Nowadays, bullying happens at a lot of schools in the US. It’s a huge problem for our society because it takes the lives of our children away. This time, in Memphis, Tennessee, a 12-year-old boy commits suicide because he was bullied at his school.
How it happened?
Andy Leach was a Southaven 6-grader with the rest of his life ahead. He played saxophone and was a boy scout. The mother, Cheryl Hudson, says he was a fun-loving, sarcastic, and compassionate child. However, she admits that her son has been bullied throughout the whole school year. She tells that in school bathrooms, children can even say horrible things like “you are not going to make it out of it alive.”
“I can’t wrap my head around, what was going through my child’s mind that was so bad at 12 years old that he felt he had to take his own life,” the mother tries to hold her tears.
Andy’s 16-year-old brother, who admits that he also was a victim of bullying at school, found Andy in the father’s garage who hung himself earlier.
Bullied because of sexual identity
Andy’s father, Matt Leach, says that allegedly, the bullying intensified after Andy came out as bisexual. Statistics may confirm that. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that approximately 34 percent of students who are lesbians, gays, or bisexuals have been bullied in schools; some of them have even been threatened with a weapon. And these are the cases they know. Imagine how many of them are kept in secret.
Cheryl Hudson has vowed to fight against bullying with everything she has got. She gathers people of Memphis for a rally in memory of her son and to prevent any further tragedies from happening.
There some important tips for parents to prevent bullying:
- Talk to children about bullying before they experience it somewhere else.
- Exclude any kind of bullying in your own home.
- Teach your children how to cope with bullying.
- Last but not least, talk with them more about everything. Try to become friends and not just parents.
We pray for Andy’s family and hope they can make it through. Let’s teach our children a good, worthy lesson. And most importantly, let’s be friends with them.
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