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The Suicide Story

Published May 5, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Let me make this perfectly clear, I DID NOT WRITE THIS. It was written by a young girl named Brianna. I just came across it, while looking for something completely unrelated.
It is so good! I have a few followers that will be interested in this, and please, feel free to reblog, let’s get this story out!
I’m unfamiliar with the site it is posted on, http://www.quotev.com, but, if you click on Brianna’ s name above, it will take you to her profile page there. She has numerous stories. I’m going to try to contact her, to see if she’d like to post anything else here.

The simplified synopsis from the prologue of THE SUICIDE STORY is this…

Eleven letters, ten teens, nine reasons why. The stories will intertwine, and the truth shall be unveiled. But the price is a heavy one. In order for these stories to be told, the girl who knew them took her life. She sent out ten letters to her nine reasons, and one to the person who gave her hope. Each of the ten letters is the same. Each of the ten who receive her letters will learn the ugly truth behind her death. And the recipient of the eleventh letter, the letter explaining how to follow the other letters, will learn what can come from the death of a girl who did not seem like she could change the world.

I love this image. The scalpel as a pen speaks so loudly.

I love this image. The scalpel as a pen speaks so loudly.


To read THE SUICIDE STORY in full, just click on the title anywhere in this post, or click on the picture below.
How many stories have been told in blood?

How many stories have been told in blood?

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Students struggle to understand school suicide

Published March 22, 2013 by Shadow Girl

Yet another child has succumbed to the overwhelming weight of the burdens no thirteen year old should even be aware of. My heart is breaking. No, I did not know him personally, but I have friends who did. Friends with kids of their own who knew & loved the deceased, and are trying to deal with the WHY. And, this happened in my own backyard.

Students struggle to understand school suicide

via Students struggle to understand school suicide.

I’ve been an advocate of suicide since I was thirteen myself. Having lost my mother at the same age as the victim. I’ve lost friends of all ages. I’ve almost lost myself. But – that’s not why I’m writing this. It’s about the children. Kids who should be playing sports, experiencing their first love, looking forward to Spring Break… childhood things. Kids who are being bullied, tortured and teased, beaten up and beaten down. What can we do? What can I do? Not too long ago, I watched a youtube video that a young girl made – a cry for help. She couldn’t even wait for the help to come. I’ve shed so many tears, for children I’ll never know. For lives that will never be lived. Hearts that will never be broken by a teen crush – because they’ve been broken by bullies. What can we do?

What can we do? Were you ever bullied when you were a kid? I was. Tell someone? Not me. If I would have told someone – things would have gotten worse! Not only a freak, but a tattle-tale, too! Worse bullying would have followed. But – things were different then. A bully was a bully. These days, with social media, bullying has become an art form. Gone are the days of people talking shit behind your back. Now, it’s happening in real time – live & in color. “She can’t even kill herself right! What a loser!” Holy Fuck – 342 people ‘liked’ that post! See where I’m going? I don’t have any answers. But, this is my Blog – and, tonight… I just need to vent.

I’ve found some statistics. “Twelve Facts About Bullying”. They are…
1. Over 3.2 million students are victims of bullying each year.
2. 1 in 4 teachers see nothing wrong with bullying and will only intervene 4 percent of the time.
3. Approximately 160,000 teens skip school every day because of bullying.
4. 1 in 7 students in grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying.
5. 56 percent of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school.
6. Over two-thirds of students believe that schools respond poorly to bullying, with a high percentage of students believing that adult help is infrequent and ineffective.
7. 71 percent of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school.
8. 90 percent of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying.
9. 1 out 10 students drop out of school because of repeated bullying.
10. Harassment and bullying have been linked to 75 percent of school-shooting incidents.
11. Physical bullying increases in elementary school, peaks in middle school and declines in high school. Verbal abuse, on the other hand, remains constant.
12. A 2009 survey found that 9 out of 10 LGBT youth reported being verbally harassed at school in the past year because of their sexual orientation.

Like I said, I don’t know the answers. But, maybe I’ve raised some awareness.
I’m going to go call my son. Just to tell him I love him.

Help Stop Bullying

Published March 16, 2013 by Shadow Girl

This was a Facebook post I saw on my friend ‘Cherie’s’ timeline a little bit ago, and I want to share the message. The number of suicides caused by bullying is heart-breaking. To name just one person, to put a face to this epidemic, please remember Tempest Smith.

A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it. That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home. Pass it on or better yet, if you’re a parent or a teacher, do it with your child/children.

