I am a 25 year old male from Michigan. I have no prior history with bullying, other than I grew up very skinny and I was often teased of that. The portion of bullying that aches me to my core, is the often, or potential consequence of suicide. I lost my twin brother to suicide in October 2011. Knowing what it did to my family and me, I would like to be able to do anything to prevent it from happening again. When I watched the movie "Bully", and I heard several stories of teenagers thinking about or actually committing suicide, it broke my heart. Remember, life challenges us all in different ways. Seeing young individuals be tormented in our school systems, and seeing staff often do nothing about it, has to stop. Parents can't do this alone. Yes, parents should be educating their kids at home about bullying, but they should also have reassurance that their kids are safe when they are sent off to school. Let's make a change. Let's make our school systems and the lives of kids better.
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