I’m interested in hearing more about your take on the show.
Amy E. Ellis, Ph.D.
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I WAS SICK ONE DAY AND I BINGE WATCHED IT ALL DAY LONG. I WAS HOOKED VERY QUICKLY. I FELT IT WAS SO WELL DONE. IA AM SICK THAT OTHERS THINK THIS GLORIFIES THE ACT OF KILLING THEMSELVES. MY KIDS ARE GROWN NOW. BUT I WOULD LIKE TO SAY THAT I THINK WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT THIS AND I FEEL THAT THE SERIES GAVE US THE PERFECT OPENING TO TALK TO OUR CHILDREN ABOUT JUST HOW EASY IT IS TO SLIP INTO SUCH DEPRESSION THAT YOUR ONLY WAY OUT IS TO KILL THEMSELVES. I NEVER EVEN HEARD OF ANY YOUNG PERSON KILLING THEMSELVES. NOW I BELIEVE IT IS AN EPIDEMIC! MY FORTY NINE YEAR OLD SON WAS MURDERED THREE YRS AGO. NO ONE WAS EVER HELD ACCOUNTABLE. I JOINED A GROUP OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE LOST THEIR CHILDREN NO MATTER THE AGE OR REASON THAT THAT CHILD DIED. I CAN TELL YOU FOR FACT THAT SUICIDE IS REAL AND SO VERY SAD BECAUSE MOST PARENTS HAD NO IDEA THAT THIS WAS EVEN ON THAT CHILDS MIND. THIS IS NOT A SAFE PLACE FOR KIDS TODAY. MOST KIDS NEVER TELL THEIR PARENTS THAT THEY ARE BEING BULLIED. THEY ARE ASHAMED, THEY FEEL THAT THE PARENT WILL DO ONE OF TWO THINGS. EITHER THEY WILL DISMISS IT OR THEY FEAR THAT THE PARENT WILL GO TO THE SCHOOL AND TELL AND THAT ALWAYS MAKES IT WORSE FOR THAT CHILD. I KNOW THIS NOT BECAUSE ANYONE TOLD ME BUT BECAUSE IT ALMOST HAPPENED IN MY OWN FAMILY. IT IS A COMPLEX PROBLEM. BUT JUST FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE I BELIEVE THAT SCHOOLS NEED TO HAVE ZERO TOLERANCE FOR BULLYING. AND THAT MEANS FOR TEACHERS WHO BULLY OR ALLOW IT! THE ONLY THAT CAN HAPPEN IS IF THEY PUT IT INTO LAW THAT KIDS WHO BULLY WILL BE EXPELLED. AND TEACHERS WHO BULLY, IGNORE, OR WHO BULLY THEMSELVES WILL LOSE THEIR JOBS AND LOSE THEIR RIGHT TO TEACH! I KNOW THIS IS LONG AND RAMBLING BUT I FEEL SO VERY STRONGLY ABOUT ALL OF THE BEAUTIFUL CHILDREN WHO FEEL THAT THERE IS NO OTHER WAY OUT. AND IF THE ONLY WAY OUT IS TO PULL YOUR CHILD OUT OF SCHOOL WELL THEN DO IT. TRUST ME. IN SOME CASES IT HAS SAVED A LIFE. AGAIN I HOPE THAT THE SERIES IS JUST THE BEGINNING OF OPENING THIS HUGE CAN OF WORMS SO THAT WE CAN FIGURE OUT A WAY FOR OUR CHILDREN TO FEEL SAFE ENOUGH TO TALK TO US IN A WAY THAT WE WILL LISTEN AND TRY TO HELP THEM WITHOUT THROWING THEM BACK TO FACE WHATEVER IT IS THAT SUICIDE IS THE ANSWER. WE AS PARENTS NEED TO BE ABLE TO FEEL THAT WHEN WE SEND OUR KIDS OFF TO SCHOOL THAT THEY ARE IN A SAFE ZONE. JUST ONE MOTHERS OPINION……… KATHY TAFT

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