Mother of Izzy Dix, 14, who had ambitions to go to Oxford, releases her poem I Give Up to draw attention to problem of bullying
|Scooped by Abby Moran|
A lot of articles, blogs and videos talk about bullying and its effects. However, this article focuses on the harsh and extreme effects of bullying. Izzy, a 14 year old, hung herself in her bedroom due to the insults, name calling, and taunts she received from other students. Because Izzy didn't like to wear short skirts like the other girls and was very academically ambitious, students made fun of her. Because Izzy was continually facing bullying from so many students, she couldn't deal with the pain anymore. This article upset me so much. It's so sad that some people take their lives because of the way others treat them. Izzy was a wonderful individual with so much to look forward to in the future but the ever present bullying in her life affected her emotions so strongly that she couldn't take it anymore. Suicide due to bullying is an extreme and prevalent issue in our society. I think we need to find ways to educate students about bullying and its extreme effects in order to prevent it in the future. No child should ever feel that the easiest thing to do in life is give up. Izzy's mom posted the poem that she found in Izz'ys room. The powerful poem reads, "They tell me to leave and that I am not wanted, Not there, not anywhere." The poem continued: "My eyes drowning in a sea of emotion/Another piece of me chiselled away by their cruel remarks and perceptions … I give up." It was really painful to read this poem. It was also discovered that the teen had attempted to take her life many times before this. I think that as a parent, you need to be aware of what your child is doing and how they are feeling. Even though children may not admit that they are being bullied, their emotions and actions should represent that something is wrong. It should never get to the point of someone wanting to kill himself/herself. Another issue mentioned in the article relates to cyberbullying. With the prevalence of social media in today's society, people are continually bullying and being bullied over the internet. It's an easy way for an individual to make fun of someone without saying something to their face. Cyberbullying is becoming increasingly popular and needs to be taught to students before the problem becomes worse. We need to educate issues such as the situation with Izzy in order for students to realize the true harshness of bullying.