is not clear why he was suspended on Wednesday. RCMP confirmed on Thursday that he apparently died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound…He had a heart so big you wouldn’t have imagined it,” pipefitter Bob Couture said of his deceased colleague. “He deserved a lot more. He would be proud to see us today standing up for him…” – Jane Taber, The Globe and Mail, 28 Nov 2013 (READ MORE)

Rebecca Ann Sedwick – 12, Crystal Lake Middle School, Lakeland, FL USA (Oct 2013) “…She kept it all to herself…They need to realize that when they say these things, kids take them serious,” she said. “I mean, especially coming kid to kid, you’re on the same level and if somebody says, ‘Go kill yourself, you’re not worth anything,’ they’re more apt to believe it…” – Stephanie Allen & Matthew Pleasant, The Ledger, 10 Sep 2013 (READ MORE)

Audrie Pott – 15, Saratoga High School, CA, USA (Sep 2012) “…My life is over,” Audrie posted in private messages on Facebook in the days before her suicide, according to the San Jose Mercury News. “I have a reputation for a night I don’t even remember, and the whole school knows.” Her mother found her barely alive little girl hanging in the family bathroom eight days later. She would die two days later from her injuries…” – Irving Dejohn, New York Daily News, 15 Jan 2014 (READ MORE)

Izzy Dix – 14, Brixham Community College, Brixham, Devon United Kingdom (Sep 2013) “…Izzy was a star pupil with dreams of attending Oxford University but was taunted for her accent, picked up when living in Australia, and for wearing skirts that were longer than other girls. The inquest heard that on the day she died, Izzy had met the headteacher of the school to discuss the bullying. Earlier in the day, she sent a text message to her mother to say she wanted a long chat about the day she’d had at school…” – Herald Express, 19 Dec 2013 (READ MORE)

Jadin Bell – 15 yrs old, on Jan 19 2013, Jadin Bell, a sophomore at La Grande High School in Oregon, tried to commit suicide, he was rushed to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland and put on life support, he was taken off life support on Saturday Feb. 2, 2013. Bell was bullied both in person and on the internet for being gay, from Portland, Oregon, USA (Feb 2013) “…He was different, and they tend to pick on the different ones,’ family friend Bud Hill told KOMO News. ‘If someone was down and out he would walk into a room and say a couple quick words and everybody would just forget about their problems and smile,’ Hill added. ‘He just had a gift.’ Hundreds of students had turned out to honor Bell, a sophomore at La Grande High School, at a vigil last week while he was still fighting for his life in the hospital. ‘Jadin is one of the best people I have ever met,’ LHS junior Frankie Benitez told the La Grande Observer. ‘He makes everyone around him feel good all the time.’ His mother told the Observer that she appreciated the outpouring of support. ‘We always knew that Jadin is a special person,’ she said. ‘Now everyone knows…” – Judy Molland, Care2, Feb 02 2013 (READ MORE)

David Q. Phan, 14 yrs old, his family is of Vietnamese heritage, Phan was born in Utah and studying at Bennion Junior High, he’s from Taylorsville, Utah USA (Nov 2012) “…Dear Phan family. Your son David is a life saver. I’m going to miss him…This kid is amazing, has a great personality…I’ve never met someone who could make me smile when I’m deeply sad. He saved my sister’s life. She was going to kill herself, but you [David] talked her out of it. If it wasn’t for him, I wouldn’t have a sister because of him, your son…I will not forget you [David]. I am letting balloons go in the air to honor you. I’m so lucky to have met him. He always made everyone smile…If someone was sad, he’d ask if they need a hug. He was the hero of the school. If only I was still there, I would’ve made sure this wouldn’t have happened…” – Hyphen Magazine, Jan 2013 (READ MORE)

Amanda Todd – 15, CABE Secondary student, posted a poignant video to YouTube about the nightmarish cyber-bullying, in-school victimization and beating she suffered, from Port Coquitlam, BC (Oct 10 2012) “…In the video, Todd described using webcam chats to meet and talk to new people online as a seventh grade student, including a man who pressured her to flash her chest. One year later, she did and the man took a photo of her chest. Todd said that the man put the photo online and sent it to everyone she knew. Even after moving towns and schools multiple times, the man continued to follow her online and use her photo, she said. The photo and the bullying online and in school drove her to depression, drugs, alcohol, cutting and a suicide attempt with bleach…” – Christina Ng, ABC News, 16 Oct 2012 (READ MORE)

David Hernandez Barros – 16, born in Ecuador and attended East Hampton High School. (Sept. 29 2012) “…Unfortunately, we’re not going to be able to know definitively what exactly happened in David’s case,” said David Kilmnick, Chief Executive of the Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth Network. “It gets to a point where sometimes kids can’t take it anymore and some find that taking their own life is the only way they can deal with that because they have nowhere to go. Regardless of whether David was gay or not, he should have had a place he could have seen as a lifesaver,” he said. Kilmnick said that his group will hold a town meeting at East Hampton High School on October 22 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the circumstances surrounding David’s death, and how others can be helped before they consider suicide. Kilmnick added that the East Hampton School District is far more advanced in gay and lesbian tolerance and sensitivity issues than most other school districts, but students often do not have a support system outside of school…” – LGBTQ Nation, SDGLN, 10 Oct 2012 (READ MORE)

Claudia Boerner 32, British model, reality show contestant, from Vellmar, Germany (Apr 2012) “…‘We don’t know if web mobbing played a definite function in this case. We send our sympathy to the close friends and family members of the candidate.’ Friendly and open-minded: Shocked friends paid tribute to Ms Boerner, who became upset at nasty comments about her look. A message on the programme’s web site added: ‘This week we received the sad news that Claudia, who was observed in the past week at The Perfect Dinner has died. She struck us as a friendly, open-minded young woman. We were all surprised and shocked by the news…” – News Leak UK Edition READ MORE

Kenneth “Kenny” Wolf 14, freshman at Old Mill High School, from Millersville, Md USA (Apr 2012) “…Kenny identified as bisexual, according to classmates, and was constantly bullied because of his sexual orientation…” – LGBTQ Nation READ MORE

Lennon Baldwin 15, freshman at Morristown High School in Morristown, N.J USA (Mar 2012) “…The message I want to do for the kids … there is no problem, whatever you’re involved in, nothing, nothing, nothing that you can’t go to your parents for. It’s unconditional love, every parent has it…” – Laura Hibbard READ MORE

Daniel Zamudio, 24, was placed in a medically induced coma after sustaining severe head injuries, assaulted in a Santiago park, attackers burned him with cigarettes, cut his ear open and carved swastikas into his skin, from Santiago, Chile (Mar 2012). “…Since this aggression – Daniel’s murder – happened, we have had a relative education on how we are going to construct a more harmonious society, with more love, where no-one – no-one – is discriminated against for any reason, because all Chileans have the same rights. “There is no-one in our society who can feel such murderous arrogance that they can attack and assault a fellow citizen for any reason…” (READ MORE)

Joanna Ramos 10, student of Frances Willard Elementary School, from Long Beach, CA (Feb, 2012) “…In the United States, children as young as 8 years old have been charged with murder. Some of the youngest defendants who have been charged with murder in Los Angeles County include a 13-year-old boy who killed a 15-year-old boy after striking the older teen in the head with a baseball bat following a Pony League game in Palmdale in 2005…” – Tracy Manzer, Press Telegram READ MORE

Dakoda-Lee Stainer, 14, suffered brain damage after he tried to take his own life in 2009 following severe bullying, from Australia (Feb, 2012) “…We have now lost this precious, loving and caring young man who was talented in so many areas…” READ MORE

