xanadian: FTFA: Noah Brocklebank, a seventh-grader from Columbia, Md., has been bullied by his classmates for years. He's been called 'fat,' 'ugly,' 'annoying,' and loser,' amongst other terrible names.1. Kids are assholes, *especially* at that age, and I'm glad the kid is getting help.2. If he's so bothered by not just the name-calling, and it's his physique that's drawing all this negative attention, there's a solution: GET IN SHAPE, GO OUTSIDE, BE ACTIVE. Mommy Dearest, this is YOUR cue as a parent to support him in this.3. He's no fatter than 90% of the other kids I see these days, but he's gotta lose that Bieber do. Yipes!
Wobble: As a parent going through a very similar situation with my 12 year old daughter, I fail to see the humor in most of the posts on here. This is a cry for help, not attention. You children that choose to downplay the seriousness of this problem need to get out of your mom's basement, find a girl (good luck), get married and have a kid. If this is still funny in 13 or 14 years, then make your jokes. That will just prove you're still a self centered asshole.
Tommy Moo: This is how it should work. Not sure about MD, but in NY he'd be put under mental health arrest, which involves no actual care, and is little different that prison. They hold you for 72 hours and keep you under constant surveillance, while denying you access to shoestrings, silverware, etc. Just what every depressed kid needs: to be stripped of his dignity and paraded around a hospital with his shoes falling off, shoveling mashed potatoes into his mouth with his bare hands like a toddler. Most people come out feeling everything they went in with, plus anger and humiliation on top.
The My Little Pony Killer: Awww, look at those neat, shallow scratches. Sure, there are quite a few of them, but it's really no different than what my cat can do when she's playing.This kid was never suicidal. Somebody who wants to die will just up and do it, they won't go through all the theatrics of setting up pictures and posting them on the internet or scheduling their death according to meaningful dates. They just. farking. Do it.
AbortionsForAll: If he was in fact suicidal, he wouldn't have warned the internet of his intentions.
lovegravy: The problem is he's fat and doesn't like it. Hiding that isn't fixing it.
mbillips: LDM90: 13 was the worst age. Get well soon kid.THIS. I was fairly popular at 13, played football and was in the band, and was still miserable. One big raw nerve; worst year of my life for no reason other than being 13.
The Great EZE: lovegravy: So to be clear your solution is to change the entire world to accommodate this kid.My suggestion is to teach the kids to deal with it Themselves.Bullying is absolutely wrong, But it is impossible to stop. Millions of kids are bullied and they don't cut themselves. This kid obviously doesn't like himself and a bunch of Facebook likes won't change that.Maybe I'm naive but I believe that even if we can't fully eradicate a problem it is still worthwhile to try where we can. Or at least minimize the damage. Or at the VERY LEAST not respond to a depressed 13-year-old kid by calling him an attention whore who deserves the hell being brought on him.One of the lasting impressions I hope my generation leaves on the world is acknowledgement that treating people with respect isn't a sign of weakness, that making a kid who already feels shiatty about life feel even shiattier should be avoided--even if it gives you a "back-in-the-day self-reliance" boner. Because if I ever reach the point where I believe (and this isn't just you, I'm now addressing the general tone of threads like this) the best solution to depression is prodding the depressed person to end it all I hope I manage to do the next generation a service and off myself first./Richard Simmons got a lot more desperate people to lose weight, keep it off, and feel better about themselves through "coddling" than Jillian The Barking Shrew Michaels and all the exploitative "Boot Camp" programs in the world ever could.
lovegravy: So to be clear your solution is to change the entire world to accommodate this kid.My suggestion is to teach the kids to deal with it Themselves.Bullying is absolutely wrong, But it is impossible to stop. Millions of kids are bullied and they don't cut themselves. This kid obviously doesn't like himself and a bunch of Facebook likes won't change that.
lovegravy: Poor? You think poor is an uncontrollable affliction?
Gifted Many Few: Caffandtranqs: Holy crap. I hope this kid does not know FARK exists. He'd go hang himself just reading these asinine comments. I know I can be a real dick at times, but some of you guys take the cake and the pie.If anyone is pushed over the edge by anything said here, they need to start examining their life choices. I have been called all manner of names here. Some deserved, but most not. If it ever bothers me, I have the common sense to walk away.
lovegravy: The cure for being called fat is to work out, which happens to also be the cure for most forms of bullying. Parents who hide their kids problems by blaming everyone else will end up with a hopelessly unprepared kid when he has to go out there and deal with his own problems.
keepitcherry: Farce-Side: keepitcherry: I'm probably going to get crucified for this but...when did kids get so soft?You mean the fat? Or the fact that he's a pussy?Hahaha. I'm glad it wasn't just me then. This kid is a pussy ass attention whore and his little theatrics got him just the attention he wanted.
durbnpoisn: Having known a couple of people who have committed suicide, this is what I have learned... When someone says they are planning on doing it, they are not. They are looking for someone to tell them not to do it.If someone really wants out, they just do it. And no one ever seems to notice the signs of it coming until after the deed is done.This is why when my wife says to me, "My friend is threatening suicide again...", I just say, "well, then she's just fine. Don't worry about it."
DerAppie: 13 was an awesome age.
jaylectricity: If I wasn't absolutely positive that I wanted to kill myself, having thousands of people knowing about it surely would push me over the edge.
abfalter: BY all means, let's teach this child that grand dramatic self-destructive actions are an instant ticket to sympathy and attention. I am sure that will help him turn into a well adjusted adult.
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LDM90: 13 was the worst age. Get well soon kid.
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