Note: Dacia was asked to find two people who were being bullied at school so that she could share them at the Washington State House Education Committee.  Story #2 was shared to the committee on January 28th 2002 in Olympia.  According to Dacia, it was easy to find these stories.


Dacia's "Homework" Assignment

Story # 1: (a friend)

When I was in elementary school, I was teased a lot.  Different people called me names like fatso, ugly, and would talk about me when they thought I wasn't listening.  I couldn't begin to tell you what they would do when the teachers were not around. One thing I will not forget is how they would push me and throw things at my head.

At night I would go into my room and shut the door.  I would stay up crying and wishing I were dead.  I have tried to kill myself many times.  Now I am in high school and nothing has changed.  I still want to die but I go to counseling to get help.  I wish something can be done to stop this.

Story # 2: (a girl found crying in the High School hall)

Every morning I wake up and ask why am I still here.  I hate it (bullying).  I wish I could be dead, the way some people talk to me and act towards me.  Its continuous, it never stops.  Every day I get up and go to school knowing what will happen and it hurts to think about it.  I can tell my dad or mom what happens at school but every time I do they say you need to learn how to get a long with others.  They don't know what it is like for me.

I have not tried suicide but I think that if these kids do not stop I will.  Instead of suicide I cut myself.  My mom and dad try to help me.  I am taking pills and going to teen centers.  They do not help.  I would like to be set on fire and burn, than have to go back to a place where kids pick on me.   I get hit in the halls and everyone will turn and laugh.  One time I had a crush on a popular kid and his girlfriend would write notes saying they were from him.  They were cruel notes.   It hurts to know no one likes me.

 

Dacia contemplates her testimony inside the State House Committee Room

HEAR JARED'S VOICE - PLAY - From an interview with Pasco School District investigators concerning the assault.  This is a recording of a recording and it isn't real clear, but worth the download effort.  Jared had a real mellow voice.     Note: If you have a slow load wav, wait for it to load entirely and then play again from the start.   5 minutes long.

A Congressman speaks out about bullying, and in support of an anti bullying law in Arizona       "The school ground bully has been around for too long.  His entire success at bullying is predicated upon arrogant disregard to simple decency, and a willingness to brutalize an innocent victim simply because the bully is bigger and stronger and others are afraid to intervene.  It is insidious and calls for society and government to intervene decisively.  This bullying bill is a start.  As you deliberate this bill please reflect on the fact that Government's primary purpose for existence is for the protection of its innocent citizens.   ...Then remember your bully as a child."        Congressman Trent Franks (R) Arizona

 

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