links for 2009-04-11

  • An 11-year-old Massachusetts boy, Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover, hung himself Monday after enduring bullying at school, including daily taunts of being gay, despite his mother’s weekly pleas to the school to address the problem. This is at least the fourth suicide of a middle-school aged child linked to bullying this year.
  • In the "you have to be fucking kidding me" department — "The show's working title is "Someone's Gotta Go." Employees are called to a meeting and informed there will be layoffs, but with a reality show twist: The staff will be allowed to determine who is fired." Wanna take bets on how long it will be before someone shows up with a gun and takes out everyone?
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One comment on “links for 2009-04-11
  1. Cordelia says:

    Both of these are horrific. Have we learned nothing ? All this stuff about bullying and tolerance supposedly being done in the schools, but the apparent reality exposed by these two items seems to be that we are a nation that tolerates and encourages public ridicule, and that it is deserved. My heart goes out to the parents of that little boy.

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