Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Dead Kids and the Con Bullies
I'm glad to see that the sad story of Amanda Todd is getting so much attention all over the world.
An outpouring of grief from around the world continued on social media websites Saturday for Amanda Todd, the 15-year-old Port Coquitlam girl who ended her life Wednesday after years of bullying.
Even if some of it is so evil.
Cruel photos and comments littered her memorial pages, including one photo of a young woman hanging herself with a rope and another of a bottle of bleach and the caption “it’s to die for.”
I'm glad that so many are so outraged, and that so many are demanding that bullies be punished.
But I can't help wondering why did it take so long? And will anything really come of it?
Because I've been writing about Canada's bully problem for six years, my list of dead Canadian kids is a long one.
Four in the last year alone...
Like 11-year-old Mitchell Wilson who was tormented by bullies because he was a gentle kid who suffered from muscular dystrophy. Or Jamie Hubley who killed himself after being bullied for being gay. Or 15-year-old Marjorie Raymond who told her mother in her suicide note that she was going to a place where the bullies couldn't hurt her:
"You are the best mother in the world. ....I'll now be your guardian angel in a better place."
And in all that time, and despite all those tragic deaths, Stephen Harper's Con government hasn't done ANYTHING to fight this horrible crime against children.
In many other developed countries governments have national anti-bullying programs, and run anti-bullying ads on TV. But not the Cons. They spend millions on their War of 1812 or Porky Action Plan ads, but they don't have any money to try to save Canadian kids from being bullied to death.
For they will pose as crime fighters, they will send more kids to jail for smoking pot. But they will let the bullies get away with MURDER.
And why is this? Answer: because their rabid religious base hates anti-bullying programs, like Ontario's Bill 13, that would prevent them from tormenting gay kids.
And of course because Stephen Harper is a bully himself, and would turn our country into a JUNGLE.
Oh boy. Let's hope the sad death of Amanda Todd moves Canadians to take action, and forces even the Cons to do the right and decent thing. But in the meantime we'll just have to keep on fighting the problem with humble resources like this one and this one.
I'll keep writing posts about bullying that few are interested in reading.
And Jamie Hubley, who believed that things would never get better. So he killed himself.
Will keep singing this sad song...
Merciful God of The Great White North.
Please save our poor children. Spare us from this bully regime.
Deliver us from this monster...
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