2010 Bullying results in suicide of Little Rock Teen; 2014 Rallies behind Taylor

December 12, 2010 ©®KATV Chanel 7, ©Holly Sonders Ch 7 February 20, 2011. 2014 Updated for additional news of #TaylorEllis a different student censored from his High School Year Book because he is open about being gay. Sheridan, AR.


"...11 Suicides in September, Is that Enough?..."

A quote from one of the students at the Center for Artistic Revolution, at Park View High School, Little Rock, AR "...Eleven Suicides in September, Is that enough?"

I have been unable to continue this story as it has been buried. Perhaps this is in respect of the family who lost their child. I am sorry for your loss. I am sorry for our world's loss for such a gentle soul. Maybe in time, these children lost to a bleak cloud of hopelessness, will be given a voice and better protections.

This Hub goes out as it is, to those whose voices are heard too late. I am sorry.

Pan Forward to 2014 -

Sheridan High School in Arkansas censored Taylor Ellis from the High School year book because of his being openly gay.

Yes, Taylor has been bullied all the way from the top of the Sheridan School District Director, on down to some intolerant students and community members with a digital device.

Although Taylor is suffering a trial of fire, he is not alone. - The cry was heard, "Yes, it is enough, too many as a matter of fact."

The cry was heard, "Yes, it is enough, too many as a matter of fact."

Word spread throughout the student body, and those brave souls who have headed the cry of "Stop Bullying Now," started telling Taylor Ellis's story.

Taylor has been quoted many times at how shocked he has been over the worldwide response and support that he has and still does receive. A Twitter Blitz has already taken place once and there is a "Stand with Taylor Ellis" Facebook Page now.

There has been progress among us. Bullying awareness is paying off. We are not in danger of losing Taylor Ellis; a very nice person, talented and smart to isolation and depression.

Thank you to everyone who answers the question, "is that enough?" with yes.

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December 10, 2010

Center for Artistic Revolution members held a vigil for fellow member Chandler B., a student at Little Rock Park View High School. Chandler feeling every stab of hateful intention, plunged into a darkness he could not find light in.

He was a known victim of bullying.

There is a sense when one watches the video presented by Holly Sonders, KATV Channel 7, Little Rock on 12.10.2010, that students representing their comrade Chandler, were pleading for someone to notice terrible activities that are carried on in this school. as if locked in some type of prison system where they have no rights.

Sentenced in Kindergarten to a system that has only one structured goal, and that is to pass students through, and create sports greats. People who are 'different' or have foreign ideas, are quickly shut down, and the type of society it has been, has allowed bullying to keep individuals in line.

In the South, fruity stuff like Art, Food, Dance and writing , have their own little space downtown. There is not much funding for Art-Theater in the Southern US schools. In the schools who rely on public funding and mileage votes, football, basketball and sometimes golf , but these program are priority and the funding goes into these areas . Heavily.


Teaching Tolerance works to bring awareness to Bullying

New case of bullying against another Arkansas student!

Last week, March 2014 - Taylor Ellis, a Sheridan Arkansas student was censored from his school year book, for his being honest about being gay.

From Wednesday March 18th, the Sheridan District Superintendent stood firm in their decision to censor Taylor Ellis and six other students citing the right to do so in upholding their "school mission."

In response, Chad Griffin who heads the Human Rights campaign (a past student of Sheridan schools) was quoted by The Arkansas Times: Arkansas Blog by Max Brantley:

(Griffin) “As an Arkansas native and a former elementary school student in Sheridan, I was taught the Golden Rule – about treating others as we would like to be treated. Whatever you may say about your intentions, it does not change the fact that you have failed to uphold these values that all fair-minded Arkansans share. Addressing bullying requires stopping bullies, not muzzling harmless free expression."..."

The link to the Arkansas Times, Arkansas Blog written by Max Brantley 03.18.2014


© 2011 Lori J Latimer

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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

Bullying has always been with us, and since we cannot monitor 24/7, it probably always will be.

What disturbs me more is youthful suicides. A few decades ago, suicide among the young was almost nonexistent. Why has that now become fairly common among teens? Are we teaching suicide as an alternative?

The son of a nurse my wife works with shot and killed himself on April Fools Day a few years ago. In his note, he chortled on about committing the best April Fools Day joke ever! He also said he owed a few hundred dollars and couldn't pay it back. He listed what he wanted for a funeral and his devastated mother complied, including an Armani suit that cost far more than what he owed!

