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TOPIC: Social Issues TITLE: Boy 'driven to suicide by bullies' AUTHOR: James Tozer (Daily Mail) 1.0 SUMMARY A boy named Thomas Thompson decided to take his own life at the age of 11 years old because of alleged bullying. He was found in his bedroom by his mother in the evening when she returned home from work. He took an overdose of painkillers which led to a fatal heart attack. He was picked on by others just because he was different. Thomas Thompson was a clever, well-spoken and diligent boy. The bullies teased and tormented him relentlessly. They tried to strangle him with his tie, poking him and called him names like ‘gay boy’ and ‘fatso’. On the day of his death, Thomas made an escape from the bullies by getting off the school bus to save himself but he had enough and lastly took his own life. Thomas’s mother went to the school to seek justice for her son. The school headmaster said that there was no record of the child reporting bullying within the school and there was no evidence that Thomas was treated differently by other pupils. The school claimed that the only reported incident had been at a bus stop and involved children from other school. The whole school has been deeply shocked and saddened by Thomas's death. 2.0 DISSCUSSION Bullying does not happen only to children but also to adults. It is either they are being bullied or they are the bullies. Bullying can make one feel stressed, tension, upset, weak and also make one feel small from others. Research shows bullying can have long–lasting severe effects. Bullying is an issue which affects people from all walks of life and can happen at any point. Research reaffirm the long-lasting and devastating outcomes for the individual being bullied including prolonged absenteeism from school (NatCen and Red Balloon, 2011) and negative consequences on physical and mental health even at age of 50 (Takizawa et al, 2014). In fact, bullying is not constricted to the school gates and its victims are not limited to young people. It can happen at home and in our communities such as in boardrooms, lunchrooms, and highstreets. It is crucial to tell someone if you are being bullied. There are lots of other ways to stand up against bullying in one’s school or community instead of attempting suicide just like how the boy, Keaton escaped from attempting suicide in the second article. He took a different approach on bullying compared to some other children who chose to keep everything to themselves. He has made the society more aware about bullying and make more friends.You can talk to your teacher about what bullying is and how important it is to speak out about it. Be someone that care about others and encourage your peers to do likewise. If you see someone being bullied in your school, try to help them or speak to a staff member. You can create a notice board in your school about your 1
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