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    Unhappy PA Bullied 14yo Commits Suicide by Tractor Trailer

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    Students at Midd-West High School cried out against bullying Friday as they mourned the loss of a classmate who in the early morning hours walked about 13 miles from his home to Routes 11-15, where he ran in front of a southbound tractor-trailer after leaving a suicide note at his home.
    Will it ever end? My heart is absolutely broken over this. I did not know him personally, but by all reports he was a gentle, kind, talented young man. Gone far too soon and such a tragedy.

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    Why, just why? When she was 13, my daughter had a friend kill myself. The hurt still lingers, not just with her, but with ME!!! This young man was gorgeous, regardless of sexual preference or who did or didn't know about it!

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    http://www.brandonbitner.com/

    You can help tell Brandon's story! If it would save ONE life, it would be worth it.

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    oh for goodness sake. Has the world just plain gone mad? How can we have such a world full of bullies and it be happenstance, an accident? What is happening with our children? Do we even know? How can that many bullies be out there bullying? How can that many parents be clueless to their own children's behavior? Or are they bullies as well? Are we seeing the second or third generation of bullies raising bullies?

    I do not pretend to know the answer to any of theese questions but they are things I ask when I see stories such as this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tlcox View Post
    oh for goodness sake. Has the world just plain gone mad? How can we have such a world full of bullies and it be happenstance, an accident? What is happening with our children? Do we even know? How can that many bullies be out there bullying? How can that many parents be clueless to their own children's behavior? Or are they bullies as well? Are we seeing the second or third generation of bullies raising bullies?

    I do not pretend to know the answer to any of theese questions but they are things I ask when I see stories such as this.
    ITA! I have made it a point to teach my son from a very young age that he should NEVER pick on or make fun of someone else. It breaks my heart that this is such an epidemic...kids who feel they have no other option. Absolutely senseless tragedies. I have contacted several media outlets to get Brandon's story out there. Hopefully it will be picked up nationally!

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    Kids can be cruel.
    In my day they teased about the color of your hair, your name,looks but 14 and bullied about sexual perference..........come on, people wake up!
    This is way out of hand.
    14 yr. olds should be having a great time, not worried about sex !
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    Quote Originally Posted by passionflower View Post
    Kids can be cruel.
    In my day they teased about the color of your hair, your name,looks but 14 and bullied about sexual perference..........come on, people wake up!
    This is way out of hand.
    14 yr. olds should be having a great time, not worried about sex !
    It probably didn't have anything to do with actual "sex." Looks like he might have been bullied because he looked different-on some of the photos he appears to be wearing eye make up and there are some photos he is wearing facial piercings. He also looks very sad to me on some of the photos.

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    He was emo...my granddaughter does the emo thing...dark heavy eyeliner, hair down over one side of her face, tight skinny jeans, boots and usually a headband or skull cap. It's her style, one that many teens today identify with. She's the sweetest young lady, full of compassion, very active in our church and a just a wonderful young lady.

    I'm sure Brandon was a really cool kid, the loss of his life and his contribution to this world is just tragic. My prayer for his family and I hope the kids who gave Brandon a hard time have many sleepless nights knowing they caused his death.

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    Quote Originally Posted by momtective View Post
    He was emo...my granddaughter does the emo thing...dark heavy eyeliner, hair down over one side of her face, tight skinny jeans, boots and usually a headband or skull cap. It's her style, one that many teens today identify with. She's the sweetest young lady, full of compassion, very active in our church and a just a wonderful young lady.

    I'm sure Brandon was a really cool kid, the loss of his life and his contribution to this world is just tragic. My prayer for his family and I hope the kids who gave Brandon a hard time have many sleepless nights knowing they caused his death.
    Probably not that many, I've never seen any teenagers looking like that in person.


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    Quote Originally Posted by jjenny View Post
    Probably not that many, I've never seen any teenagers looking like that in person.
    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&r...w=1280&bih=587

    http://myemohairstyles.com/what-is-emo-style

    Although some associate "emo" with self mutilation, that just isn't so in all cases. Mostly it's just a style of self expression. I live in a small rural area and there are several kids here who sport the "emo" look.

    How sad that people can't just accept others for what's in their heart and not judge them for what they wear...just sad!

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    Quote Originally Posted by momtective View Post
    http://www.google.com/images?hl=en&r...w=1280&bih=587

    http://myemohairstyles.com/what-is-emo-style

    Although some associate "emo" with self mutilation, that just isn't so in all cases. Mostly it's just a style of self expression. I live in a small rural area and there are several kids here who sport the "emo" look.