Thoughtful Hub Lilly.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

While I'm sure your intentions are good, you're missing the main problem......KIDS shouldn't have the issue of sexuality forced upon them from the start. The initial instigator of this crap is not bullies, it's the fact that kids are taught that being gay is even an option when they're...um....KIDS. For heaven's sake (and for their sakes!) STOP trying to blame other kids for adults' immoral teachings.

"Distributing pink t-shirts to all the boys at school"????? Good grief! That's forcing kids or young men to become walking signs for the liberal agenda! and it's using the DEATH of children to make a political statement! When will grown-ups wise up and start actually teaching kids right from wrong????


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@WillStarr, thank you for your thoughtful comments. This story was forwarded to me by a friend a while back. The local papers have buried the story completely. Thank you for your kind and meaningful words.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Brenda Durham, I always respect another person's opinion. I am a bit shocked that your stance is forget about students and teachers who have bullied up to 11 students to the point of suicide.

If you feel that is a meaningless point to all of this, I feel very sorry for you. Please keep the name calling and personal attacks to a minimum. We keep it civil around here.


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WillStarr 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

I don't think Brenda meant to ignore the bullying. I too think that the continual pushing of the homosexual agenda is resented by those who do not agree.

Schools that can't even teach our children to read need to concentrate on the agenda of education and leave politics alone.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

If a pink shirt is the catalyst for simple assault, what a society this is...


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

...........

Thanks WillStarr. You're absolutely right!

I was going to elaborate upon this and defend my stance with some more common-sense points, but I think it's probably useless, since I immediately got insulted and falsely accused of making things personal by the author who DID make it personal.

Whatever! I'm sorry I even tried.

I'll just plan on writing my own hub about this issue. It's high time anyway.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

You are right Brenda. I did take it personally, and for that I apologize. It was a knee jerk reaction to what I have dealt with in the past in on-line forums. It was un-fair, and uncalled for. You are a long standing member of HubPages, and knowing the stellar quality of HubPages, Mr. Will and many others I should have given you the benefit of the doubt. I do apologize and hope you can accept my apology.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

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I didn't expect that.

Of course I accept your apology.

You're very gracious, and I thank you.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Thank you. I did not want to go to sleep with this unhealed. I thank you for coming back. Lets start from scratch. :0)


Ghost32 5 years ago

From early childhood, I've been unable to stomach bullying in any form. When other young boys my age were tormenting girls with unmerciful teasing, my instinct was always to stand up for the victims.

Not that my courage enabled that noble impulse, mind you; getting pounded into the playground surface as a reward for honoring my principles didn't often sound like a desirable result, either...for a while.

But by the time high school graduation rolled around, determination overcame fear more often than not. And most certainly the opportunities to stand up against bullies did not end with childhood. The possibilities are, sadly, quite literally endless.

What to do about it as a society entire? That I do not know...but the need for solutions, at least, is clear. Even the Tucson shooter, Jared Loughner, was known to have "had a bully" during his school years.

For my part personally, most of what I've done in life has been a constant war against bullies...mostly in the defense of others: Kicking GMAC Mortgage's tail when the company attempted to literally steal a young family's home, snarling in combat mode when a six-foot-eight "gentleman" thought he was going to physically detain my wife on an airplane, flying "war colors" in my aura at a restaurant where my African American hitchhiker feared to tread in pre-Civil Rights Act territory, teaching a girl how to throw a punch with her full weight behind it, backing off an attorney who had smeared a fine lady's credit, backing up sharp local politicians in 2010 against entrenched and arrogant incumbents....

Yep. The list is endless....


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BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

It's sad that too many modern schools are designed 'for the adult's agendas' and NOT for the kids. Adults need to go back to teaching kids and not tolerate the bullies at all. Great hub and I think schools fail because the kids are not the ones considered. Thanks for sharing this insightful hub.


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Sweetsusieg 5 years ago from Michigan

I really hate bullying, of all sorts!! One can almost guarantee if the kid was a bully in school, they will become an adult who gets into power and continues to bully. IT should not be tolerated by anyone, at anytime.

