Daniel Mendez committed suicide in 2009 after relentless bullying at school and online. His parents have taken to the schools to talk to kids about this horrible epidemic…
October 1, 2011
Bullied boy’s parents warn of devastating effects
By Erika I. Ritchie, The Orange County Register
RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA – Daniel Mendez was a Boy Scout, had plenty of friends, earned a black belt in Tae Kwon Do, played football and was consistently an honor student.
But that didn’t stop bullies from going after him, calling him names such as half-breed, gay and mercilessly ridiculing him at Bernice Ayer Middle School in San Clemente.
When he reported the bullying to school officials, his life became “a living hell,’ friends would later tell his parents, Anna and Danny Mendez. He hid the ongoing abuse by saying he would “handle it.” But he couldn’t. On May 1, 2009, Daniel, a 16-year-old sophomore at San Clemente High, shot himself in the street in front of a friend’s home. Read more ›
October is National Bullying Awareness Month, also being called National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month and National Anti-Bullying Month. Every post this month, with the exception of the Wacky Internet Predator Wednesday series, will be about cyberbullying. Cyberbullying incidents, new laws proposed and passed, local prevention programs and more. It’s also a chance for us to remind parents that tools like PC Pandora compute monitoring software can help end cyberbullying by now. Cyberbullying thrives on online anonymity and succeeds through home secrecy. Be a parent. Understand that you have a better chance of having a bully than having a victim. Help END CYBERBULLYING NOW by making sure you do not have a bully in the house!