Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Brandon's Story

Here are some short quotes from Bullycide in America, taken from Brandon's Chapter - Bullies Who Kill - By Cathy Swartwood Mitchell

“The worst sin toward our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them: that's the essence of inhumanity.” George Bernard Shaw

"...I have tried to write Brandon’s story for three days and have not been able to complete it…maybe today. I have a lot to say and this is a very painful and emotional subject for me. While my heart goes out to the victims of all school shootings, a different type of crime is happening in our schools. It has devastated my life.

"Although rarely labeled as such, "bullying" is a crime. It injures, maims, destroys and kills. Until a proactive approach is taken against crimes of bullying, a reactive approach to crimes of school shootings is futile.

"Bullying is a crime in which the perpetrators are rarely punished and the victims rarely receive justice. This crime is usually repetitive and a victim is injured and traumatized over and over again. When bullying claims yet another victim, few notice and even fewer care.

"Oftentimes, the victims themselves are blamed by being told that they must be doing something to "deserve" it. These victims are isolated and usually suffer in silence. The media doesn't broadcast the injuries or deaths of these silenced victims. Our nation doesn't share in their pain or extend sympathies to their survivors. Communities aren't outraged by these senseless and equally devastating crimes. The only outrage in our nation — in our communities — is when the psychological injuries caused by the bullying are externalized, and we have yet another school shooting."


To order, "Bullycide in America: Moms speak out about the Bullying/suicide connection" go to http://www.bullycide.org/. The book can be ordered by e-book (download), or by softbound print.