THE SORROW KING by Anderson Prunty

Published February 27, 2013 by Shadow Girl

THE SORROW KING

Anderson Prunty

“There is but one truely serious psychological problem – and that is suicide.”
~ Albert Camus
cover
The life of a small town…
The death of a small town…
Gethsemane was a small rural town. As small rural towns went it was a sleepy little burg. It woke up with the sun. It went to bed with the moon. The fields had been planted, and now the farmers watched them grow.
And the teenagers who normally ran rampant about the town – fucking, drinking, and vandalizing away the days – were afraid to leave their houses.
The teenagers in Gethsemane are dying.
When the news and papers finally pick up the story, they call it ‘The Suicide Virus’, but two residents of this town, Stephen & Elise, know differently. This is no virus.
But, let us not get ahead of ourselves here. THE SORROW KING is not the first thing I’ve read by Anderson Prunty, although it is the best so far. When I picked up the others, it was before I knew what Bizarro Fiction was, before I knew Prunty’s name. Knowing this now, I fully intend to go back and re-read my copy of Jack and Mr. Grin, and dive into the (at least) five other titles I already own.
Prunty does an excellent job with characterization. I got to know the main players well, Steven & Elise, Steven’s dad – Conner, Drifter Ken…(I would like more on this character – a SS maybe? There’s another story in Ken Blanchard.) You can get a feel of each character, without ever getting the feeling of TMI.
Alright. That’s way more than I’ve ever said on that. The story just grabs you in the first chapter, and never let up. I never had a moment of wanting to stop reading, and when I had to… I’d start again asap. This wasn’t one that just sat there like – ‘meh. whenever.’ It’s dark. Surreal.
It’s uncomfortable in spots. Capturing the teenaged mind all too vividly, it drags you through those disheartening emotions. Those days when every trouble is multiplied x100. There are some graphic sexual pieces. But, your not a prude. Not if your reading my reviews. They may be cringe worthy if you remember their ages, I do know a lot Steven’s sexual fantasies now. Hmm.
Back to the story.
The teenagers in Gethsemane (Ohio) are dropping like flies. Dying in apparent suicides. Steve knows better, he feels it, he’s writing about it in his sleep, but how can he stop it? Elise knows better, too. But, she believes she might be part of the problem.
Conner, desperately trying to make certain his son doesn’t become a statistic, starts looking for answers, too. The story he hears from the town’s Drifter is one of ghosts and poisoned towns.
Behind it all, is the Sorrow King. The Jackthief. And he’s growing stronger each day.
Did that grab ya? How ’bout this… “There are no happy endings in Hell”.

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Jim & Judy

Published February 19, 2013 by Shadow Girl

The loss of my father has had me on an emotional roller coaster, and my brain has been throwing up long repressed emotions of my mothers suicide when I was just 13. It’s been a nightmare I cannot awake from.

Very old photo of them together & happy.
Very old photo of them together & happy.

The 8th By Matt Shaw

Published February 10, 2013 by Shadow Girl

The 8th
Matt Shaw

I am overcome with such emotion right now.

I did not expect this story.

I was expecting a “RAGE” ¹ type of short story. Stephen King pulled every copy of RAGE off the shelves after the massacre at Columbine, and after the recent events at Sandy Hook Elementary, Matt was pondering the same.

Pulling this story would be a tragedy. (At the time of this writing, news is starting to surface of yet another school shooting. This time in California. No concrete information at the moment.)

Every word, from the dedication to the end, holds such raw emotion. I agree with Matt (in the author’s note) when he says that violence is not the answer, but who hasn’t been driven to their absolute limit before? You want so badly for the pain to stop.

THE 8TH is written in a first person narration, like most of the stories I’ve read by M.S. so far. The way he writes really pulls me into the story. That’s one of the reasons that I try to write my reviews right when I finish reading. I’ve been getting so emotional with the last few stories, and I hope I am able to express it in a way you’ll understand me.

It’s about a boy, starting off in a yet another new school, after just moving again due to the fathers job. Another new school – the same old problems. He meets and quickly makes friends with David, another boy whose life is being made a living hell by the schools group of D bags. Meeting David awakens something in him. He can no longer just sit back and be bullied, and he can’t watch it happen to his friend either. The school won’t stop things, parents never realize how bad things are.

It’s a story of sadness, of hurt, and of revenge. But, in keeping with Matt’s style – don’t fool yourself into thinking you know where this story is going. Right when you think you know where you are, he shoves the blindfold over your eyes, spins you around a couple times, and shoves you in the opposite direction.

¹Stephen King – Rage

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Signs that may indicate your child is a bullying victim:

•Comes home with unexplainable injuries

•Comes home with damaged clothing or other belongings •Frequently “loses” items like books, electronics, clothes or other valuable items

•Tries to find excuses to avoid going to school, is often sick or has other excuses

•Hurts themselves like with cutting, burning or eating restrictions

•Loses interest in friends or participating in extra curricular activities

•Acts afraid of going to school or school activities

•Appears moody, anxious, depressed or withdrawn

•Feels helpless Exhibits low self-esteem

NOVA : NETWORK OF VICTIM ASSISTANCE
http://www.novabucks.org/bullying.html

In Crisis? Get Help 24 Hours A Day – 800-675-6900

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – 800-723-TALK

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