This is truly a tragic story. Sadly, the bullying phenomenon is not uncommon at all. I just wonder how many bullied students are driven to desperate measures--especially suicide? Bullying is an inexcusable, tragic phenomenon that CAN
and WILL destroy the victim. From personal experience, I know that kids can be the most cruel, inhuman savages out there.
With my craniofacial anomalies, I have experienced severe bullying myself--especially in my junior high years (1988-1990). This was a living hell for me. It was a daily thing for me to experience--verbal taunting, physical abuse, even death threats on occasion from classmates at my public middle school. Even the principal of the middle school did not do anything about it; in fact, one day he told my mom to her face that "the kids would give Francis more respect if he'd just take off that 'Walkman'"--he was referring to the large, bulky hearing aid I was wearing then! Before that, I had faced rejection from teachers at my previous parochial elementary school (in fact, that school did not even want me in the first place). In fact, it destroyed me emotionally for several years afterwards--I became like a zombie, cold, and hard on the outside.
It took many years to recover from the "purgatory" of junior high--even after I had transferred out of my public school system to a smaller college-preparatory high school (where for the first time ever I felt welcomed and loved and treated with human dignity). Even in the nurturing environment of my high school, I still had to learn to trust people again and express my feelings (which I had deeply buried inside myself); I was for a few years a cold, hard, zombie-type person, just going through the motions of life. However in that environment, I began to come out of my shell, trust people again, and finally begin to become the person I was meant to be and to meet my potential.
It was due to my faith in God (which I somehow held onto, even in the hell of junior high), my supportive family, my high school, and my friends, that I was able to become myself again, meet my potential, and go on to do what I am doing now here in London.
What might have happened eventually to me if I had not been able to escape the situation in junior high or recover from it? I shudder to think what might have happened to me ultimately...
When will this atrocity called bullying stop? When will school administrators, teachers, and others realize it and start cracking down on it?
I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made... (Psalm 139:14)