Bullied 8th Grader Commits Suicide

Mar 31, 2010 Full story: MyFoxDFW 10

An eighth grade student at Loflin Middle School in Joshua committed suicide over the weekend by hanging himself in a barn near his home.

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R Philley

Dallas, TX

#1 Mar 31, 2010
Condolences to the family of this young man. As a former BIC teacher, counselor and juvenile probation officer I am appalled at the bullying of this young man as well as the others going through this same process yet unreported. If the behavior of one or more students crossed a line of decency and respect that led to this death I take the stand that these students be held accountable of manslaughter! I abhor abortion. What is worse to me is "abortion" of a life that has been lived for 13 years and suddenly aborted by disrespectful, inconsiderate, and evil behavior that is accepted as "boys will be boys". Boys normally grow into men unless their lives are "aborted". In this Celebration of Easter season, how many more Crucifieds do we need? At last report One was enough!
Jared

Burleson, TX

#2 Mar 31, 2010
I went to that school and I know what it was like to be bullied. Joshua is notorious for leaving problems unresolved so would be surprised if they did anthing at all. But that was under a diiferent superintendent so hopefully this one will address the issue. My prayers go out to this family and to his peers. God bless!
Jamie

Emory, TX

#3 Mar 31, 2010
R Philly I am going to copy and paste your comment to my FB page, because I could not agree with you more. www.facebook.com/JamieHolcomb-Basham feel free to add me we are having a nice discussion. I too went to JISD class of 2000

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Since: Jun 08

Derby City

#4 Mar 31, 2010
Why are young people so hateful for these days?Whatver happened to respect for your fellow human beings?We are failing as a society,we really are.
CLASSIFIED

Fort Worth, TX

#5 Apr 1, 2010
This is a horrifying and untollerable thing. Dr. Cavin (principle of loflin mid.) should do soething about this. The pictures of the poor young boy is what made him kill himself. I think the people who made him kill himself should be put in jail. Everybody deserves a chance, a life, and most impotantly a place to know you are safe. I personally know some one related to this person. He was very depressed and wouldn't talk to anyone after this happened.
Concerned

Joshua, TX

#6 Apr 7, 2010
CLASSIFIED wrote:
This is a horrifying and untollerable thing. Dr. Cavin (principle of loflin mid.) should do soething about this. The pictures of the poor young boy is what made him kill himself. I think the people who made him kill himself should be put in jail. Everybody deserves a chance, a life, and most impotantly a place to know you are safe. I personally know some one related to this person. He was very depressed and wouldn't talk to anyone after this happened.
What pictures. If you know something then you need to report it to the police. Do what you are supposed to do!Did you see pictures? If so, from who? Where are they? Help the investigators! Do something!!! and quit talking about what everyone else needs to do.
Parent in JISD

Bellevue, WA

#7 Apr 7, 2010
Concerned wrote:
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What pictures. If you know something then you need to report it to the police. Do what you are supposed to do!Did you see pictures? If so, from who? Where are they? Help the investigators! Do something!!! and quit talking about what everyone else needs to do.
I couldnt agree with you more!! I believe i will call Joshua PD and give them what info is here for them to do further 'digging'
Parent in JISD

Bellevue, WA

#8 Apr 7, 2010
Another teen 17 yr old comitted suicide yesterday driving her car head on into an on coming Dr Pepper truck, she had a 4 mnth old baby, reports say she was having problems with the babys father, in Joshua www.wfaa.com
NRH Parent

Keller, TX

#9 Apr 8, 2010
I really have been praying for this family, and I wanted to say that my daughter too is 13 and attends North Richland Middle school and we are having the same problems. Everytime I read an article of a prosperous young laife taken at the hands of themselves because of "Bullies" I talk to both my children and explain that suicide is not the answer. Unfortunatly I am sorry to know that there are a few teens that feel that there is no other way, which make me beleive that whom ever is bulling them is evil enough to think that this is "Fun and games" Well is it now that this poor baby boy is gone, his parents will never see him graduate, go to Prom, get married or even have children. I really hope that these "Mean kids" get their A**es whipped by their parents THEN spend time in a facility long enough to not enjoy the things that this boy will never enjoy in life because of them. You know maybe even they should have been taken to the morgue to see what he done to himself on account of these boys,that they made him feel he no other choice nut to take his life than to face them everyday at school. Boy, if it was legal there are a couple of little disrespectful girls in my daughters grade that I would love to bend over my knee and it sounds to me that these boys that picked him needed the same thing.I also think that alot of the problems are parents condoning the bulling as well and passing it off as " normal teenagers" well I have news for these parents it is not normal when your child is scared to go to school because he/she is afraid of what the kid in class is going to make fun of them for or if they will be jumped and noy by 1 kid but usually 3 or 4. I pray this school and my daughters as well as all the schools administration stand up and take care of thjis problem. Also one more thing...What ever happened to kids going to Alternative School or Sat. School or ISS when behaving badly is everything just "Counsling" now when the kids screw up???
Jamie

Emory, TX

#10 Apr 8, 2010
NRH Parent wrote:
I really have been praying for this family, and I wanted to say that my daughter too is 13 and attends North Richland Middle school and we are having the same problems. Everytime I read an article of a prosperous young laife taken at the hands of themselves because of "Bullies" I talk to both my children and explain that suicide is not the answer. Unfortunatly I am sorry to know that there are a few teens that feel that there is no other way, which make me beleive that whom ever is bulling them is evil enough to think that this is "Fun and games" Well is it now that this poor baby boy is gone, his parents will never see him graduate, go to Prom, get married or even have children. I really hope that these "Mean kids" get their A**es whipped by their parents THEN spend time in a facility long enough to not enjoy the things that this boy will never enjoy in life because of them. You know maybe even they should have been taken to the morgue to see what he done to himself on account of these boys,that they made him feel he no other choice nut to take his life than to face them everyday at school. Boy, if it was legal there are a couple of little disrespectful girls in my daughters grade that I would love to bend over my knee and it sounds to me that these boys that picked him needed the same thing.I also think that alot of the problems are parents condoning the bulling as well and passing it off as " normal teenagers" well I have news for these parents it is not normal when your child is scared to go to school because he/she is afraid of what the kid in class is going to make fun of them for or if they will be jumped and noy by 1 kid but usually 3 or 4. I pray this school and my daughters as well as all the schools administration stand up and take care of thjis problem. Also one more thing...What ever happened to kids going to Alternative School or Sat. School or ISS when behaving badly is everything just "Counsling" now when the kids screw up???
You read my mind, my best friend and I were just discussing the use of Alternative School for the bullies, sadly in JISD as far back as 2000 when I graduated it was/is used for teen parents, those with drug or drinking problems, those whom have a criminal record and sometimes those who are in a hurry to finish school, Saturday School is primarily used for those students who may lose class credit due to absences. In my experience sometimes ISS/OCS was preferred by some students simply because they could hurry up and finish their work then sleep the rest of the day. I believe that schools may have to go as far as suspension, or expulsion from school with police involvement.

Also for those who read my previous statement I notified the family of Jon Carmichael today as to the comments made here.

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