Drew Ferraro, 15, a sophomore at Crescenta Valley High School, from Los Angeles, CA USA (Feb, 2012) “…Teenagers, children, don’t realize the impact of their words. Words scar and they hurt…” READ MORE

Sierra Grill 15 year old of West Linn High School from West Linn, Oregon USA (Feb 2012) “Sierra was a wonderful, talented young woman who graced those around her with her many special gifts, music and sense of humor,” the family said in a statement. “The family recognizes that these are difficult times in the West Linn community and asks people to honor Sierra by reaching out to those who may be alone or hurting in some way…By all accounts, she was a healthy, well-adjusted young lady…” READ MORE

Clifford Rodrigues 12 year old of Roosevelt Middle School, who was known as CJ, from Bristol County, Massachusetts USA (Feb, 2012) ‘…He always had a smile on his face, I saw him (Tuesday) and he was perfectly fine. I don’t understand why he would do something like that…Our city is grieving. It is difficult to get your head around the idea of a 12-year-old taking his own life…” READ MORE

Eira Maghuyop 14 year old student of Ursuline Catholic School, dreamed of becoming a doctor or nurse, New Rochelle, NY USA (Feb 2012) “…This is a very serious problem. These are our children, this is very important…Eira, who called herself 100% Filipino, was by all appearances a happy teen…also blogged about her desire to be a singer…” READ MORE

Coltyn Mayrand 16 year old grade 11 student of Chatham Kent Secondary School, Chatham, ON Canada (Jan 2012) “…Coltyn had a remarkable character, and touched the hearts of many, young and old. Colt will forever be remembered for being an extraordinary son, brother and friend, who was exceptionally kind in his words, generous in his deeds and outstanding in his academics. Always understanding and compassionate with a keen sense of humour. Coltyn was extremely dedicated and thoroughly enjoyed his involvement and time spent in the Sears Drama program, paintball, and scouts, especially their annual canoe camp excursion on the Magnetewan River. His patience and acceptance of others was greatly admired and only surpassed by his strength, courage, and loyalty to be true to his genuine self…” READ MORE

Rafael Morelos 14, student at Cashmere Middle School, from Wenatchee, WA USA (Jan, 2012) “He pretended everything was OK…Sometimes he acted strong, but inside, he was dying, little by little…” READ MORE

Eric James Borges 19, intern at The Trevor Project, Supplemental instructor at the College of the Sequoias, Visalia, CA USA (Jan 2012) “…To my friends you gave me life and love, never think this was your fault … To Lady Gaga, you have been a fearless relentless proud LGBT advocate …” READ MORE

Jeffrey Fehr 18, student of Sierra College, member of a competitive cheerleading squad, Granite Bay, CA USA. (Jan 2012) “We will second-guess ourselves forever,” his father said. “But we do know that for years and years, people knocked him down for being different. It damaged him. It wore on him. He could never fully believe how wonderful he was, and how many people loved him.” READ MORE

Phillip Parker 14 year old student of Gordonsville High School. Shortly after finding Phillip’s body, his parents found a handwritten note, which read “Please help me mom.” Parker is from Smith County, Tennessee USA (Jan 2012) “…He was fun, he was energetic, he was happy…To his many friends, Phillip was known as the boy who told everyone they’re beautiful…He kept telling me he had a rock on his chest…He just wanted to take the rock off where he could breathe…” READ MORE

Kevin Jacobsen anti-bullying activist, public speaker, father of bullying victim, Kameron Jacobsen, from Orange County, NY USA (Jan, 2012) “That whole family to go through this twice now, I just can’t believe it…There’s never an answer to it. It’s sad, you know. That’s all I can say. Just keep ‘em in your prayers and hope the wife can carry on…We don’t want Kameron or any of these kids to have died in vain…” READ MORE Also: The Moth

