Stomp Out Bullying
Brenda Neuts, the mother of Myles and Dane wanted to treat her boys to lunch at McDonald’s on her day off from work. Instead, she decided to make her way home from the supermarket to pack away her perishable goods. Upon arriving home, she started to unpack her groceries when the telephone rang. It would be a call that would change her life, their lives, forever. It was a school teacher calling without a sense of urgency in her voice. She wanted Brenda or her husband, Mike Neuts, to make their way to the school; one of their boys was choking. Brenda thought of Myles having a cold.
Brenda decided to call Mike who was already in the vicinity. Filled with tears, Mike immediately abandoned his job and rushed over. As he pulled up to the school, Mike spotted the awaiting ambulance and quickly jumped in, not knowing the severity. Finally arrived at the hospital, Mike saw the ambulance doors opened. He was shocked to see his older son, Myles, receiving CPR. He knew immediately his son was dead and would need a miracle.
Earlier that week, Myles won a ten dollar bet for a colouring contest. He was a ten-year-old who was bullied for the very first time and lost his life to this despicable game called bullying. Myles was found hanging from a coat hook in the boys’ washroom. It appeared that his two shirts and the necklace he was wearing quickly choked him to death. Two boys around Myles’ age completed a mission they carefully plotted. They wanted that ten dollars or they were going to make him forget, according to Mike.
Myles’ father described his son as fun loving and smart. He was full of love and wanted the world to be a peaceful place for all. Instead, his precious life was tragically taken away from him against his will without a chance to bid farewell to his beloved family.
- Bullies want you to feel powerless and worthless. They prey on the shy, sensitive, and those with low esteem.
- Encourage open communication and always look for signs that may be visible in sudden decline in grades, reluctance to go to school or even mysterious injuries such as bruises or a change in behaviour.
- The three major ways of bullying is verbally, physically and cyber bullying.
- Bullies have a way to manipulate others and are very vindictive.
- Bullies not only take lives but also kill your self-esteem.
Often, adults fail to acknowledge the seriousness of bullying. Encourage your child to be an upstander and not a bystander. Myles was one of the many victims of bullying.
This article is not to provide medical advice, professional diagnosis, opinion, treatment or services to anyone. Information collected was reviewed by the victim’s father to ensure accuracy. The article is the opinion of the writer and for educational purposes only. It is not a substitute for medical or professional care, and you should not use the information in the place of an advice from your physician or other healthcare provider.