Posted by jeremy on October 11, 2010 8:52 pm.
Two stories about psychological abuse directed at children recently made it into the mainstream media.
Dying seven year old girl viciously taunted by deranged neighbor
A seven year old girl’s adult neighbors decided to taunt her. Just wait until you learn why:
Her family says 7-year-old Kathleen Edward is in the final stages of a degenerative brain disorder diagnosed as Huntington’s Disease - the same disease which killed her mother, Laura, when she was only 24…
Neighbors Jennifer and Scott Petkov, who have been feuding with the family, admitted to posting grim depictions of Laura and Kathleen on Facebook. One photo depicts Laura in the arms of the grim reaper, while the other features Kathleen’s face above a set of crossbones…
The couple also have a coffin hitched to a pick-up truck in front of the house, which they say is nothing more than a halloween decoration.
A member of Kathleen’s family says the bad blood started about two-years ago after the two families had a falling out over a birthday party at the Rose house. At the party kids were using a “bounce-house” and playing games in the front yard. The source says that Jennifer Petkov texted someone in the Rose family, asking if her kids could come to the event. A response to the text did not come quickly enough and it angered Jennifer. According to the Rose family, she’s been harassing them ever since.1
Ms. Petkov defended her actions on television, saying “[It gives me] personal satisfaction… It burns her ass raw.”1
Multiple suicides at one school
There’s a single school in Mentor, Ohio in which four teens have been driven to suicide in the space of two years. An October 2008 suicide was especially appalling:
Sladjana Vidovic’s body lay in an open casket, dressed in the sparkly pink dress she had planned to wear to the prom. Days earlier, she had tied one end of a rope around her neck and the other around a bed post before jumping out her bedroom window.
The 16-year-old’s last words, scribbled in English and her native Croatian, told of her daily torment at Mentor High School, where students mocked her accent, taunted her with insults like “Slutty Jana” and threw food at her…
When the family tried to retrieve records about their reports of bullying, school officials told them the records were destroyed during a switch to computers.2
Several other students committed suicide due to bullying:
Eric Mohat was flamboyant and loud and preferred to wear pink most of the time. When he didn’t get the lead soprano part in the choir his freshman year, he was indignant… “They called him fag, homo, queer,” says his mother, Jan… Eric Mohat shot himself on March 29, 2007, two weeks before a choir trip to Hawaii.
Meredith Rezak, 16, shot herself in the head three weeks after the death of Mohat, a good friend of hers. Her cell phone, found next to her body, contained a photograph of Mohat with the caption “R.I.P. Eric a.k.a. Twiggy.” Rezak was bright, outgoing and a well-liked player on the volleyball team. Shortly before her suicide, she had joined the school’s Gay-Straight Alliance and told friends and family she thought she might be gay.
Most mornings before school, Jennifer Eyring would take Pepto-Bismol to calm her stomach and plead with her mother to let her stay home… Eyring, 16, was an accomplished equestrian who had a learning disability. She was developmentally delayed and had a hearing problem, so she received tutoring during the school day. For that, her mother says, she was bullied constantly… she died of an overdose.2
It gets worse. The wonderful kids at this school paid a visit to Vidovic’s wake:
Suzana Vidovic found her sister’s body hanging over the front lawn. The family watched, she said, as the girls who had tormented Sladjana for months walked up to the casket - and laughed.2
The dead kids’ surnames are Vidovic, Rezat, Mohat, and Eyring (German). Is there a trend?
In other news
Focus on the Family has recently come out against anti-bullying programs in schools, expressing concern about ulterior motives.3
- ^ a b "Parents: Dying Girl, 7, Taunted by Neighbors in Trenton"; FOX News (Detroit), 10/7/2010.
- ^ a b c "Sladjana Vidovic: Four Bullied Teens Dead by Their Own Hands at Ohio School"; CBS News, 10/8/2010.
- ^ "Some School Anti-Bullying Programs Push Gay Agenda, Christian Group Says"; ABC News, 9/1/2010.