What kind of children are we as a society raising in this new era of “bullying”? We see it everyday here on TheJBMission. There are people who try and I say try because they have not succeeded, to bully me with their lies and scandalous accusations. Their actions are silly and childish yet their words can hurt, if I allow it. Fortunately, I’m a self-assured adult who’s lived long enough to shake off their insults like a drop of water on the back of a well oiled duck but what about children. Are these the parents of the new wave bullies?

Bullying doesn’t get any worst than this!!

Recently, a 12year old boy viciously smashes the face of an 11year old boy into the pavement to steal an iPhone that he borrowed from his dad. Mitchell Wilson’s teeth and face were severely injured as a result of this unbelievable attack. He was defenseless and unable to run away from the bully who simply wanted something that Mitchell had.

This young warrior, Mitchell Wilson is undoubtedly more courageous and heroic than the monster child who attacked him. Mitch, as his family called him, is a victim of a horrible disease, muscular dystrophy. Nonetheless, he bravely attended Westcreek Public School in Pickering, Ontario. With the help of his walker and with a spark in his eye he struggled to be a normal kid and to get an education in hopes of not being a burden to society. Handicapped children often strive harder than most healthy normal children. All that they ask is to be accepted by their peers.

Mitchell’s doctor strongly recommended that he take daily walks for exercise to stave off this crippling disease. Since muscular dystrophy weakens the musculoskeletal system and progressively gets worst, activities such walking and climbing stairs were a difficult task for him, something most of us take for granted but being this optimistic kid, he was exercising, taking his daily walk when suddenly he was viciously attacked by one of his fellow students.  After the attack, he was never the same.

His father, Craig Wilson said his son had lost that spark in his eye on that day in November when he was attacked. After the attack, that spark in eye was forever lost. Craig Wilson told CTV’s Canada AM “He had huge anxiety attacks about going outside and going for his walks and going to school by himself.”
Craig Wilson said his son felt tormented by bullies at school who picked on him because of disability. He said his son grew uncharacteristically moody and irritable after the attack and stopped going on walks unless someone was with him. He also said his son was embarrassed and apologized to him because he could not stop the attacker beating him up.

Mitchell Wilson suffered other solemn misfortune in the last few years of his life. He had lost his mother three years before to skin cancer and he was diagnosed with muscular dystrophy only one year ago.

Mitchell had spent part of his summer with his grandmother Pam Wilson at her summer cottage. While there, he swore to his grandmother, if he had to go back to that school he’d kill himself.

On Labour Day, the eve of the first day of school, he said good night to his father and his stepmother then laid down in his bed with a plastic bag over his heard. He suffocated. His father found him dead the next morning. It was also one day after he received a subpoena to testify against his alleged attacker, who cannot be identified for legal reasons.
The subpoena read that Mitchell was due in court in 3 weeks to testify against his 12 year old assailant. Due to the circumstances, the prosecutors have reset the date because it was too soon after the suicide.
Now there appears to be nobody to testify at the trial and the charge of assault could be dropped. A new trial date has been set for November 21.  Mitchell’s grandmother Pam Wilson said his family ‘don’t want to be a lynch squad’ and are only trying to help the attacker have a better life.  The 11-year-old’s death is the latest in a string a recent teen suicides.

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THE OTHER YOUNG BULLYING VICTIMS WHO ENDED THEIR LIVES

Phoebe Prince – January 2010
The 15-year-old Irish immigrant was racially taunted for three months by classmates in Massachusetts after she dated a popular boy. She was found by her sister hanging in the stairwell of her home.

Tyler Clementi – September 2010
The Rutgers University freshman’s roommate used secret cameras to record the 18-year-old kissing another man and stream it over the internet. He jumped to his death from the George Washington Bridge.

Jamey Rodemeyer – September 2011
The gay 14-year-old thanked Lady Gaga in a YouTube video in which he talked about suffering incessant homophobic bullying. He was found dead outside his Buffalo home.

Eric Mohat – March 2009
In 2009, Eric Mohat, 17, was harassed so mercilessly in high school that when one bully said publicly in class, “Why don’t you go home and shoot yourself, no one will miss you,” he did.

His parents, William and Janis Mohat of Mentor, Ohio, have filed a lawsuit in federal court, saying that their son endured name-calling, teasing, constant pushing and shoving and hitting in front of school officials who should have protected him.

SUICIDE – BULLYING CONNECTION    

The National Youth Violence Prevention Resource Center estimates that nearly 30 percent of American youth are either a bully or a target of bullying.
According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which established the resource center after the Columbine shootings in 1999, every day an estimated 160,000 kids nationwide stay home from school because they are afraid of being bullied.

In addition, researchers at the Yale School of Medicine, in a new review of studies from 13 countries, have found signs of an apparent connection between bullying, being bullied and suicide.
Almost all found connections between being bullied and suicidal thoughts among children. Five reported that bullying victims were two to nine times more likely to report suicidal thoughts than were other children.

Fight Against Bullying

Time Warner has joined Facebook’s ongoing battle against bullying subsequent to the bullying of Phoebe Prince. The anti-bullying campaign is called “Stop Bullying: Speak Up” Lady GaGa has stepped up to the plate by speaking out on the suffering of homosexual teens and young adults.
Bullying has nothing to do with whether you condone someone’s life style or way of thinking. It’s meant to crush the spirit of an innocent person that some rogue troubled, insecure young person perceived as a weak link.  Once this person proves that its okay to hurt others, the other insecure young people join in. These misfits in fact have internalized their pain from being called out on their own inadequacies.  To relieve themselves of their suffering, they in turn bestow it on another in hopes of making themselves feel superior.

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I wept when I read this story. This adorable little boy, suffering from a horrid disease, unable to walk on his own or participate in sports; while striving to build a bit of self-confidence, to have other children shoot him down in my opinion is deplorable.
It wasn’t as if he was born with this affliction. It was new to him. He was adjusting to his mother’s death, his new step-mother along with the crippling effects of muscular dystrophy. He had a spark in his eye and a beautiful face that someone tried to take away from him.
If the attacker were my 12 year old son who mugged a disabled boy, I would be gravely concerned. If a parent has a child who is cruel to younger children or animals, it should be a wake up call for them. Not that I’m saying this is fact regarding this 12 year old, I’m just saying there had to be a sign.

Parents should take a good look at their children’s behavior pattern before it’s too late.
Muscular dystrophy didn’t kill Mitchell Wilson. A bully killed Mitchell Wilson.

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TheJBMission~

Sources:

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/MindMoodNews/story?id=7228335
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2043480/Disabled-Mitchell-Wilson-11-commits-suicide-thug-punched-iPhone.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2011/09/29/mitchell-wilson-suicide-disabled-bullying_n_987070.html?icid=maing-grid10%7Chtmlws-main-bb%7Cdl1%7Csec1_lnk2%7C100208

http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Canada/20110929/bullied-son-lost-spark-before-suicide-110929/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muscular_dystrophy

http://news.nationalpost.com/2011/09/28/if-i-have-to-go-back-to-that-school-ill-kill-myself/

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