Was Bullying Primary Cause for Jamey’s Suicide?

There is nothing more horrendous, no act more inhuman, than to treat your fellow man like something you’d scrape off the bottom of your shoe and discard, no matter what you might think of the lifestyle the person leads.

Jamey Rodemeyer was a teen who felt driven to take his own life.  A very sad and very tragic time for his family and my prayers are with them.  And bullying anywhere is an issue that needs to be addressed.  Parents need to step up to the plate and teach their children that bullying is evil and inhumane.  But until that happens we need to teach our children how to deal with bullies, by teaching them some moves they can use to defend themselves against physical attacks and how to handle verbal attacks.

But is it right to blame bullying as the primary cause of this poor child’s suicide as some are doing?  Because many kids are unfortunately bullied, yet many of these kids grow up to lead normal and healthy lives and would never once think of taking their own lives.  So it seems to me that the only thing that could be blamed in this case is perhaps insufficient mental health services and counseling to help people who are bullied deal with its mental effects.

But it seems to me that the first step would be teaching our children that they are equal in dignity and worth as human beings and to stand up for themselves when someone suggests otherwise through bullying.