To be quite honest with you, I’m in a bit of a funk. Over the last couple of days, it seems as though one sad report after another is coming out in the news. One that struck me especially hard is the death by suicide of 13-year-old Rosalie Avila.
Immediately after hearing the first 20 seconds of the reporting on the news station, I burst into tears. How can children be so cruel to each other? Could this have been stopped? How do her parents move on from this? What could these kids have said or done to cause someone to take their life?
Kid/teen bullying is one of the main reasons that I want to switch career paths and become a teacher. I won’t go into it too much, but my little sister, who is the absolute light of my life, used to be bullied a lot throughout elementary and middle school. I believe that educators play a huge role in every child’s life, and have the power to stop negative behaviors like this from developing and getting out of hand.
Last night, after hearing about Rosalie, I hugged my sister tight and cried uncontrollably for 10 minutes, so happy that it never got that bad for her, as it unfortunately has for so many other children.
The holiday season can be tough for a variety of people for a variety of reasons. Parents, hug your kids tight and let them know how much you love them. Kids, talk to your parents, teachers, and peers if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed. It may be hard to hear now, but you’re so young and have your whole life ahead of you. Things will get better!
To the parents of Rosalie Avila, I know you’ll probably never see this, but my prayers and best wishes are with you during this tough time.
Rest in Paradise, sweet girl.