Emma Sulkowicz was allegedly raped as sophomore in college at Columbia university. She states that it started off as a consensual sexual encounter, but then she was anally raped. After eight months and hearing from two other girls that had been sexually assaulted by the same man, she went and filed a complaint with the university. The man that was accused was found “not responsible” by the school. This lead Emma to take matters into her own hands and she started the Mattress Performance which was where she would carry her fifty pound mattress with her wherever she went until the accused either left the school or was kicked out.
Throughout the trial we learn more about what actually happened, the catalyst for Peter’s actions and the perhaps not so innocent victims. Peter is eventually convicted and is sentenced to life in prison. A month after the final sentencing, Peter commits suicide by stuffing a sock down his throat. One year after the shooting we are taken back to Sterling High where a memorial had been erected and a plaque calls the building a “safe harbor” the validity of which could be called into question, because for many of the students, despite social standing, didn’t feel that Sterling really was a “safe harbor.” Many schools and situations are not “safe harbors” for students. In fact, the idea that it is possible to create an environment that will be completely rid of any dangers is ludicrous, but expecting a child to be able to manage that rocky situation on their own is even more absurd.
Which leads to dropouts, and will increase the dropout rates. “The issue came to a head in April when 11-year-old Jaheem Herrera committed suicide at his Atlanta-area home after his parents say he was tormented repeatedly in school. Officials denied it, and an independent review found bullying wasn’t a factor, a conclusion his family rejects.” (The Washington Times) This is why we need to enforce and be more strict on bullying rules. Kids are killing herself. There were two girls that had committed suicide in the same district.
So pretty soon Bree’s desperate desire for the high flying monster is all two girls can think about. On July 29th in Medina, Ohio Eric Warfel was arrested for corpse abuse after a local cable technician found Warfel’s infant daughter decomposing in her crib. On August 10th Eric Warfel, who is 34 years, pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. Now although medical examiners have not ruled on a cause of death for the infant child, they have agreed that the deceased body had been in the crib for weeks before she was found. In 2013 Warfel also had a 5-month-old daughter who “suddenly” died.
In the bully a realistic fiction novel by Paul Langan, a high school student named Darrell Mercer that had recently moved from Philadelphia to California. In Philadelphia he had a friend named Mark he had fought all of his fights because Darrell was small and skinny kid. Then his mom found a better job in California. After they settled Darrell first day at school was really bad and he meet a bully that made his day really bad that he wish that he can move back. Langan used setting, characters, and plot to develop the theme of this novel.
The struggle in Angelou’s life started when she was young. At the age of 8 Angelou was left mute for several years after a traumatic rape that also resulted in the murder of her rapist (Britannica 2). Though fastforwarding to 1940, Angelou moved to San Francisco with her mother working a variety of odd jobs until she became a professional dancer and also changing her name (Britannica 3). Work till this point of her life was all she knew and proceeded to continue this trend in order to achieve her dreams. Another look into her future Angelou now working as a professor of an American studies at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina (Britannica 6).
Each thought that they had caused their Mums death in different ways, whether it was something they said or something they did the last time they saw her. Both twins carried this self-blame with them for years afterwards. Jude always thought that her mother was watching over her from the afterlife, blaming her for her death. She felt like her mother was angry at her and seeking revenge, this was because Jude was in a fight with her when her mother died and her last words to her were "I hate you." Whereas Noah thought he was the one that caused his Mothers death, as the night before she found out about his sexuality and he found out the fact that she wanted to divorce his father.
On Friday morning, two young girls were killed at Independence High School in Arizona. The shooting took place early in the morning before classes started. The two girls, fifteen years old and sophomores, appeared to be really good friends in a relationship. Names of the girls have not been released by the police. It appears to be a murder-suicide and that one girl shot the other before taking her own life.
In 2012 (before I came to St Petes) the principal at that time, Ms. Kathy Ross committed suicide. Although I didn't come to St Petes until 2014, I could still see the devastating effect it had on my school community. People still spoke about her in the most endearing terms, and it was common to hear my peers bring her up with reverent. This tragedy had long-lasting effects that continue to this day. Then just this past year, tragedy struck our school once again.
On Feb. 5 Noemi Tonche, the mother of a 9-year-old bully victim, took to the Blythe Neighborhood Watch page to publicly share her thoughts regarding Ruth Brown Elementary School failing to protect her daughter from a group of four bullies. Sharing how her daughter has been continually bullied since last December, being called rude names and teased because of the way she speaks, Tonche said she met with the principal a number of times to address the situation, which was not handled, per her last Facebook post. Notified about her 10-year-old daughter stepping up to the bullies in order to defend her younger sister from the constant badgering, Tonche said shortly after, she began noticing a change of behavior in her daughter and decided to therefore address the situation at a district level since she felt that nothing was being done at the school. Attending last week’s school board meeting, Tonche was accompanied by her daughters to share their discontent during the hearing session. As she faced the Palo Verde Unified School District board of trustees, the 9-year-old victim stepped up the mike and shared, “I’ve been getting bullied and pushed around at lunch.