Suicides of students, staff members and others in the school community present growing challenges to students, counselors, psychologists, administrators, teachers, school-based police and others in the school community. These challenges are intensified when the suicide occurs on campus. I am very saddened to read several media stories documenting student suicides that have occurred on school […]
How schools can take a lead in youth suicide prevention
As increasing attention has – rightly – been paid to the issue of school-related bullying, growing attention, too, has come to the relationship between bullying and suicide. We’re doing more to address bullying with our nation’s youth, but we’re not yet doing enough to address the problem of suicide, the third leading cause of death […]
Federal Bullying Police Investigate CA School Gay Suicide
Civil rights investigators from the U.S. Department of Education spent two days last week interviewing students, teachers and administrators in Tehachapi Unified School District where a 13-year-old male student committed suicide after allegedly being bullied by classmates because he was gay. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s spokesperson confirmed this in an Associated Press story (Feds eye […]
Why Bullying Hysteria Ignores Suicide Facts & Risks Contagion
Following the suicide of a suburban Cleveland teen this past weekend, a crying parent suspects bullying. A school superintendent reports to a local TV station that the death was not related to bullying and shares a series of strategies used to address bullying. Then the victim’s parents confirm their son’s death was indeed not bullying related. […]
Bullying & Teen Suicide Requires a Closer Look at Mental Health
The recent public frenzy about bullying, along with multiple teen suicides, creates understandable grief and stress for everyone. The word “bullycide” and claims of kids being “bullied to death” have filled the media airwaves and newspapers, blogs, and Twitter in recent weeks. Bullying has been increasingly politicized by special interest groups and all the way up to the White […]
Surge in Anti-Gay Bullying Suicides or Surge in Politics?
Saturday’s Associated Press story entitled, “Suicide surge: Schools confront anti-gay bullying,” raises a couple of important questions: How do people know within hours or even days that the reason behind a teen suicide is because of bullying or anti-gay harassment? Can the reason(s) behind a suicide be determined that quickly? What type of formal investigations, […]
Bullycide: Death by Bullying or Deeper Mental Health Issues?
Does bullying cause suicide? You would think so if you read and hear some of the headlines, comments, and advocacy by anti-bullying law special interests following several suicides completed by youth who were reported victims of chronic bullying at school. I certainly do not question whether these kids were bullied. I do not question whether the bullying added significant […]