Bullying and suicide

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Bullycide is a case of suicide attributable to the victim having been bullied, either in person or via social media.[1][2][3][4][5] The connection came to prominence during the highly publicised teenage suicides in the USA in the latter part of 2010, but had been recognized less widely before.[6][7] Writers Neil Marr and Tim Field wrote about it in their 2001 book Bullycide: Death at Playtime.[8]

Legal analysts criticise the term bullycide because it links a cause with an effect under someone else's control.[9] Research shows those who are bullied have a higher probability of considering or performing suicide than those who are not.[5] However, there are victims of bullying who do not end up committing suicide, and some of them share their experiences in order to send a positive message to bullying victims that suicide is not the only option.[citation needed]

In 2010, the suicides of teenagers who were bullied because they were gay or perceived to be led to the establishment of the It Gets Better project by Dan Savage,[10][11] and the online event, Spirit Day, was created in which participants were asked to wear purple as a symbol of respect for the deceased victims of bullying, particularly cyberbullying, and to signify opposition to the bullying of the LGBT community.

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  1. ^ Marr, Neil; Field, Tim (30 January 2001). Bullycide: Death at Playtime (1 ed.). Success Unlimited. ISBN 978-0-9529121-2-5. 
  2. ^ Bender, Joyce (28 April 2008). "Bullycide: The Only Escape for Some Brutalized Children with Disabilities". The Cutting Edge. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  3. ^ Pursell Elliott, Gail (9 May 2003). School Mobbing and Emotional Abuse: See it - Stop it - Prevent it with Dignity and Respect. Routledge. p. 32. ISBN 978-0-415-94551-6. 
  4. ^ Moffatt, Gregory K (30 June 2003). Wounded Innocents and Fallen Angels: Child Abuse and Child Aggression. Praeger Publishers. p. 161. ISBN 978-0-275-97848-8. 
  5. ^ a b Martinez, Edecio (4 May 2010). "Cyber Bullying Illegal: Mass. Governor Signs Landmark Anti-Bullying Law - Crimesider - CBS News". CBS News. Retrieved 25 October 2010. 
  6. ^ LaSalle, Reneé (16 November 2009). "No Charges in Murray County High School "Bullycide" Case". WDEF News. Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  7. ^ Sikora, Kate (31 July 2008). "Signs that can help you save your child". The Daily Telegraph (Australia). Retrieved 24 October 2010. 
  8. ^ Marr, Neil; Field, Tim (30 January 2001). Bullycide: Death at Playtime (1 ed.). Success Unlimited. ISBN 978-0-9529121-2-5. 
  9. ^ Kohut, Margaret R (9 November 2007). The Complete Guide to Understanding, Controlling, and Stopping Bullies & Bullying: A Complete Guide for Teachers & Parents. Atlantic Publishing Company. p. 114. ISBN 978-1-60138-021-0. 
  10. ^ "GT Investigates - In This Issue". GayTimes. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  11. ^ "In suicide's wake, a message to gay teens: Hang on; you are not alone". St. Petersburg Times; Tampabay.com. 2 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-16. 

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