I was watching the NBC LA (Los Angeles) news and the news reporters had said a high school student by the name of Kennedy LeRoy, took his life due to a bullying male classmate. I was shocked. He was bullied because he was different—he had Asperger’s. On top of that LeRoy was battling depression. In the past, he did report the bully to a school administrator, who then made the bully sign a “no contact contract”. Unfortunately, the bully still bullied him in secret. It was after that, LeRoy took his own life. Before his passing, LeRoy–whose goal was to help others–wrote this on a note:
“Maybe my death will make people realize that words can hurt as much as, if not more than, physical blows.”
And maybe it can.
I was so sadden by his passing. He was only 16 years old and looked like he had a lot to offer to the world. But honestly, I think the “no contact contract” was a slap on the wrist for the bully. I think LeRoy’s school administrators could have kept an eye on the bully, suspended him or something else other than a “no contact contract”. I think schools should hold an assembly once a year teaching students about the effects on bullying and what to do if they see it happening. Or maybe issuing a “zero tolerance” punishment on bullies. Or maybe teachers could learn how to recognize the signs of a bullied student. I don’t know, just something that can make school communities take a more proactive approach to bullying. A piece of paper can never replace human intervention. We should all take a stand to bulling in order to prevent such tragedies. Anyways, I feel sorry for his family. May his soul rest in peace. If you’d like to read more, click on the link below: