|Mourners release balloons in memory of Ashlynn Conner, 10, at Crown Hill Cemetery in Ridge Farm near Champaign today.|
Keri Wiginton/Chicago Tribune
What ever happened to sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me?
A 10-year-old girl so desperate to escape the taunts of schoolmates commits suicide. It is beyond sad. And it is a delusional and self-righteous society that accepts it and doesn't get outraged by such a thing.
Talk to your children about bullying. Think about what you say in front of them. Watch what they are watching on television.
Mean girls aren't cool. And there is an organization that aims to combat girl bullying called just that. Equally there is a US government initiative called Stop Bullying as well. Let's get informed and start asking questions.
Many condolences to Ashlynn's family.
We should never have to read another story like this again.
-Ashley E. Remer
Girl Museum Inc.