Bravo for you, for sticking up for those who were/are bullied!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Ghost 32! Thank you for telling about the path you chose, in standing up for the bullied! Your work is heroic, and I am thankful that there are people like you who are willing to put themselves in the middle of a situation, while bringing a solution of Peace and justice. Thank you! Thank you for the read.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Bobbi Rant, Thank you for your comments. Especially, "Adults need to go back to teaching kids and not tolerate the bullies at all." They have zero tolerance for something as simple as a 5 year old saying, "I'm going to kill you" (for teasing regarding a yucky girl), but when the staff joins the bullies, it is too much. Thanks again.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@sweetsusieg, Thank you. I am glad you know me, and understand my intent. It is simple. Giving voice to another human spirit that was not given simple protections, and shunned for his differences. Thank you Sweetsusieg for the encouraging comments. The best!


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

Okay LillyGrillzit,

Thank you again!

...The point I was trying to make is that the issue of bullying has been overrun by the gay agenda. Bullying is not a good thing anywhere, anytime, especially in schools and other arenas where youngsters are.

If those activists and other advocates really were concerned about teen suicides and wanted to show sympathy for the dead (or for the living, for that matter), I think they would be requesting other students to wear, maybe, black (the traditional symbol of grief) instead of trying to, in effect, paint the whole school pink. That, to me, shows their agenda, and their insensitivity to ALL teens' problems.

There are kids who are teased, insulted, etc., simply because they're "ugly", or handicapped, or overweight, or poor, or have lower IQ's, etc.....yet do we ever see other kids or teachers advocating for kids to come to school in wheelchairs or in "fat suits" or etc. in order to show empathy? The closest I've ever heard of is kids and teachers who've shaved their heads in sympathy for a classmate with cancer! And that's a good gesture!

But it's not the usual. For them to try to get everyone to wear pink because of a "gay" child's situation or death, is....just plain wrong in my opinion and also Biblically. It's an attempt to sanction that lifestyle. And it does those kids who have those confusions a huge disservice! They need to be taught the truth, that they're either male or female and should behave as such. They're being put in the middle of a maze of confusion...ADULTS who are confused and/or wicked are trying to draw children into their own maze of confusion, and into their political agenda.

Little kids even in kindergarten and other lower grades in school are being inundated with "what if" decisions that they are too immature to even consider, much less be a part of making social/legal decisions about. I watched a show where Arne Duncan and a bunch of other liberals were discussing bullying....even Dr. Phil was there. Duncan said the kids were "the experts" on this subject! Nonsense! Kids aren't experts on anything---they're KIDS! And Dr. Phil sat there and let Duncan perpetuate that idea. Needless to say, I have no more confidence in anything Dr. Phil does or says. He has let money and fame and Oprah determine his direction these days; he's turned into a talk show host instead of the common-sense counselor he used to be.

GLSEN is being brought into every school that will accept it. Excuse me, but there has to be something better than that liberal group to take a stand for ALL kids who are bullied. And it amazes me that adult teachers or principals, etc., cannot figure out how to properly lead, discipline, and interact with children in situations like this.

When I read your hub, I noted all those links, beginning with the one about bullying of "gays". So I assumed you were also focusing on that issue. Maybe you were; maybe not. But anyway, that's what I see on this subject. Even real discrimination, like racism (which does occur sometimes, but isn't very prevalent anymore) has taken a back seat to the gay agenda. Homosexual advocates ride the coattails of the civil rights movement, which was/is a legitimate movement. The gay "rights" movement isn't even about legitimate civil rights; it's simply an agenda that's being force-fed to impressionable children. And America just sits back and lets it happen. No small child or even teenager should have to find themselves in the middle of the crap.


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

..I was adding to my post but it somehow got lost?

Anyway, I want to say I thank you for being nice to me and willing to discuss.

I think I'll stop there. This is your hub, not a discussion forum, and I don't want to post something that might be taken wrong or might come off as personally offensive.

Peace.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Brenda Durham, thank you for stating your peace. :0) The older I get, luckily I have learned; for me, that it is much better to do the right thing more than be right. [especially when I am wrong. hee hee hee]

I say this in kindness and a smile. There is enough warring and fighting. I am NO Saint, but I do love Mother Teresa, and I ascribe to much of her wisdom, the practicing it is the work. One of my favorite quotes is

"It is not enough for us to say: 'I love God', but I also have to love my neighbor. St. John says that you are a liar if you say you love God and you don't love your neighbor. How can you love God whom you do not see, if you do not love your neighbor whom you see, whom you touch, with whom you live? And so it is very important for us to realize that love, to be true, has to hurt. I must be willing to give whatever it takes not to harm other people and, in fact, to do good to them. This requires that I be willing to give until it hurts. Otherwise, there is no true love in me and I bring injustice, not peace, to those around me."

taken from Mother Teresa of Calcutta; Ascension of a Saint

http://www.ascension-research.org/teresa.html


Brenda Durham 5 years ago

.....

