Zachary Golding, 15, Bullycide in New York
Zack Golding was a varsity football player, played baseball and football. He was very active in his church’s youth group. He enjoyed camping, fishing, target shooting, and meeting new people. And, according to his sister on the memorial page set up for him on facebook, he was also bullied.There’s been no mention as to why Zack may have been bullied. The “why” shouldn’t even matter, though. What matters is that one more young person has dealt with being bullied to the point where they felt the only way out was to end their life. What is it going to take to reverse this deadly trend?
All of the answers are right there in front of us. We understand that it’s an issue that needs to be addressed from the top, down. It starts with the adults. More importantly, it starts with the parents. At the same time, it’s also obvious that re-educating young people is something that also needs to be done. One top of that, we know that there’s an incredible lack of accountability and responsibility on the part of school officials in cases of bullying, and THAT needs to be addressed. And, it’s apparent that some level of….the list is ridiculously endless. What we’re missing is a solution. A way to end this madness.
A friend of Zachary’s wrote of when they were schoolmates up until 5th grade and how his father had also taken his own life. That’s a lot of trauma for a 10-year-old boy to have to carry around. I can’t say whether that event lead to the depression that he struggled from or if it just served to make an already tough situation worse. Either way, in the end, it appears that the lethal combination of depression and bullying proved too much for Zack Golding to handle.
On Thursday, October 25th, Zachary Golding reached the point of no return. He succumbed to whatever it was he found so torturous in his brief 15 years. On Thursday, October 25th, yet another teen in distress reminded us, the adults, that not enough is being done to prevent this from happening. Not nearly enough. I’ve even personally heard the remark that “it’s hard to feel sorry for someone who does that to themselves.” Are you kidding me? These are teenagers!!! Judgments are certainly not what’s needed here: solutions are. If you look around you, yes even right in your own backyards, you will undoubtedly see a young person who is struggling with something. It could be depression, being bullied, being abused…full palate. The question must be, at this point, “what are you doing to intervene?” What are you doing to give that young person the strength they need to try one more day? What role are you playing in trying to make this epidemic end? If you spend just an hour or so perusing sites such as tumblr, you should be alarmed by the things that are being posted, right there for the world to see, by teenagers!!! Think about the Amanda Todd video. They are screaming for help but, sadly, in far-too-many cases, their screams are falling upon deaf ears. And, as a result, the bullying/teen suicide epidemic shows no sign of slowing down in the near future. Translation: we are failing, miserably, at saving these young people’s lives. That means that we all need to step up even more in our efforts. When you think you’re “doing your part”, do more.
Hopefully, you’re resting peacefully, now, Zachary.
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Written by Ron Kemp
November 8, 2012 at 5:54 pm
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