Warning – Bullying is a health hazard

Schoolgirl Poppy Bracey found hanged amid claims she was bullied for being pretty | Mail Online

First of all my condolences to Poppy’s parents because they are the ones who have lost something very precious as a result of what seems to be the bullying of a very beautiful girl.

The Mail online reports that Poppy’s left the following messages online after Poppy could not take any more of the bullying and hanged herself:

Friends at 1,000-pupil Lowton High School, in Leigh, posted a series of messages on internet sites claiming Poppy was being picked on.

One, at the specialist sports college where former pupils include Ting Tings singer Katie White, said: ‘This poor girl was apparently being bullied at Lowton High School and has sadly ended her own life by hanging herself.’

Another said: ‘Why would someone want to bully her?? Apart from jealousy.’

Hannah Manley wrote ‘It’s so sad to see what caused your death a bunch of pathetic low lifes who had bullied you to make themselves feel better. You are soo pretty and I pray you’re so much happier up in heaven Poppy.

Kayleigh Midgley said: ‘You were stunning what a shame. Hope the b******s feel so guilty.’

Sue Higson said: ‘Poppy you are an angel, hope you are resting in peace, and smiling down to your family and friends, who are missing you everyday.

‘God only takes the best young, you are in Heaven, and this must be hell for your family without you, Someday you will all be together.’ 

Poppy was in foster care and living in Leigh, at the time of her death.

Nick Hudson, council executive director for Children and Young People’s Services, said: ‘Poppy’s untimely and tragic death has shocked and saddened many people.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1256869/Schoolgirl-Poppy-Bracey-hanged-amid-claims-bullied-pretty.html#ixzz0hxKMXQMH

Those of us who went through bullying at school know that it is so hard to remove all of the scars. Being bullied for being pretty is really just the tip of the iceberg. It can happen to those of us who are highly intelligent. I should add here that it is not just the “classmates” who indulge in the bullying. Teachers, even form teachers can also be participants in that form of bullying.

I know what it is like because I used to cry a lot as a result of the constant bullying and it was at home, not just at school where I was being constantly bullied by other family members. However, it is the teacher who was my form mistress when I was Poppy’s age that caused a lot of psychological damage with her particular form of bullying. I am not ashamed to admit that I hated that woman. I do not need to go into detail about what she did to me, but instead I will write about another situation, that was the culmination of jealous actions. It is true that I was very bright, and in primary school I was at the top of my class. I was never very happy at school, and in fact I was a very sensitive person. This in itself led to bullying by both boys and girls at the primary school. Well, as it turned out I got ahead of two girls who had been in my class when I started school – one of them was kept down a year, and I had been put up a year. The incident happened in my second year of high school. I was never very good at sewing and it transpired that the girls in my class wanted to make fun of my sewing attempts and they grabbed my stuff and ran off with it. I chased after them, and as I did so, a girl, the one who had been kept down a year was on the stairs as I went to head down them, she put out her foot and tripped me up. As a result of that incident I ended up with a sprained ankle…. in fact I ended up with a long history of sprains to my ankle… and now I have arthritis in my feet. That year and in short succession I sprained that same ankle 3 times. As a result the ligaments of my ankle remained weak and in those days we did not get physiotherapy for sprains. It caused a lifetime of damage, and it is because of the actions of a school bully that I suffered those sprains.

Of course bullying happens in other environments as well. It happens in the workplace, and it is often used as a means to force people to resign. This is precisely what happened when I worked in the Australian Public Service. The difference is that the bullying was more subtle, but it was targeted. I was a witness to the bullying that took place. In one case a man was being ostracized by his superiors because they wanted him to resign. I was told it was because he was too rigid in his ways. I was not allowed to talk to him, and got into trouble for talking to this man. Truly such actions are disgraceful and I believe that the woman behind the campaign should have been disciplined and removed from the Public Service because of what she was doing to staff members. In another case the victim of the bullying was a woman who was deaf. The whole episode was really sick, but the bullies were due to get a promotion. Instead of being punished for their actions… they were promoted!!  I should point out that other members of staff who were targeted by this manager did say things behind her back. I do not blame them for what they implied.

Young Poppy is not alone when it comes to bullying. I just wish someone had been able to talk to her about what was happening and in recent months there has been a spate of these suicides brought on because of the actions of bullies. Poppy was indeed a very beautiful girl. What a shame that this beautiful child was in foster care because it must have made her feel even more alone than if she had the comfort and security of being able to talk to her parents about what the bullies were doing to her.

It is time to take a stand against those who act cruelly towards others because of jealousy. Let’s see an end to all forms of bullying, and especially school bullies. It is time that teachers got off their butts and took positive action against the real bullies – instead of against the victims.

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It is Euthanasia and it echoes the Schindler-Schiavo case

Eluana Englao, a vivacious young woman has allegedly been in a PVS since a care crash in 1992. She receives nourishment through a feeding tube (in other words she is breathing on her own). Her father claims that Eluano was opposed to being kept alive artificially, but in reality what does that mean? The provision of food and water through a feeding tube can hardly be called keeping a person artificially alive. On the other hand, I would argue that being hooked to a machine to help the person breathe, or keep the heart pumping is a different matter and would fall under the “keeping someone artificially alive” rule.

I have not seen a lot about this case. I do not know if this woman had the same level or ability as Teri (even though the MCS of Teri was denied). Therefore, I cannot comment upon certain aspects of this case.

