A Rockwall teen recently tried to commit
suicide and was bullied after her failed attempt. Two other girls in the
district killed themselves last spring.
The district held a meeting Tuesday designed
to teach parents how to recognize the warning signs.
In May, Bre Escobedo, 14, committed
suicide just weeks after Rockwall freshman Hanna Clark, 15, did the same. Both
girls were popular, athletic and good students. Bre's mom Christina Harrison
believes teachers and counselors can do more to intervene.
Harrison said Bre turned those attacks a
few years ago into support of other students suffering from the same behavior. She
hopes parents encourage conversation rather than brutality by their kids in
person or online.
Kristi Stevens and her son were bullied and
she thinks it's the bullies, not the victims that need immediate attention. "I
would like to see some counseling for the bully because it starts at home, that
child has issues as well," said Stevens.
Tuesday's Take A Stand meeting aimed at fighting the bullying battle. Rockwall
parents learned bullying is most prevalent in middle school and 40% of kids
think teachers have no clue bullying is happening at their school.
Next month's parent meeting topic is teen
Christina Harrison said she never
discussed teen suicide or mutilation with her four kids and wishes she had. She
would like counselors and teachers to address that in class as well.