Children being driven to suicide to escape the pain, humiliation, fear and taunts of bullying from peers is becoming a regular headline. Earlier this month Rebecca Sedwick, 12, hid her school books under a pile of clothes, changed her “screen name” to “That Dead Girl,” walked to a cement plant tower nearby and jumped to her death.
She had been relentlessly bullied for a year by a group of about 15 kids on new message apps taunting “You’re ugly,” “Why are you still alive?” and “Can u die please?”
Although she was living in Florida, this news is in the headlines around the country and is something that has also touched nearby communities in recent history.
Do you think your child would never commit suicide? Neither did the parents of thousands of children like Rebecca’s.
Why are parents or teachers often the last to know that the child is experiencing that depth of pain and trauma? How can you be sure that your child isn’t willingly participating in the hateful taunting like so many other children?
Local author on bullying prevention, Dee DiGioia intends to provide answers and solutions to these and other questions at an upcoming workshop.
“No child should ever feel afraid to come to school or feel that ending their life is the only answer to ending the pain and torment of bullying. Come find out what the missing pieces are to create an effective workout plan for homes or classrooms to help children, and adults, become leaders committed to compassion and helping to stop bullying,” DiGioia, founder of Caring and Courageous Kids, said.
“Stop Bullying Bootcamp: Compassion Workout for Home and School” is being offered on Sunday, Oct. 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Spiritual Center for Positive Living, 3104 Ponte Morino, Suite 100, Cameron Park
To learn more visit CaringandCourageousKids.com or contact DiGioia at CCKidsDee@gmail.com or 760-709-1511.