What the court did in this case is also wrong because unless this is a written request no one can say for certain that she would not want to be fed. Regardless, where I object to the proposals is the claim that once the tubes are withdrawn Miss Englaro would not feel a thing. That is an outright lie and it is one that needs to be consistently challenged until people understand the precise pain of someone who is healthy being forced to die in such a fashion. Forcing someone to become dehydrated is totally inhuman and expecting the person to last up to two weeks in that conditions is extremely cruel.

Well, the Italian government has stepped in again in an effort to stop the murder by cruelty of this young woman. This action will cause problems in Italy because the President is opposed to the action but the Parliament will continue to move to prevent the murder taking place.

If we have learned anything from the shabby way that Teri Schindler was treated by her adulderous, murderous husband it is the fact that death by dehydration and starvation is anything but pretty. It is a disgusting way to die and it should be opposed.

If this woman had been hooked to breathing apparatus and the removal meant a quick death because she could not breathe on her own then that would be a very different story.

Splish Splash I’m taking a bath

You have to admit this is a very cute picture of a baby koala. The poor thing had been suffering from the heat. His mother had become disoriented and the baby was “abandoned”. The owner of the property gave him some water, and once he realized the source of the water he decided to hop into the tub.

Here are some other pictures of the same koala:

Sadly, Mariana Bridi da Costa has passed away

20 year old Mariana Bridi da Costa was a model with a promising future, until she got an infection. Mariana was misdiagnosed with kidney stones, and she fell very ill on December 30, 2008. An attempt was made to save her life by amputating her hands and feet after she developed septicaemia. Sadly, Mariana had further complications, and her health continued to deteriorate.

The strange thing about this story is that late last year a friend of mine was holidaying in Greece when she was struck with a sudden illness, and she died from speicaemia. My friend was over 60, and Mariana was just 20.

This story has a little bit of “duh” information – or I told you so

According to this report the number of abortions performed on teenage girls who have had at least one termination of pregnancy has risen by something like 70% “fuelling fears that terminations are being carried out for lifestyle reasons”

In 2007 5,897 teenage girls had their 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th termination, which is an increase from the 2,934 girls who had repeat terminations in 1991.

As far as I am concerned, it is 5,887 abortions too many, and this itself is due to the belief that terminations themselves are harmless.

What would be a better statistic right now is how many of these same young women who have been so foolish as to find themselves pregnant in the first place (discounting rape victims) have in fact being able to have a live birth or have children years after they had an abortion.

There are other issues at stake here. Issues such as the increased consumption of alcohol by teenage girls. I think that this is a separate and a side issue with regard to unexpected pregnancy because the girls have behave in an uninhibitative manner. In other words there is more than one issue that needs to be tackled.

There is a good example within the article of a young woman by the name of Lucy Lanelly. She has had 4 abortions under the age of 19. What is really bad about this report though, is that her mother and grandmother arranged for the terminations to take place. Another really bad thing is the age when she first became pregnant. A girl of 12 is too young to be engaged in intimate relations. Lucy blames the lack of sex education. I would say that sex education has in fact been playing a role – but not the reason given (in other words, the type of education given seems to be leading to widespread experimentation). Other possible reasons for this result could be the lack of moral direction in Lucy’s life.

The increase in 2nd and third time abortions is most likely due to several factors and among them are:

  • “the inevitable fruit of a society that makes an idol of sexual pleasure” (Norman Wells)
  • “abortion has become more acceptable, easer to access for all age groups, better funded by the NHS” (Ann Fruedi)

Obviously the funding of abortion clinics has an impact on society, since people allow the breakdown of moral practices. One thing leads to another, and abortion clinics only serve to condone sexual immorality at higher and higher rates such that young girls are no longer innocent.

The test increases miscarriage risks but it helps cheating women

Abortion fears over cheating women who use paternity tests to identify their baby’s father | Mail Online

In some ways I think that the development of this test is totally scandalous. It has been introduced as yet another reason for abortion. Since abortion has been liberalized it seems that women are no longer capable of thinking about the consequences of their actions prior to going ahead and cheating on their spouses or lovers.

In my view abortion on demand has always been a slippery slope, and from this same angle I see the pill in the same light. These are things that see women degrade themselves by indulging in illicit activity. They seem unable to bear the consequences of their own bad behaviour so they make the decision to abort the innocent life that has been created.

What is really wrong about the whole situation is the introduction of these paternity tests because they also increase the risk of miscarriage – especially when taking amniotic fluid.

Money to be wasted on the push for abortion

Family Planning Associations such as Planned Parenthood are nothing more than abortion mills. Using taxpayers’ money to fund these abortion mills is going against the moral principles of a Christian nation.

The family planning organizations claim that they are trying to help women and children in the poorer nations but that is absolute garbage. Abortion funding and the pushing of abortion in those countries is not going to resolve the underlying problems that exist. It is the wrong answer for the crisis.

In those poorer countries girls are forced into marriage at a very young age. Most are no more than 12 years old when they are forced into marriage. They are too young to be having babies. They should be receiving an education. However, in those same poor countries girls are denied the right to an education.

Take Bolivia for example, the girls as young as 14 are forced to find work as maids, and yes some are forced into marriage. There is no such thing as real consent in these situations. The poverty cycle continues so long as girls are being denied the right to an education. However, do the liberals who scream for abortion on demand also scream about the rights of these children? No. There is a deafening silence on these very issues.

In the African nations, and in particular Sierra Leone, which is extremely poverty stricken the women are left without any proper medical care. Is it just about economics though? No. Sierra Leone, like a lot of other African nations is dominated by Islam. There is your answer – about how women are treated.

The aid workers should be expelled from these countries if they are going to advocate abortion as a panacea. They are just peddling more death and there will be a surge in maternal deaths, not a drop if these people are allowed to continue with this form of advocacy.