KY - REAGAN CARTER - Bullied Girl Commits OD Suicide 12/2014

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  1. bflocket

    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    I saw this (very sad) story on our "local" news this morning.
    I've never really looked through it much, but I knew WS had a forum related to bullying and thought I should say something about this girl here.

    Her mother is around my age (a year/grade older than me). I personally couldn't imagine what it would be like to have a kid to raise. And I definitely couldn't imagine losing one, especially of their own volition.

    Bardstown girl who committed suicide leaves uplifting message from the grave
    FOX-41
    Louisville, KY
    3/14/2016
    *I can only imagine what they said to/about her. That's sick.

    If you try to look for anything about her online, use quotes around her name. Otherwise you just come up with things about the 1980 elections.
     
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    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    Bardstown mother blames bullying for daughter's suicide
    WLKY-32
    Louisville, KY
    1/1/2015
     
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    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    Obituary: Harley Reagan Carter, 12, Bardstown
    Nelson County Gazette
    Bardstown, KY
    12/26/2014
     
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    Elainera Well-Known Member

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    Thank you bflocket for starting this thread. Reagan seems to have been a person I would have liked to be friends with.

    RIP dear Reagan. The world will miss you.
     
  6. bflocket

    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    I remember seeing the obit I posted and heard (mainly via word-of-mouth with no real details) that she'd killed herself.

    When I was growing up in the area, we didn't really have the internet (1997 HS-grad). My dad used it since he's a professor at a decent college. But it was nothing compared to what the internet of today (or even a decade ago) resembles.

    All we (high school students) heard of it back then was when we were discussing "new technology" in school. And we knew that the new technology likely wouldn't make it to BFE, KY for quite a spell.
    I didn't really mess with it until the early-2000's when I discovered eBay. But once I discovered it, it became like a drug that had the addictive-potential of heroin and cocaine combined and quantified.

    So I'm trying to imagine what life would be like if we had Facebook, MySpace, eBay, Amazon or up-to-the-minute news available on a computer in my own home.
    Good Lord, how different things would have been!.. (for better or for worse)

    When I finally "caught on" to it, it was almost always adults (or college students at the youngest) that were really using it. So it's kind of hard for me to imagine a girl her age being online. I've seen some of my friends' kids knowing how to get online and do all kinds of stuff at Kindergarten-ish age and it just blows my [expletive] mind.

    I wish I knew how we could protect kids from online bullies/predators when the kid "gets" the net more than their parents do?
    Ideally, I'd love to have the internet available to all without censorship or restrictions of ANY kind (no matter how raunchy or sick that would amount to.)
    But I'm unsure of how much of an online presence "little kids" should be allowed to have...
     
  7. Cubby

    Cubby fly the W!

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    This is so sad. I have a teenager who has been on the receiving end of some of these messages and I have forwarded them to the bullies parents. Dealing with private school parents, we were fortunate the parents cared enough to do something about it.

    I also talked with my child about why bullies do this stuff. We had the 'hurt people hurt people' discussion several times and I explained how the bully really doesn't like themself so they lash out at others.

    Helping a child to build self worth is a more important part of parenting than one realizes. Counseling is also important, especially for parents who may need some help with dealing with a childs esteem problems.

    I wish these kids realized how suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem and they should always talk to a trusted adult if they feel like hurting themself.
     
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    bflocket Well-Known Member

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    They are having a blood drive for "Reagan's Voice Foundation" in Bardstown in early April. Apparently, one of the things Reagan had wanted to do once she got big enough was to donate blood. So her mom is having a blood drive in her honor. That's so sad.

    It's in my (physical) local paper that I have in front of me and I'm too tired from typing all afternoon to type it out for you, so I took a pic with my camera and if it is legible, I will add it in a bit.

    It will be Saturday 4/2 from 10am-2pm at the Getz Whiskey Museum near at 114 North Fifth St in Bardstown (KY 40004). That's b/w St Joe's Cathedral and Bardstown HS.
     

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