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A new study published  bythe Australian and New Zealand Journal  of Psychiatry has found a link between depression and being victimized by bullies.

As a parent of a bullied victim and subsequent depressed teen, I am not surprised.  Amy’s problems began in 5th grade, when she was targeted by a group of boys and verbally degraded and harassed.  She spent the whole year putting up with it, never letting on at home, but it ate away at her.  She lost her self confidence and succumbed to their torments until she began to believe them.

We didn’t know about any of this.  Her withdrawal from family and social activities was put down to her approaching teen-hood.   We just figured that she was just being a usual teen and spending all of her time in her room.  It wasn’t until a few weeks before she was to start 6th grade that we started to suspect it was something else.  She would cry at the drop of the hat and moped around complaining that school was going to start.   A few weeks after the start of school, she made her suicide attempt.  We then found out about the bullying.

We did report it to the school.  The guidance counselor told us that this couldn’t be true, those were good Christian kids and they were part of his prayer group.  And no, it wasn’t a faith based school, it was a public school.  They were given a slap on the wrist.  We were left with a shattered child.

No, it’s not fair and schools need to keep up with new developments.  Her school guidance counselor was ill equipped for his job and probably shouldn’t be in his position. I didn’t have time to complain about his handling of the situation.  We were fighting for Amy’s life, literally, and we couldn’t fight two battles at once.

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