When Bullies Win, Everyone Loses

Mitch Teemley

Thought for the Week

“Though the boys throw stones at the frogs in sport, the frogs do not die in sport, they die in earnest.”  ~Bion of Borysthenes (325 – 250 B.C.)

Suicides among children have tripled since the start of the 2000s, and bullying is a key factor in this upsurge. Five years ago in my city, Gabriel Taye, the eight-year-old boy in the pictures above, hung himself. Today’s Cincinnati Enquirerrecounts (edited):

Gabriel was bullied repeatedly before he took his own life. He would come home (from school) with injuries that school officials either did not explain or lied about in the months leading up to his death. (His) parents said their son would come home with bruises or teeth missing. One of those incidents, which took place in the boys’ restroom days before Gabriel died, was captured on school video. In the video, another student pushes Gabriel into…

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