After Losing His 15-Year-Old Daughter Hannah To Suicide In 2011, Len Pauley Is Raising Awareness Of Bullying In An Effort To Save Lives
Everyone knows the saying “sticks and stones may break your bones, but words will never hurt you.” When we teach our kids sayings like this, we are doing them an injustice. Not only do words hurt, but they can also kill.
Be careful what you say, because you never know what’s taking place in another person’s heart and mind. Kids today often think it’s funny and cool to make fun of others. In fact, it’s sad that at times we take pleasure in hurting others in order to make people laugh.
Instead of picking on others and ruining their lives, why don’t we be the bigger person and stand up for those who are picked on and help change their lives?
Two years ago, my world and my family’s world was forever changed in the worst way possible. After I came home from dinner, I walked upstairs to find my 15-year-old daughter lying on the floor with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
This is a parent’s worst nightmare. I lived through it and want no other parent to have the experience.
Awareness needs to be raised. Your child could be next. As parents, we need to talk to our children. It may be your child who is being bullied or is the bully.
Please don’t think this can’t happen to your child, because it can.
It’s time we all take a stand, and get more involved, and help change many people’s lives throughout the Calcasieu Parish area and beyond.
Unfortunately, in today’s society, cyber bullying is an epidemic and children can no longer get away from it. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, are just a few ways kids send terrible messages about others.
Not long ago, weekends would offer kids some relief from bullying situations. Not anymore.
Remember, when a young person hits the ENTER button, it’s as if he’s put a message on a billboard on I-10 for everyone to read. And once they’ve hit ENTER, they can’t take the message down.
Many people have asked why I’m doing this — trying to raise awareness and help. I simply say that if it happened to your child, you would do the same, and you would do whatever you could to prevent another parent from going through this.
So, don’t wait for your kid to be bullied or commit suicide. Take a stand with us all and help put an end to all the nonsense.
– Written By Len Pauley