After years of alleged bullying, an Ohio teen killed herself. Is her school district

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  1. HMSHood

    HMSHood Admiral-Class Battlecruiser

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    After years of alleged bullying, an Ohio teen killed herself. Is her school district responsible?
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...d-herself-is-her-school-district-responsible/

    Growing up, Emilie Olsen had an infectious smile, a love for horses and a perfect attendance record. She was a straight-A student and an excellent volleyball player. Emilie “had an extremely sweet spirit about her,” a family friend recalled.

    On Dec. 11, 2014, the 13-year-old shot and killed herself at home.

    It was a tragedy that sent a jolt through Fairfield, Ohio, where Emilie had lived since her parents, Marc and Cindy Olsen, adopted her from China when she was 9 months old. Classmates and neighbors mourned a young life cut short.


    Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil.

    A pattern seen too often in history ranging from Penn State (Jerry Sandusky), BBC (Jimmy Savile), Steubenville, etc. They knew what was going on, but looked the other way.
     
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  3. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    IDK what to think about this. Nothing in the article indicates this girls parents sought any help for her themselves. No where was it mentioned they sought to get her counseling, met with the school dist or considered transfering her into a different school. I also wonder why a parent of a depressed potentially suicidal child would keep a gun in their home which the child had access too.
     
  4. wendybtn

    wendybtn Well-Known Member

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    Schools are a dime a dozen. Moving her to a magnet or charter school might have helped. Some psychiatric therapy, especially when the self-harm started showing might have helped. Keeping her access to social media was a big mistake. Who needs that? It almost reads like the parents expected the school to fix it all. From my own personal experience, the schools do next to nothing. The parents have to be the child's advocate, because no one else will. Including moving to a more compatible school setting.
     

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