Myfox8 reports that a young girl, Jetta Fosberg, donated all 14 inches of her hair to “Wigs for Kids” and, as a result, is now being bullied at her school.
Jetta came up with the idea and donated it to a good cause; after getting it cut, she decided that she wanted otto a little bit shorter. That’s when children at her school started mocking her, telling her she was ugly and that she must want to be a boy, according to her mother, Heidi.
When Fosberg brought it to the attention of the principal, Heidi said “[the principal said he] didn’t know of any child that had ever died of words, and that we needed to toughen up and deal with it.”
The statistics on bullying and suicide are alarming:
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it.
Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University
A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying
10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above
According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
He singlehandedly dismissed all incidents of suicide due to bullying, and is discouraging other children from following the same path — that is, cutting their hair and giving it to a good cause like “Wigs for Kids.” Bravo, principal. Way to be an amazingly useful human being: you’ve earned my Jackass of the Week Gold Star.
The principal told Heidi Fosberg that he would deal with it “how he saw appropriate.” In the meanwhile, the family has set up a Facebook page, and has received an outpouring of support for her daughter.
You can watch the Myfox8 report below:
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