Suicide  Bullying  depression

APRIL MICHELLE HIMES
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Born April 27 1986 / Died February 14, 2000
by Suicide / Depression


April's light will always shine.

April was born in Poteau OK and was a student in the 8th Grade at Carmichael Middle School in Richland Washington.  April enjoyed painting, singing, choir, gardening and spending time with her family and friends. 

April had a wonderful sense of humor and was a fun loving, but sensitive girl who enjoyed laughter and playing with her pet bird, Curious George...

On the morning of February 14th, (Valentine's Day), April Himes was told by her Middle School;  Go to school (where she had been teased, harassed and taunted by classmates) or appear before a truancy board and maybe go to "juvie" jail.

April made another choice.

An hour after the phone call with Carmichael Middle School, April hung herself in her bedroom, leaving a devastated and grief stricken family behind.

Grief was not all that April's community was left with, but questions about how such a kind gentle girl could feel so hopeless in her pain, and how could April be so forgotten by her school.  Prior to her suicide, April had missed 53 days of school and attempted suicide once before, using pills.  April's parents had found her counseling but without the harassment ending at her school there was no resolving her basic problem, "bully peers".  School officials had been told what was going on with April and why she was missing so much school but they were of no help.

April was no different than many other teenagers her age but she was very tender hearted. Despite being of normal weight, April was teased as if she were "fat" and having minor acne was another "flaw" harassers verbally used to hurt her.  Physical pushing by bullies only made it worse.  Physical abuse can hurt but adding emotional abuse can cause depression.  Depression is what killed April!

April enjoyed a good joke and had a wonderful sense of humor. She was very active and enjoyed painting, skiing and roller-skating.  Animals were April's specialty and she had talked about becoming an animal groomer.  She had a special love for her pet bird, George, and George loved her too, waiting for her to come home when she was gone from her house.  Soon after April died, George also died... of a broken heart.

April's mother would lovingly advise others who are going through harassment at school to be sure and let their parent(s), teachers, counselors, and School Principal know about the harassment.


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