“The word you’ve entered isn’t in the dictionary.” Bullycide sounds like such a strange word found in the Urban Dictionary, not Merriam-Webster. It’s not homicide, the act of killing another person. Neither is it suicide, the act of killing self for personal reasons. Relatively new and becoming an increasingly popular buzzword, the term labels a type of suicide resulting from being a victim of relentless bullying. Run a quick Internet search, glance through a newspaper or magazine, or catch a soundbite on TV or radio, and you will find this buzzword almost everywhere. One doesn’t need to be in junior or senior high school to commit bullycide. Victims of bullying aren’t always gay, lesbian, transgender or some other unique sexuality orientation or gender identity. Individuals with characteristics different from a community’s majority are at risk for becoming targets. Middle-school classmates, . . . Continue reading
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