These days, it can seem that the world is in a crazy, mixed-up state in which cruelty, meanness and hate have gained the upper hand. Youd be forgiven if you thought it had gotten worse in recent years, but such negativity has always been part of the human experience.
So on this Mothers Day, we thought it would be appropriate, indeed fitting, to discuss a topic mothers and fathers, too dread: school bullying. Too often, as it does in this case, it involves the suicide of a child who endured all he or she could until concluding the only way out was death. But theres also a family left behind who, in the midst of their overwhelming grief, decides to do something anything to help the next child, the next mom, the next dad avoid the pain and anguish theyre experiencing.
Less than a month ago, on the evening of April 17, Lainey Smith, a 13-year-old student at Chatham Middle School in Pittsylvania County, shot herself at her home. Despite emergency life-saving steps taken by police, fire and EMS personnel, she didnt survive. Her family is left behind, grieving and wondering why their beautiful child would take such an extreme step to rid her soul of the enormous emotional pain she had been living with.