By Jueseppi B.
Middle School Suicide Of 8th Grade Student Reported At Davidson Middle School In Southgate, Michigan
Published on Mar 21, 2013
An eighth-grade student brought a gun to school on Thursday and committed suicide, according to officials.
Fire department officials told reporters that the student died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, reportedly in a bathroom, at the Southgate school early Thursday morning.
Davidson Middle School officials put the school on lockdown and contacted parents around 9:15 a.m. to pick up their children, saying at first that the school had a “police situation.” WXYZ officials said that some children looked “visibly upset” when exiting the school.
According to WDIV, Southgate Schools Superintendent William Grusecki said the boy did leave a note.
Michigan Department of Education Jan Ellis, said Thursday that it is rare for a suicide to occur inside a public school and added she wasn’t sure one had ever occurred before Thursday, according to the Detroit News
In Detroit, a seven-year-old boy died as a result of an alleged suicide last May.
Credit- HUFFPOST Detroit
From The Raw Story:
By David Ferguson
Thursday, March 2
Classmate of student who committed suicide at Davidson Middle School in Southgate Michigan.
An eighth grader at Davidson Middle School in Southgate Michigan is dead after shooting himself in one of the school’s boys bathrooms. According to Detroit’s Fox 2 News, the teen was found and rushed to Oakwood Southshore Medical Center where he died of his injuries.
Shortly after 9:00 a.m., school officials placed the school building on lockdown and sent a message to parents asking them to come get their children because of a “medical emergency.”
Fox 2′s Maurielle Lue reported that the boy shot himself in the head with a .40-caliber handgun. A student (pictured above) who knew the boy said his classmates were shocked and saddened by the news.
“It’s really sad because a lot of kids knew him and we never thought that he would do something like that,” he said as news helicopter rotors roared overhead. “We all believe that he was bullied.”
The boy told Lue that he and his classmates have taken school courses on bullying and were making an effort to stop bulling by their peers.
“I guess it wasn’t enough for some people,” he said.
A study published in October 2012 in the Archives of Pediatric Medicine reported that bullied children and teens are 2.4 times more likely to commit suicide or entertain suicidal thoughts than other kids. The study called on educators and health providers to perform “victimization assessments among all youth who are believed to be at risk for suicidal ideation.”
The likelihood that children or teens will have suicidal thoughts increases significantly if the child has been sexually assaulted or subjected to other forms of mistreatment by peers, parents or caregivers.
“Findings also showed substantial effects of poly-victimization (exposure to 7 or more individual types of victimization in the past year), with poly-victims almost 6 times more likely to report suicidal ideation,” wrote the study’s authors, a team from the University of New Hampshire led by sociologist Dr. Heather Turner.
Classes at Davidson Middle School were canceled for the remainder of Thursday. Currently, it’s unknown whether classes will resume on Friday.
Thank you The Raw Story.
Anti-Bullying Film – Paper Rose – by Olivia Mazzucato
Published on Dec 2, 2012
Anti-Bullying Film (please like and/or comment below!)
A student learns to stand up to bullying with the help of some new friends.
13-year-old filmmaker, Olivia Mazzucato, presents a story of friendship and hope, encouraging teens to stand together in the face of bullying.
Synopsis: When Danielle transfers to a new school in California, she is welcomed by Emily, the student council president. But Danielle soon realizes that Emily and her “popular” friends are not as accepting as they first seemed. Luckily, Danielle is befriended by Penny, a peculiar student that urges Danielle to be open to the kindness of others at the school, whoever they may be. Danielle follows Penny’s advice and discovers that it’s not the first time Emily’s bullying has caused trouble at the school. But now, united behind Danielle, the students are able to confront Emily to make sure that the past does not repeat itself.
Bullying in school is a growing problem, but it’s not always as obvious as being shoved into a locker, or being beat up. Bullying can be subtle—words that pick someone apart and make them feel alone and different. And when someone is bullied in this way, they might not get the help they need, because no one sees the bruises. But words can hurt too, and if no one takes a stand, that hurt can have deadly consequences.
This film was made by eighth-grader, Olivia Mazzucato, and was screened during an anti-bullying assembly for the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at her middle school. The school then hosted a public premiere for the film.http://youtu.be/Zyvz9hOBeRw
For some behind the scenes footage and a scene excerpt watch: http://youtu.be/eYr-bclzcYU
DVD’s available for school anti-bullying assemblies – (visit official webpage at:http://www.paperrose.mazzucato.org)
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