Now I'm curious.

But that's a whole other topic of discussion....errrr...can of worms! haha. I won't go there!

Thank you for your kindness!


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

Geez, I wonder if we all read the same Bible? What i read is to leave the judging to God. The Bible say's for man to lie with another man is a sin, in the same passage it say's it's a sin for a man to trim his beard, it also say's it's a sin for a woman to cut her hair. Why pick and choose. Gay people are not gay because they choose it, they are born that way, anyone who knows anything about human sexuality is aware of that factor. The sooner people start learning to love and not hate people who are different, the better the world will become. When we all start to teach our children to accept and love all God's creations, Bullying will no longer exist. Pink shirts appears to be a perfect teaching tool. Thank you for this hub. People need to be aware of the hate out there.


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Lady_E 5 years ago from London, UK

It's a very sad thing. People don't realise how deeply it hurts those affected. I hope more is done to prevent it.

There are too many lives cut short.

Thanks for writing this.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@always exploring, Thank you, I really like, "...Gay people are not gay because they choose it, they are born that way, anyone who knows anything about human sexuality is aware of that factor...", who would choose to face each day, in a society who thinks you are better off dead? Yipes... Thank you very much!


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Lady_E, It is very sad. Thank you for your good words. I too hope more is done to prevent it. Awareness always makes things better imo.


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Every loss of a human life is a failure, and it is even worse when it is the lost of a teenager. Sadly enough the bullying will continue as long as adults can´t respect people who are different in any way. Children do not do as we say, they do as we do. And if adults consider themselves to be in a position where we can decide which is the right way to be as a human, then the kids will too. That goes for every difference no matter if it is clothing, body-shape, homosexuality or anything else. Humans are supposed to be intelligent!!

I hope it is possible to change this fear of people that are different, and you have made a great contribution in writing this! Well done!


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katiem2 5 years ago from I'm outta here

Oh my where has all the empathy gone! Bullying is a big issue and one that should be picked to the bone till we nip it in the bud. Great report and keep up the vital reporting! Much Appreciated! Katie


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Healing Touch 5 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

Very educational hub. Too many youth dying. I also wrote on teen suicides. Great job and blessings to you


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

@Thoughtforce, Thank you. Your comments are filled with truth. I love, "And if adults consider themselves to be in a position where we can decide which is the right way to be human, then the kids will too..." Thank you very much.


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H P Roychoudhury 5 years ago from Guwahati, India

Rock dance in the Center of Artistic Revolution is the best way to bring peace and justice in the minds of all. Fantastic pictures.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

HP Roychoudhury, Thank you for your kind remarks, I am glad you have come to read. Peace


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

Good information and very inspiring, Lilly. I hope the best for our teenager. They are the next generation. Well done, my friend. Vote up! Good bless you.

Love and peace,


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

prasetio30, I am so late, forgive me. Thank you for your kind and soothing comments. As a teacher, I am sure this is dear to your heart, and since you are so compassionate I thank you for your blessings


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Mimi721wis 5 years ago

Our youth have enough to deal with. As a society we should do more to let it be known this is unacceptable behavior. I believe sports play a part in bulling when adults sit around spewing out demeaning names at players when they make errors. Young children may think this is acceptable behavior. Either way bulling is flat out wrong.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Mimi721wis, Thank you! More often, I notice bullying going on in many situations. Meanness is no count, as we say here in the south. The Peace Makers inherit the Earth, thats all we want anyway...Thank you for you comments, and read! Peace.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

Dearest Ms. KatieM, empathy has nearly been termed as a weakness and disease. Our modern society has become a bit mean. Hopefully, that will pass. In the meantime, I am glad you are a protection for the young people, and that there are people like you, who speak up for the right things...


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fayx24 5 years ago from Australia

Bullying... I've had my share. I was different - that was it in a nutshell. People fear the unknown. Thanks for an insightful Hub.


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LillyGrillzit 5 years ago from The River Valley, Arkansas Author

fayx24, thanks for commenting. :0)

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