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Bullying is a Public Health Threat per the Centers for Disease Control

May 17, 2017

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ("CDC"), regards bullying as a serious problem to national health in America. 

 

"Bullying can result in physical injury, social and emotional distress, and even death" and 44,193 Americans committed suicide in 2015 per the CDC.

 

Stopbullying.gov a website managed by the United States Department of Health & Human Services has found "Bullying behavior and suicide-related behavior are related."

 

 

8 year old Gabriel Taye (Source:  Gabriel Taye Memorial Fund Go Fund Me)

 

 

In January 2017, an 8-year-old boy Gabriel Taye of Cinncinati committed suicide two days after a recorded incident where he was bullied and assaulted at school.

 

The sickening incident is captured on video and begins with an image of Taye holding his hand out as if to shake hands with another student. Seconds later Taye is seen on the floor as other students appear to step around him.

 

 

 

Also in January 2017, a coroner's jury deemed Missouri Dairy Queen manager Harley Branham responsible for the suicide of 17 year old worker Kenneth Suttner.  Thereafter, Branham was criminally charged with involuntary felony manslaughter.

 

 

 

Suicide is preventable.

 

Bullying can be anticipated and therefore is also preventable.

 

Thus, bullying must be taken more seriously and dealt with in a proactive manner in schools and at work.  

 

Please watch this brief video for more information.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/pdf/Bullying_Factsheet.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/overview/index.html

http://abc7chicago.com/news/dairy-queen-manager-charged-after-bullied-teens-suicide/1734542/

https://www.stopbullying.gov/blog/2013/12/30/bullying-and-suicide-whats-the-connection

http://www.cnn.com/2017/05/13/health/ohio-boy-suicide-bullying/

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