Marjorie Raymond, 15 yrs-old, high school student, Ste-Anne-des-Monts, Quebec.(Nov 2011) “It’s the fault of the jealous people who only want to destroy our happiness,” added the girl, before asking for her mother’s forgiveness for taking her own life…I don’t want her story to go unnoticed because I want things to change, I want to sound the alarm…” READ MORE

Jasmine McClain, 10 yrs old, student from Chadburn, NC USA (Nov 2011) “…the target of intense bullying…children started coming forward and making accusations that she was bullied — and bullied bad — in school…according to kids who were aware of what Jasmine was facing on campus every day, it appeared she was being picked on about the condition of her clothing and shoes. Apparently, Jasmine’s family did not have the means to provide the “Gucci, Gucci, Louis, Louis, Fendi Fendi, Prada” our children’s music and media “role models” are all bragging so fiercely about…” READ MORE

Ashlynn Conner, 10 yrs old, elementary student, Vermilion County, Illinois USA (Nov 2011) “…They’d call her a slut…ugly…fat…Ashlynn reportedly asked her mother if she could be home-schooled, CBS reports. The next day, Ashlynn was found by a sibling in a closet after she had hanged herself…” READ MORE

Jamie Hubley 15, high school student, blogger, son of Ottawa city councillor Allan Hubley, (Oct, 2011). “Spirit Day is held on Oct. 20 in memory of people whose lives have been lost due to bullying and stigma.” READ MORE

Mitchell Wilson 11, Grade 6 student of Westcreek Public School, diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, Pickering, ON (Sep, 2011) “…disabled Pickering boy took his own life after he was mugged and bullied…Mitchell felt tormented by bullies at school who picked on him because of disability and was afraid to return to school after the attack…” READ MORE Also: Muscular Dystrophy

Jamey Rodemeyer 14, high school student, Lady Gaga fan, blogger, “…posted a YouTube video in support of gay and lesbian youth as part of the “It Gets Better” project. In it, Rodemeyer talks about being bullied for his lack of male friends, but encourages viewers to cheer up, insisting that his life got better after coming out as bisexual in May.” Buffalo, NY (Sep, 2011) READ MORE

Christopher Howell, 17, high school student, “Friends and family say Chris, a Grade 12 student, had a troubled time in school. They say he was bullied and taunted. Before Chris ended his life, his father said he told his mother he couldn’t deal with it anymore.” Hamilton, ON (Sep, 2011) READ MORE

Haylee Fentress and Paige Moravetz both 14, middle school students, from Lynd, MN (Apr, 2011) “Haylee was bullied by students over her weight and she was recently expelled from the Marshall School District over a fight defending Paige…” READ MORE

Meagan Audrey Allen,?? 15, high school student from Leander, TX (Apr. 2011) “A friend of Allen said that she was very active in the Air Force Jr. ROTC, and that the group would be wearing full dress in her honor…” READ MORE

Courtney Brown 17, high school student in Parrsboro Nova Scotia (Mar 2011) “If you can’t feel safe in your own school and speak up for people who are being bullied, in fear of being bullied yourself, that school shouldn’t even be there…” READ MORE

Elijah Lopes, 11, of Keith Middle School, from New Bedford, Massachusetts USA (Mar, 2011) “…Elijah was being bullied, because he was the type to fight tooth and nail…It doesn’t make sense. He would stand up to anybody…We’re going to take every single possible explanation very seriously…No stone is going to be left unturned on this. I am not willing to concede a quick rationalization of what happened…’’ READ MORE

Taylor Smith 15, high school student from Williamston, MI (Feb. 2011) “There were no warning signs. She wasn’t depressed. I look through pictures, and she was always happy and smiling.” READ MORE

Nick Kelo 13, a student, a second-degree black belt in tae kwon do and held a red-black belt in kumdo, and was an avid inventor, 152 IQ, Akron, Ohio (Feb 2011) “a waffle fork to remove hot food from a toaster and an incinerator trash can”. READ MORE

