Tougher Anti-Bullying Laws To Save The Lives Of Our Children

1.) Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.

2.) Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.  

3.) A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.

4.) 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above.

5.) According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.

THE ACCEPTING SCHOOLS ACT

Effective September 1, 2012, Ontario became the third province in Canada to implement anti-bullying legislation. The Accepting Schools Act, 2012,was developed in response to the growing concern about bullying behaviours, and several tragic suicides of bullied students. A recent study of the Public Health Agency of Canada1 reveals that nearly 20% of students report being bullied, while 40% of students report being both victims and bullies. The study's authors concluded that young people involved in bullying tend to have elevated levels of emotional and behavioural problems. Ontario's legislation is intended to identify and prevent bullying, and provide resources and support for educators and students as they deal with bullying incidents.

THE PROBLEM

Trends in bullying and harassment prove that bullying's going to get worst. As the case with Shahid Munawar a young man who went through his whole elementary, high school, and even college life hated and bullied to the closest point of death. My daughter, Lexxy, former bully victim and inspiration (see video) was bullied on several different occasions at two different schools not to mention the 136 "reported" bullying incidents in Ontario schools. Unfortunate incidences of bullying occurred after 2012 prove that there are loopholes in Bill 13 - The Accepting Schools Act.

THE CURE

Tougher anti-bullying laws to protect the well being of our children.

THE GOAL

1.) Educational - As per Bill 113, what good are resources and support for students if a bullied individual is ostracized and ashamed to ask for help in the first place? As was the case with Shahid Munawar.

The solution: Schools need to adopt an anti-bullying culture. The implementation of a mandatory weekly course study into the public school system (elementary, middle & high school) that focuses on "anti-social behavior" and teaches anti-bullying ethics alongside good morals and values is very much necessary especially since bullying is a matter of public health and safety. The overall outcome will bring about a much better school that is focused on the safety and well-being of students just as much as the education of students.

2.) Legal - Fact: Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. Fact: A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying. Which begs the question; when a child takes their own life as a result of bullying, who's accountable? Certainly one would agree that someone needs to bear some level of responsibility.

The solution: In the result that a child takes his/her own life and it can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt in a civil court of law that a bully played a contributing factor, the implementation of a suitable penalty as determined under the Ontario civil justice system. Individuals under 18 years of age, the parents will face the penalty while individuals over the age of 17 will be held accountable for their own actions in a civil court of law.

I NEED YOUR SUPPORT

Please support this petition and please share the link with your friends and family. Let's work together to protect the lives of our children and put an end to bullying one signature at a time, and lead by example. Thank you in advance for your support.

FINAL NOTES

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www.cobraman.org (Main Page)

http://www.cobraman.org/teen-suicide (Teens who have been bullied to death)

I'm done. Please remember to sign the petition :)

Update #31 years ago
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, to everyone for signing my anti-bullying petition. Please share the below link with friends and family. The information provided will be stored in our database and handed over to the authorities as supporting evidence in severe cases of bodily harm or cases of BULLYCIDE. Bullies victims are not alone. TELL BULLY VICTIMS TO EXPOSE THIER BULLY HERE: http://www.cobraman.org/helpbully
Update #22 years ago
ANOTHER SUICIDE DEATH BY BULLYING!!! UPDATE!

Daniel's bully urged him to kill himself. That's exactly what Daniel did. Read the story here: http://fox6now.com/2015/05/28/teen-kills-himself-after-being-bullied-heartbroken-mother-pleads-dont-let-anyone-be-treated-like-my-son/

MORE PETITION SIGNERS NEEDED!!! THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO SIGNED

Update #12 years ago
Hello guys. Here's the latest bullying related death that I found.
13-year-old Jazmine Kellie Harris, an eighth grader, took her life after ongoing bullying. Read the story here:

http://www.timesfreepress.com/news/local/story/2015/may/18/bullying-blamed-second-student-suicide-polk-countys-copper-basin-high-school/304948/

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