You better all fucking reblog this.
This is honestly amazing. I love this so much.
This gave me chills
This made me cry
And I can’t stress this enough, as roughly 33% of Tumblr is from America: American laws state that if you encourage someone to commit suicide, and they do, you are held directly responsible for their death. The charges, I believe, are either assisting suicide or manslaughter.
Same exact thing happened here where I live. A freshman at my friend’s school took his life a few weeks ago due to bullying by some kids in his class, especially by another boy. Apparently, the entire freshmen class (in fact, the entire fucking school) was (obviously) horrified, devastated, and emotionally destroyed when their principal went in front of them at an assembly and loosely explained that “he had passed away” the day before. When my friend told me about this, she told me about how she had cried and prayed for his soul. When I went home that night, I cried and prayed as well even though I’m not necessarily religious. I didn’t know him at all, but I’ll never stop feeling this pain in my chest when people talk about suicide. I’ve been there. Maybe not as far as planning out my death, but I have been put under a minor suicide watch before. But I understand the pain that comes with thoughts of suicide, so I’ll always ache and cry over those who didn’t survive it like I did.
Maybe people think no one will care if someone commits suicide. But to put things in perspective, well, everyone cared. No one around where I lived knew the kid, but it ruins you when it happens in your own community. Whether it’s because people are grieving over their loved one, they feel guilty bc they thought they “could have done something”, they’re like me and they hate the thought of ANYONE ever being in so much pain, or they’re simply tender-hearted about death in general.
Last I heard, the main bully (who, obviously, harassed the kid the most) is on a severe suicide watch. He’s so guilty and disgusted with himself because he had been maybe one of few causes this kid offed himself, that he immediately sunk into a deep depression and is contemplating suicide. I imagine that he was being a stupid teenager like his friends and most 15-17 year olds across the country, making fun of some kid to feel better about themselves, doing really, really stupid things. I’d like to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that suicide was never even an option in this community.
I’m also saying this because the guilt he will face for the rest of his entire life will consume him and he’ll live in regret and despair until he finds some sort of forgiveness within himself. Should he have bullied the kid? Absolutely not. But he’s still a kid as well and bullying still isn’t exactly portrayed in reality, so his suicidal-guilt is proof enough to me that he honest-to-God didn’t know what he was doing. It just proves to me more that this is something that needs to be made aware of more often; explaining to kids that “no, you can’t put someone down to feel better”. And if someone says that their special-snowflake kids are “too young” or “too innocent” to know that their words can hurt, please go explain this to the parents of a 10-year-old suicide/bullying-victim or even another suicidal victim of bullying (12) where the bullies didn’t give two shits about her death (12 and 14).
So no, my friends. Your children are not protected under your little bubble from the horrors of this world.
But why hide it from them? This is what causes suicide, bullying, harassment, etc. They’re too protected from this stuff to be well-educated about results of their actions, and bad things happen. Very bad things. This is why it’s so, so, so important that we bring awareness to bullying. This is why we don’t dismiss the feelings of teenagers or even fucking children simply because we underestimate them.
I still pray for those who have taken their own lives and hope their memory lasts with respect and a new perspective on how foul words can affect someone. I also pray for people like the bully, who have seen the error of their ways and are in pain because of it, because they’re more enlightened but the cost can easily be a lifetime of guilt and misery. I would never wish suicide or depression on a person, no matter how vicious they are. Why? Because I’ve been there. Because I understand.
To be honest, I just don’t know where I went with this post. But I saw it and I really wanted to share these stories. I don’t think I’ve commented on a post about suicide before, so this is pretty personal for me. I love how flowersinbonecages responded to the message (using explanations for why the words are bad) and I hope to God that he/she is still alright, and I promise that things do get better when you stick it out until the end.