Natasha MacBryde 15, high school student, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire UK (Feb 2011). “…Schoolgirl ‘bullied over parents’ divorce’ dies on rail track after texting her brother: I’ll miss you…” READ MORE

Kameron Jacobsen 14, high school student, “Kameron was a great kid. He was loved by everybody who ever met him, I think, except those who bullied him,” Kevin Jacobsen said. Until then, the 14-year-old was happy, starring in his brother’s home videos, playing baseball and always on the computer. But what Kameron endured at the hands of bullies was horrific. They broke his jaw and constantly taunted him on- and off-line. “He said, ‘the kids in school are picking on me. They shove me into lockers. They say all kinds of things to me, how little I am. They laugh at me,’ and he said, “I don’t wanna live like this, mom,’” Wanda Jacobsen said (Jan, 2011). READ MORE

Jenna Bowers-Branton 15, high school student in Truro, Nova Scotia (Jan 2011) “If someone’s not safe in their own home because of something that’s coming across their computer and creating fear, then that’s an issue that we need to address…” READ MORE

Lance Lundsten, 18, high school student Miltona Minn (Jan 2011) “Lundsten had been bullied at school for his sexual orientation. Some students who knew Lundsten believed the bullying may have led to his death…” READ MORE

Daron Richardson 14, high school student, Ottawa, Canada (Nov 2010) “Daron was loved,” said Mike Dagenais, a longtime friend and junior hockey teammate of Luke Richardson and Daron’s godfather, who read the eulogy. “All it takes is to look around this venue today to see evidence of that.” READ MORE

Liam Hearne 14, high school student from Carshalton, UK (Oct. 2010) “Tributes from friends and family poured on to Facebook shortly after Liam’s death, describing the teenager as a “real character,” who always smiled and made people laugh…” READ MORE

Raymond Chase 19, culinary arts students, Johnson & Wales University, RI (Oct 2010) “…we must act decisively to curb anti-LGBT bias incidents, harassment and acts of violence…” READ MORE

Jamarcus Bell, 14, was a freshman at Hamilton Southeastern High School, from Hamilton County, Indiana (Oct 2010) “Bell was targeted by bullies because of “his race, [his] perceived homosexuality and emotional disability,” according to the lawsuit. And his mother, Natalie Moore, says the school district was negligent in its lack of reaction.” READ MORE

Harry Hucknall, 10, primary school student, Cumbria UK (Sep 2010) ‘We as a society quite rightly try to stop children dabbling in street drugs and yet a child with this label of ADHD is prescribed, under supervision, mind-altering drugs of a very powerful nature – the full consequences of which I still do not believe are fully understood…” READ MORE

Seth Walsh, was found Sunday, September 19, unconscious and not breathing, and it appeared he had tried to hang himself from a tree branch, according to police reports. He was rushed by helicopter to Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield. According to reports, Seth was openly gay and was taunted by bullies for years, at school and at a local park. He attended Jacobsen Middle School last year and for only two weeks this year, before being transferred to independent study – reportedly because he had been bullied relentlessly. But school officials at Tehachapi Union School District claim there have been no reports of bullying. Police said they can not prosecute the students involved because the teasing was not a criminal act. Judy Walsh, Seth’s grandmother, appealed for tolerance within the community. “We are hoping the community will develop more tolerance for different people,” she said. Seth’s death is one of three teen suicides this month due to anti-gay bullying. (Sep 2010). READ MORE

Cody J. Barker 17, Shiocton High School student, WI (Sep 2010) “targeted or ostracized for their sexual orientation or their gender identity and expression. … He really cared about making schools a safe place for students. That wasn’t always his own experience with school…” READ MORE

Billy (William) Lucas 15, Greensburg High School, IN (Sep 2010) Bullying may have pushed 15-year-old to suicide…” READ MORE

