U study: Teen bullying linked to suicide factors

  • Article by: Jeremy Olson , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 19, 2013 - 9:17 PM

Identifying protective factors for victims – and the bullies themselves – is key to understanding their suicide risks.

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pokey2007Jun. 19, 13 9:24 PM

Ya think?

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ctifferJun. 19, 1310:03 PM

Yep. Who would have thunk that if you are bullied all day, every day, you would consider suicide. Of course, who enables bullies? (teachers - many are bullies themselves)

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BABloomJun. 19, 1310:07 PM

Minnesota has one of the weakest bullying prevention laws in the country. A new effective law was blocked at the end of the legislative session by powerful Republicans. WE need to insist that when the Senate returns next year that they pass the law to protect vulnerable Minnesota children from bullying.

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purlieuJun. 20, 13 6:42 AM

Bullying needs to be nipped in the bud at an early age. Little bullies grow up to be big bullies. Then we have to deal with them in the workplace, our government, our neighborhoods and even in our homes.

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olson123456Jun. 20, 13 6:52 AM

Unfortunately, the researchers cannot interview those young people who have already committed suicide due to bullying. My cousin's 14-year-old son was one of those. They discovered the extent of the bullying by reading the text messages he had been receiving for some time. Oh, and nothing happened to those who sent the messages either.

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circleoflifeJun. 20, 13 8:03 AM

You're on to something extremely important, olson123456. Texting. Schools supposedly have a no cell phone rule yet don't enforce it and I believe that is where the majority of the bullying takes place. it's too easy to bully someone when it's not face to face and is the cowards way out. Until parents understand their children do not NEED a phone, bullying will not end. Take away your teens phones and help eliminate bullying!

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LicoriceJun. 20, 1311:11 AM

You may want your child to have a cell phone for urgent needs. Ask your cellular phone company, but you may have the ability, as I found out, to block all incoming texts on a phone.

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circleoflifeJun. 20, 1311:38 AM

There is nothing that urgent that would constitute a child needing a phone. The whole "in case of an emergency" is a load of crap and an excuse for the bad behavior of allowing children and teenagers an outlet to bully.

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