Why are our children committing suicide over taunting remarks?!?!
I think bullying needs to be addressed, don't get me wrong. But, how does it come to the point of no return when a child between the ages of 10 and 17+ commits suicide because of teasing and taunting? It's not only the parents of the bullies who need to be scrutinised, it's also the parents of the bullied! Why aren't we teaching our babies to take chiding remarks with a grain of salt and in stride... to not take themselves and others excessively seriously and personally? If and when my child came to me with any complaint concerning this type of matter, I would take it seriously enough each and every time to guide her through it encouraging her to not take mean remarks to heart and focus on school and her real friends! And the family who love her! Suicide over such matters need never happen! I was SEVERLY bullied as a child (verbally, physically, etc. by a few out-of-control kids who had their own problems at home and beyond...I realised that I wasn't their only "victim")... I had my parents' and other family member's and teachers' and real friends' love and support to help me along the way. But, parents/guardians truly are key to helping their offspring in all areas of their early days in this life. "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me." And compassion, empathy, sympathy, as well as proactive understanding heal all other wounds.
*EDIT I understand that words hurt (verbal abuse sucks, I can tell you that much), but I also think we as parents, teachers, guardians, society as a whole need to teach our children coping skills for the inevitable--that they are going to be subjected at least by proxy to ill-meant verbage and the like off and on throughout life--we need to teach them to focus on the people who truly care about them as they care for others and the feeling of others... and we also need to address the bullies and how they are being raised. Most, if not all, bullies are not being attended to properly at home and are very often the product and direct victims of abuse, themselves. I don't claim to hold all of the answers, but, I do feel that this is basic understanding.