Tyler Clementi 18, Rutgers University student, NJ (Sep 2010) “Tyler was a fine young man, and a distinguished musician. The family is heartbroken beyond words. They respectfully request that they be given time to grieve their great loss and that their privacy at this painful time be respected by all…” READ MORE

Asher Brown 13, Hamilton Middle School student, TX (Sep 2010) “Brown’s worn-out tennis shoes still sit in the living room of his Cypress-area home while his student progress report — filled with straight A’s — rests on the coffee table…” READ MORE

Justin Aaberg 15, concert cellist, composer, high school student, Andover, Minnesota (Jul 2010) “Remembering Justin Aaberg…” READ MORE

Dominic Crouch 15, high school student from Cheltenham UK (May 2010) “He bore ill will to no one other than those who visit injustice on others or who abuse their power to hurt those weaker than themselves…” READ MORE

Phoebe Prince 15, high school student, South Hadley, Massachusetts (Jan 2010). “Massachusetts state lawmakers sped up efforts to pass anti-bullying legislation as a result of this incident…” READ MORE

Carl Walker-Hoover, On April 6, Sirdeaner Walker came home, walked up the stairs to the second floor of her home, and saw her son suspended from a support beam in the stairwell, swaying slightly in the air, an extension cord wrapped around his neck, according to police. He apologized in a suicide note, told his mother that he loved her, and left his video games to his brother. (William McGuinness, The Advocate Apr 13, 2009) READ READ MORE

Alec Meikle – 16, apprentice engineer at Downer EDI, Bathurst, Sydney Australia (Oct 2008) “…the 16-year-old had allegedly been subjected to such relentless, violent bullying by his new supervisor and workmates that the once ”happy, bubbly” youth had become ”a sad, round-shouldered boy” He said, ‘dad, how many times would you want to hear the words you useless f—‘n c–t day after day after day?”’ Mr Meikle said. ”He became a sad, round-shouldered boy…” – Paul Bibby, SMH, 02 Dec 2013 (READ MORE)

Jeremiah Lasater 14, high school student, Acton, CA (Oct 2008). “It was constant. It was a daily verbal assault” READ MORE

Larry King 15, High School student, Oxnard, CA (Feb 2008). “Slain student Larry King remembered at university vigil” READ MORE

Corbin Linklater 12, Heather Park Middle School, Prince George BC (Nov 2007). “He showed he was not going to get involved in a fight, he stood up for his rights, ultimately he walked away with his dignity and spirit intact. He did everything that he could have to rise above and he did.” READ MORE

Ashley Smith 19, high school student, New Brunswick (Oct 2007) “she threw crab apples to postal worker who allegedly delivering late welfare checks to their neighbor…she was jailed and was put into a solitary confinement” READ MORE

Megan Taylor Meier 13, Dardenne Prairie, Missouri (Oct 2006). “She was described by her parents as a “bubbly, goofy” girl who enjoyed spending time with her friends and family”

Eric Mohat 17, high school student Mentor, “He seemed to have a quirky sense of humor and was also very sensitive.” Ohio (Mar 2007). READ MORE

Brodie Panlock, 19-year-old waitress who bullied at workplace from Melbourne, Australia (Sep, 2006) (“Brodie died in September 2006 after what a magistrate described as ”persistent and vicious behaviour” towards her at the former Cafe Vamp in Glenferrie Road, Hawthorn…Staff members Marc Da Cruz, Nicholas Smallwood, Rhys MacAlpine, and Gabriel Toomey – and Da Cruz’s company – pleaded guilty last year to workplace charges. The five defendants were convicted and fined a total of $335,000. A coroner earlier said Smallwood and MacAlpine were ”relentless in their efforts to demean” Brodie, terrible details her parents had listened to in disbelief”). READ MORE

Private Jeremy Williams 20, military cadet from Singleton, New South Wales (Feb. 2003) “If they’re subject to bullying, then very sinister options emerge. And that’s why we’ve had these suicides, we’ve had these young people despairing of their situation.” READ MORE

