Life is tough when you’re a kid. As adults we can look back wistfully and want to go back to a life that seemed so much easier and simpler.
And in a way it is — but at the same time, learning how to interact with the people around you and understanding how to interact with yourself can be difficult.
Not that it got any easier over the years, but at least as an adult you learned something new.
As a child, you had nothing to relate to.
This is why bullying is so difficult for children.
There aren’t really many places to go, so your co-workers become your whole world.
And when your whole world is against you at every turn, how can you keep moving forward?
No wonder there are so many anti-bullying campaigns targeting children.
Unfortunately, as many parents can tell you, they’re not exactly the most effective.
Unfortunately, the results are frightening.
Seven Bridges, a 10-year-old boy from Kentucky, was recently found dead at his family’s home – a heartbreaking sight for his mother, Tami Charles, as she returned home.
According to Charles, who was out shopping that fateful Saturday morning, Seven was severely bullied by the children at Kerrick Elementary School.
Why exactly were they picking on him?
Seven suffered from a medical defect from birth, one so severe that the poor boy had to undergo 26 surgeries by the time he was 10.
However, all of those surgeries alone weren’t enough to fix the problem — he also had to use a colostomy bag because of his bowel condition.
That and the bad odor his health condition caused made the little boy an easy target for bullying.
This wasn’t something parents weren’t aware of.
In fact, Charles and Seven had been talking about changing schools for the next year so the boy could have a fresh start and make new friends.
This way he could avoid the constant bullying of the other kids on the school bus.
He just had to finish that final year of school.
He never made it.
Seven’s father was at a church choir rehearsal at the time, so Charles was alone when she found his body hanging in the closet.
It was clear that the boy, in his distress, did not want his parents to see the consequences of his suicide.
This could easily have been prevented.
Charles and her husband had constantly urged the school administration to stand up for the gate and do more to prevent bullying in the classroom.
The couple claimed the system was riddled with holes and inconsistencies when it came to its anti-bullying policy, making it easy for cases like Seven’s bullying to slip through the cracks.
It’s absolutely heartbreaking to see something like this happen to a child at such a young age, especially when you realize that the system that should have protected them didn’t.
Here’s hoping his parents can recover from this trauma and that it never has to happen again.
https://news.detroitdailynews.com/2022/12/19/a-10-year-old-boy-kills-himself-after-receiving-cruel-remarks-for-sporting-a-colonoscopy-bag/ A 10-year-old boy kills himself after receiving cruel remarks for carrying a colonoscopy bag