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Like Thieves In The Night

Brandon's Story – Bullies Who Kill

Brandon Chris Smartwood, 2/21/82 – 12/16/00:

Bully suicide victim Brandon
	Chris Smartwood

"While you are going through the system to fight for your child's rights, your child is the one going into the battlefield and today could be the day that he or she is fatally wounded."
– Brandon's mom, Cathy Smartwood Mitchell

...For several years, I tried to work. I had no focus, no energy and enough anger to do a mass killing of those responsible. Thank God, I had enough maturity, morals and maintained enough sanity, barely, to refrain from seeking revenge. I say "barely" on the sanity thing because I was crazy with grief and anger.

...So there I sat, for the first time in my life, in jail. I had a prescription bottle of pills in my jean jacket. I was an emotional wreck. I emptied the entire bottle into my hand as I contemplated my situation. - Cathy

Fighting The System

Jared's Story – "The scars never go away"

Jenjared Benjamin High, 09/23/85 – 09/29/98:

Bully suicide victim Jared Benjamin High

"It's your child. You must fight for him or her. No one cares like a parent cares...a parent is motivated by love."
– Jared's mom, Brenda High

Put yourself into the shoes of a victim of bullying. Every day a child is bullied is an eternity to them. We worry about terrorists coming into our country and doing us harm. A victim of bullying walks into their school each day knowing their terrorist could strike any moment and destroy their wounded spirit again, and again. How long can a child play on the freeway dodging cars before the experience finally becomes too much and they go over the edge? - Brenda

Girl to Girl Bullying

Corinne's Story – "Just Go Home and Kill Yourself"

Corinne Wilson, 09/30/91 – 10/06/04:

Bully suicide victim Corinne Wilson

"Don't be afraid of the school, the teachers or administrators.  You must remember they work for you, and your children.  If you don't stand up for your child, who will?"
– Corinne's mom, Rochelle Sides

...It started slowly with rumors, secrets and exclusion; it progressed to harassment and violence. Like most victims of relational aggression, Corinne blamed herself for her bully's behavior. She internalized her pain and kept the bullying to herself in an attempt to maintain a relationship with her bullies, as many girls do.  As a result, it damaged her self-esteem and caused severe depression, which ultimately led to Corinne taking her life. - Rochelle

Hazing – Another Form Of Bullying

Matt's Story – "Rite of Passage"

Matthew Alexander Epling, 2/10/88 – 7/16/02:

Bully suicide victim Matthew Alexander Epling

"Don't be fooled. Bullying doesn't have to be repeated, or take place over a period of time. Each child is different. Even one traumatic instance can cripple a young mind into a well of despair."
– Matt's mom, Tammy Epling

...Hazing has a few different components than bullying, but at the core, they are both about "power and control". One person has power and control, one person does not. Bullying, harassment, and hazing – they are all sick twisted coustins. It is sometimes hard to dine when hazing is an assault and when repeated hazing becomes bullying. In order to make a wider base we wated to incorporate all of the aspects of bullying, harassment and hazing together into a comprehensive anti-bullying plan. - Tammy and Kevin Epling

What It Feels Like

April's Story – 8 Months to Bullycide

April Himes, 4/27/86 – 2/14/00:

Bully suicide victim April Himes

"Bullies WILL cause depression and depression is the number one cause of suicide. The signs are there - be aware!"
– April's mom, Summer Clinton

...A person that takes his/her life by suicide is not thinking of themselves or anyone else. A depressed and suicidal person is not thinking - the brain is not functioning well enough to have any real thoughts. There are only feelings. It's all about emotions. You feel sad, upset, unloved, disparity, hopeless, helpless, alone, gloomy, weighted down and rejection. - Summer

Recipe for a Disaster

Kristina's Story – Nice Girls Finish Last Too

Kristina Arielle Calco, 12/26/89 – 12/4/05:

Bully suicide victim Kristina Arielle Calco

"If you think something is wrong, something is probably wrong. Go with your gut feelings."
– Kristina's mom, Michelle Calco

...Take one part shy & sensitive, impressionable, naive young girl and add a lack of self-esteem. Slowly stir in puberty. Add typical teenage pressures including friends, grades, sports, extracurricular activities and being perpetually on Instant Chat. Add a daily dose of teasing, ridicule and torment by a group of boys and then garnish with what turns out to be a sexually charged and romantic online relationship with a boy from another high school. Add to this a seeming inability for intervention in any way, shape or form. Shake well and then let sit. - Michelle

Death by Computer

Jeffrey's Story – "Sixth out of Seven, Number-One Son, Right-hand Man"

Jeffrey Scott Johnston, 12/21/89 – 6/29/05:

Bully suicide victim Jeffrey Scott Johnston

"A bully doesn't have to be eye to eye to bully someone. Sometimes he or she gets into cyberspace, and then there's no place to hide from their torment."
– Jeffrey's mom, Debbie Johnston



You Are Not Alone

Don't ever think you are alone.

If you know someone who is facing an immediate threat by others, or if you have a bully problem, and you believe it is an emergency, CALL 911. If you are considering hurting yourself and need to talk to someone, please call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), they can help. No one is here to judge you, these are good people that want to help too.