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BULLYING STILL PROVING TO BE THE MOST EFFECTIVE TOOL IN PROMOTING SUICIDE AMONGST LOSERS
May 9 2012
Mantorville, MN – Rachel Ehmke seemed a normal girl on the outside. Bright, pretty, and outgoing she seemed to have a great future ahead of her. That all ended on April 27th when Ehmke killed herself. Initially investigators were not clear why the 13-year old would be driven to suicide – she left no note – but a study of her phone messages revealed the cause.
Ehmke, it turns out, was being bullied. That story, the story of one family’s loss, is a story which has played out across the country over and over again over the last few years. Once thought to be a rite of passage, bullying has now become a serious health risk to young people all across the country, driving many to kill themselves at alarming rates.
For health experts the issue has gotten out of control, a phenomenon unlike anything that has happened before. For bullies the results are precisely what they have been looking for, weeding out the weak and the pathetic from their lives and allowing only the strong and tough to survive into adulthood.
“She tried to deal with it. We thought she was dealing with it and the school thought she was dealing with it. She locked into this stuff and couldn't let it go,” said Ehmke’s father Rick of his daughter’s ordeal leading up to her eventual suicide.
Ehmke had reportedly been the victim of a malicious text message passed around to friends claiming that she was a slut, which she apparently was not, as well as being threatened by a group of girls.
Ehmke was not, apparently, a slut nor was she gay which is frequently a root cause of recent teenage suicides.
“Clearly there is something going on here with teens today. It may be just the persistence of the bullying, as in you can’t escape it because communication is constant, but it could also be that kids today are just pampered wimps who can’t take a little ribbing like we could back in the day,” said Scrape TV Psychology analyst Dr. Sarah Welp. “I mean bullying is nothing new but all these suicides certainly are. That is the new component to all of this, the kids killing themselves. There has to be a reason for and my guess is that the bullies are just getting better at picking out the losers, the people who will cause the most problems in the future, and really nailing them.”
It’s not clear if Ehmke had any friends and, if she did, how many of them actually liked and respected her.
“It is true that young people are particularly susceptible to things like bullying because they are all emotional but if they are that unstable as kids it’s possible that they would become the same when they got older, probably passive aggressive nitwits who cuckold their spouses and are really annoying at work and so, in that light, maybe it’s better they are gone,” continued Welp. “Obviously that doesn’t make the family feel any better, knowing that their kid was a loser and would have been as adults, but it could make society as a whole better. Obviously they don’t have what it takes to make it in the real world and if you can’t put up with a few text messages, well, the adult world is much rougher than that I can tell you.”
The apparent bullies in Ehmke’s have expressed guilt, but they probably didn’t really mean it.
Lauren Hebert, Health Correspondent