My heart aches for these parents. I imagine they have spent many hours wondering what they could have done differently. Endless tears shed for the boys they will never see again. These victims need to be remembered. Look at their young faces. Remember their names. Think about what you can do to be there for your loved ones, so that they don’t fall prey to the same fate.
As parents, we want the best for our kids, but we don’t always have the answers. What we can do is try our best to create an open and honest relationship with them. Talk to them, support them and most importantly, accept them. Accept them for who they are and what they want to be. Support their decisions and provide guidance when they need it. These children are ending their lives over what other people think about them. They are dying because they had been pushed so far down by others that they couldn’t bear to live another day and put up with it. How does this happen?!
I don’t know what happened to these kids. I don’t know if they told their friends, parents, or any adult that may have been able to help; I don’t even know if they received any help at all; What I do know is, whatever happened, it wasn’t enough to keep them on this earth.
Please, get involved. Remember these faces and use them as an example that we have to listen AND act to help our kids and our friends and our students. Make our kids aware that they have a support system. Let them know that they have a voice. Most importantly, help them understand that they are wonderful no matter who they are. If we cannot get rid of the bullies in this world, than we can arm our children with the confidence to be proud of who they are and the ability to stay strong.