Reactions to Anna’s Story on Social Media
“Anna’s Story,” the start of a multi-part series about teen suicide, appeared in Sunday’s Sun. The story was shared more than 1,100 times on Facebook, and generated more than 200 comments. Here is a selection of comments, edited for style and space.
Katie Huntington: Anna was my cousin. We just celebrated her 16th birthday and I hugged her and didn’t even realize how much pain she was in or how alone she felt. Please share Anna’s story in hopes to show just how we impact others lives every single day just by the words we speak to them and to hopefully reach the young ones to let them know they are not alone, they are loved and they do matter in this world!!
Sandra Nazarian Hersh: I, too, was bullied in junior high. I remember the names of those boys and girl that were persistent in their name calling. I’d walk home from the Daley (Middle School) in tears. It would break my mother’s heart. I got through it, but think often of those nasty kids, now 72, 73 years old. I could never wish them well, never.
Letty Parigian: Where were the school counselors at this crisis? This is their job. How about the principal’s role? Where were the so-called wonderful School Committee that calls each child their duty to protect?
Tayla Leigh Kinney: Anna and her family are one of the most loving, caring, and beautiful families, who my family and I hold near and dear to our hearts. I hope you’re resting in the sweetest peace, beautiful girl. You are very missed. I am so sorry you’ve felt any of that pain.
Sharon E. Bassett: This is just heartbreaking; a beautiful life cut short because people don’t know how to be civil to each other any more. So very sad. So painful for the family left behind. The world will never know what could have been. ...
Brandi Martin Jong: Parents, while you’re talking to your child about how much you love them & checking in on their self-esteem, take a minute to add “And I better not ever hear that you’re bullying someone else! Being cruel to others for their physical appearance or because you feel like you’re better than they are is never OK.” We all like to think our children are perfect little angels but teaching empathy has to start at home. May this poor sweet girl’s soul finally be at peace.
Mary Margaret Barrett: This was painful to read and I think I will always remember this story. God bless you forever, Anna. I’m heartbroken for the family. Thank you for so bravely sharing your tragedy. I know it will make a difference to others.
Deb Bordeleau: The kids that bullied her should be charged.
Susan Adams: They should have an assembly at that school and read the letter out loud so that all of the students, especially the bullies, hear about the impact that what they are doing has.
Susan Flynn: At the start of school each year there should be an assembly where social workers and mental health people should speak to the dangers of bullying! The offender’s parents should be brought in and their child should be held accountable. Some kids have no filters and simply do not care how they hurt others. We’re headed in a downward spiral, this has to stop! Parents need to start teaching their kids right from wrong!
Kimberlee Ann Gagnon: So tragic. Honestly Lowell Public Schools are horrible when It comes to bullying and allowing it to happen and victim shaming. I hope this family sues the School Department to bring awareness and change. May you rest In peace, beautiful angel, and may your family eventually find comfort in knowing you are no longer suffering.
Carolyn Lucherini Walsh: So sad! My heart breaks for your family and this sweet girl! The world is full of cruel people ... the parents of the children who are raising these bullies should be ashamed of themselves and be held accountable/responsible for their actions. I’m pretty sure they know they are raising jerks! Thank you for sharing.
Stephanie King: This is horrible. I know exactly what this family is going through. On May 11, 2018, I lost my 16-year-old niece to suicide. She just turned 16 the month before and she was also a student at Lowell High. Prayers for this family.