    How sad that people can't just accept others for what's in their heart and not judge them for what they wear...just sad!
    BBM... very well said. Brandon was emo and picked on for looking "different," but he was also harrassed with homophobic slurs. I wish we (adults in society) could all teach our children to value others for their differences! I can't believe we're still not past this.

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    in the paper today

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    I copied and pasted this here. Not sure if Im allowed to do that. I had started a new thread but really wanted to just add it to here. Is there a way to get rid of the new thread and just leave this here?Sorry in advance-Im still kind of new to this.



    http://dailyitem.com/0100_news/x6991...mmed-into-wall


    Not sure if I posted the link correctly-Ive never done it before.


    This is very local to me. We moved to the area a few years ago.My kids go to a neighboring district. Its
    a great area but I was steered away from Midd-West schools. This region is very heavily into their high school sports and the players are like super stars(on the news,in the papers etc). I was told 3 years ago that particular district has a lot of fighting and the kids can be "rough".Not my words-just opinion from the realtor and a friend. 2 local schools (that were heavy sports rivals) combined and made Midd-West one school.Since then supposedly there have been issues.

    Bullying is a problem with the kids around here.Sports is super competitive and the parents definately push.The kids go to assemblies and have discussions with guidance but the parents have a "kids will be kids" attitude.

    I can see how this poor boy was probably bullied constantly. I love living here-it's rural and "away from it all"- but being different is not easy around here.I believe he was considered "emo".There are some emo kids here but not a lot and Im not sure about Midd-West.

    Anyway just thought I would give a local perspective. I dont post much but this hit close to home.

    RIP Brandon-Im sorry you felt there was no other way to cope with these bullies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dolphingirl View Post
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    I copied and pasted this here. Not sure if Im allowed to do that. I had started a new thread but really wanted to just add it to here. Is there a way to get rid of the new thread and just leave this here?Sorry in advance-Im still kind of new to this.



    http://dailyitem.com/0100_news/x6991...mmed-into-wall


    Not sure if I posted the link correctly-Ive never done it before.


    This is very local to me. We moved to the area a few years ago.My kids go to a neighboring district. Its
    a great area but I was steered away from Midd-West schools. This region is very heavily into their high school sports and the players are like super stars(on the news,in the papers etc). I was told 3 years ago that particular district has a lot of fighting and the kids can be "rough".Not my words-just opinion from the realtor and a friend. 2 local schools (that were heavy sports rivals) combined and made Midd-West one school.Since then supposedly there have been issues.

    Bullying is a problem with the kids around here.Sports is super competitive and the parents definately push.The kids go to assemblies and have discussions with guidance but the parents have a "kids will be kids" attitude.

    I can see how this poor boy was probably bullied constantly. I love living here-it's rural and "away from it all"- but being different is not easy around here.I believe he was considered "emo".There are some emo kids here but not a lot and Im not sure about Midd-West.

    Anyway just thought I would give a local perspective. I dont post much but this hit close to home.

    RIP Brandon-Im sorry you felt there was no other way to cope with these bullies.

    I believe a mod will have to merge the threads.

    I'm also local (about 16 miles from Mt Pleasant Mills) and have heard similar stories regarding the bullying at Midd-West. I have no way of knowing firsthand if the stories are true, but it's it's a shame that the admins at the school, teachers/staff, etc, are "unaware" that this is an issue. IMHO, this happens everywhere. No use trying to put your head in the sand and wait until a tragedy like this brings attention to it. Again...MOO

    Brandon is being laid to rest today. I pray he is now at peace and that his story makes a difference. My heart goes out to his family, friends, and to the truck driver who was unfortunately thrust into this sad situation as well.

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    Some move out of district, others mull cyberschooling.

    http://dailyitem.com/0100_news/x6991...cyberschooling

    In the days since Brandon took his life Nov. 5, students and staff have tried to cope with the issues at Midd-West. There have been online tributes, remembrances, meetings, even a protest outside the school on Thursday.

    Also there have been stories -- numerous stories told via e-mail and telephone to The Daily Item from parents who said their children have been bullied in the Midd-West school system. And despite reporting that bullying -- something Brandon did not do -- they said nothing was done to stop it.
    "It would start on the bus," she said. "He was physically and mentally bullied from the time he got on the bus to the time he got home."

    T said she and her husband went back to the school several times when her son was in seventh grade, and again nothing happened.

    "I looked at (the school official) and said I need to know that something will be done, and you will take some type of responsibility for this for me to feel safe with my son coming here," T said.

    The administrator "flat out refused," she said.

    All the responsibility for the situation was pushed back on her son, "and it was so humiliating, it took him everything to tell his parents, let alone his teachers," she said.
    I have no words.

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