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#1 Old 08-25-2003, 12:10 PM
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On another thread a few weeks ago there was a comment made about bully's being a good thing because they tend to toughen up and make their victims stronger. I read this story today and, even though I didn't know 11 year old Thomas, I feel like we've truly lost someone that could have done great things in his adult years. Such a sad shame that it turned out this way........



Such a promising young man. Years of bullying. Good Bye Thomas.



Thomas had lately developed a passionate interest in politics, after accompanying his uncle Stuart to a Merseyside Stop the War Coalition meeting last autumn. He travelled to London to join the national demonstrations, heckled Jack Straw in Southport, picketed Geoff Hoon in Connahs Quay and even received a standing ovation for a speech that he made at a rally in Liverpool's St George's Hall.



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#2 Old 08-25-2003, 03:35 PM
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Thomas sounded like a great kid.



I think it's terrible that people will show so much hate toward those that are different that themselves that the victims even THINK about ending their lives. I've been the kid who was always picked on before, and it isn't fun at all. People don't know how horrible it is not to have a single friend in the world. Nobody deserves to be bullied.
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How horrible. It's amazing how awful people (especially children) can treat eat other.
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Truly sad indeed .



To phrase this in another way: this is the kind of story that makes me want to play Brahms' Deutsches Requiem real loud, because I can (sadly) relate to it.
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Bullying exacts a horrible toll, at any age, but for the young it can make life completely intolerable. Thank you, MsRuthieB, for bringing Thomas to our attention.
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That article made me cry. It makes me wonder what has happened to the bullies, that they could enjoy driving another person to such an act.
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Very sad story. It's hard to read the sister calling him annoying, as if she's not even sad over losing him. It's weird, sometimes I think it's better in Europe or Canada. That the children aren't as cruel to each other. Like it's just a macho American thing. But, unfortunately teasing seems to be pretty universal. I just don't understand why parents & teachers don't take it seriously enough. The bullies are always such con artists, half the time it's the victim who gets punished for seeking help.



For some reason this story made me think about the movie "About A Boy". The kid is teased by other students for similar reasons. The screwed up thing is (in my opinion) the movie basically blames the kids differences on the fact he has a single vegetarian mother. It really made me angry. It ends with the mother offering to take him to McDonalds, you know.. the first step to being "normal". As if strange kids don't develop from traditional upbringings. Yeah, right. People suck (most of em, anyway).
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Very sad story. It's hard to read the sister calling him annoying, as if she's not even sad over losing him. It's weird, sometimes I think it's better in Europe or Canada. That the children aren't as cruel to each other. Like it's just a macho American thing.



FYI...This didn't happen in America. It happened in England (around Liverpool). What's that about the children not being as cruel? I don't buy it. Children can be very cruel no matter what part of the world they live in. Hatred, bigotry, violence, and the tendency to bully are all learned traits...typically from the family unit and peers.
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FYI...This didn't happen in America. It happened in England (around Liverpool). What's that about the children not being as cruel? I don't buy it. Children can be very cruel no matter what part of the world they live in. Hatred, bigotry, violence, and the tendency to bully are all learned traits...typically from the family unit and peers.



You misunderstood my post. I knew that the story was in Europe. That is what I was saying, that sometimes it feels like it's the worst in America, but then you hear stories like the one you posted and are reminded that it's a worldwide problem. Hence the "About A Boy" reference too!
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You misunderstood my post. I knew that the story was in Europe. That is what I was saying, that sometimes it feels like it's the worst in America, but then you hear stories like the one you posted and are reminded that it's a worldwide problem. Hence the "About A Boy" reference too!



I haven't seen the movie, but the book was quite good, and I was also reminded of it by this article. I'm sure a lot of the important points had to be left out of the film.
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