A while back, my manager told me a story about his son being fined $50.00 for
bullying. He went on to tell me that his son was misunderstood by the principal.
In fact, he told me that his son was just trying to help. As I listened to my
manager tell me this story I couldn’t help but think about the many
passive aggressive methods my manager had cultivated and used to bully everyone
around him for many years. I was sickened to think that bullies raise bullies.
A bully is someone with deep rooted personal and psychological problems.
Bullies find people they can victimize and they cause the same type of damage to
their victims that we see associated with sexually related crimes. For
instance, guilt, self blame, and shame. The shame imposed on the victim is
preventing them from reporting additional instances of being bullied and they
suffer in silence. My thoughts and prayer go out to this young man’s
The only people who have no problem with bullying are the people raising
bullies. They deny the problem exists as to be in denial of their bad
Sad, quite sad! My condolences to this student's (victim's)
family!By the way, Brandon? Is that his name and therefore a
coincidence with the Brandon in the article? Or are we just not reading the
article well?Re: "He was nice to everyone, even if sometimes
people weren't nice to him," said Bennion ninth-grader Brandon
This is too sad for words. I have no idea why Brandon felt there was no hope for
him in this world but I do know that the culture in Utah tacitly endorses
bullying of a certain orientation. Hopefully, parents can look within themselves
and stop hateful, hurtful words that kids feel justified in using.
One thing parents should do is sit down their kids and talk to them about the
problems of bullying. No one wants someone to take their life, but bullying
goes on everyday at every school, and the awareness needs to be elevated.Sad story, my prayers go out to the young man who took his life and his
family and peers.
Very sad. My heart goes out to the boy's family, and the kids who were
forced to witness this terrible event, and the whole school.Isn't there a risk of contagion for something like this? I know students
need to process this somehow, and I'm not sure what the alternative is, but
by sending out mass invitations and congregating to memorialize this boy in this
way, right at the place of suicide no less, aren't we inviting more kids
who feel marginalized to consider seeking their own moment of recognition and
acceptance in the same way? It worries me.
Sad...No Words just tears..
My deepest condolances to the friends and famiy he left behind. My heart
especially goes out to his friends that witnessed it. That's something no
one should ever have to see. May God be with you all!
Deepest condolences to Brandon's family and friends. Tell us about the
Brandon you know and love.