Joshua Melo, 15 yrs old from Strathroy, ON (2004) “…The bullying which lead to Joshua’s suicide unfolded against a backdrop of debate in recent months about whether or not the Thames Valley District School Board, which includes Joshua’s school, should teach children about homosexuality and tolerance. Sadly, while such debates drone on, kids get the distinct impression that adults can’t decide whether or not gaybashing is actually wrong. In that vacuum homophobia persists; the deadliest weapon in the bully’s arsenal, the most widely condoned brand of discrimination, the one that still gets a wink and nod from some of the pulpits in Strathroy…” READ MORE

Gilles Moreau 16, high school student, Stony Plain, AB (June 2001). “People used to throw him in garbage cans and leave him for over two hours and he used to do nothing. He used to still consider them friends and I don’t think he deserved what he got,” said one boy who knew him.” READ MORE

Greg Doucette 15, Notre Dame Secondary School, Brampton, TO (Oct 2002). “tormented about his acne by bullies” READ MORE

Hamed Nastoh 14, high school student, Surrey, BC (Mar 2000). “When I gave birth to Hamed, he was so beautiful. I looked into his big brown eyes and said, ‘How lucky I am: two sons, in a country that’s free of war and violence.” READ MORE

Dawn-Marie Wesley, 14, high school student, Mission, BC (Nov 2000). “If I try to get help, it will get worse. They are always looking for a new person to beat up and they are the toughest girls. If I ratted, they would get suspended and there would be no stopping them. I love you all so much.” READ MORE

Myles Neuts, 10 yrs old from Chatham, ON (1998) “…Myles Neuts was an artistic boy, and the year before his death, he made one of those childish bets about a poster competition for the Legion with a boy who was a year older. The bet was for “10 bucks” and Myles’ poster was a winner. From then on, when ever he saw the other youth, he would joke about the $10 that was never paid. It’s a situation that is played out on hundreds of school yards across the nation, with no expectation of paying up, or being paid off. But, that incident had life-altering consequences for Myles, for the Neuts family, and for the two boys and their families. Since the inquest that ended more than two years after Myles Neuts’ death, Mike Neuts is speaking out to young people, bringing his anti bullying message to people, and hoping he can create empathy in youngsters…” READ MORE

Jared High, 12 (Sept. 23, 1985 – Sept. 29, 1998), 6th grade at McLoughlin Middle School, featured in a documentary E! Investigates: Bullying, USA (Sep 1998) READ MORE

Reena Virk (March 10, 1983 – November 14, 1997) was a resident of Saanich, British Columbia, Canada. Her status as a bullying and murder victim attracted substantial media attention in Canada. Virk was first swarmed by eight teenagers (seven girls and one boy). The names of six of the girls involved in the first beating, known collectively as “the Shoreline Six,” have not all been released. Following the first beating the boy, Warren Glowatski, and Kelly Ellard murdered Virk. Glowatski was given a life sentence after being convicted of second-degree murder. Ellard was tried three times. The verdict of her third trial, a conviction, was set aside. The verdict was appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada which ruled not to hold a fourth trial in an 8-1 decision, upholding the conviction and sentence. The Globe and Mail commented at the time that her case had been “elevated into a national tragedy.”[1] Canadian sociologists have described the case as a watershed moment for a “moral panic” over girl violence by the Canadian public in the late 1990s (Wikipedia) READ MORE

Matthew Wayne Shepard (December 1, 1976 – October 12, 1998) was a 21-year-old student at the University of Wyoming who was tortured and murdered near Laramie, Wyoming, in October 1998. He was attacked on the night of October 6–7, and died at Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado, on October 12 from severe head injuries. During the trial, witnesses stated that Shepard was targeted because he was homosexual. Shepard’s murder brought national and international attention to the issue of hate crime legislation at the state and federal levels (Wikipedia)

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