When people feel such an overwhelming amount of stress or pressure, for whatever reason, they will sometimes crack, and take their own lives. I now know four people who have successfully achieved that, one at 16, worried about his GCSE’s results in 1991 in my year of school, one in her 20’s who hung herself a few years ago in a communal area of the building I live in, who had suffered with depression for some time, one who took an insulin overdoese in 1997 after losing his job, his girlfriend, and I’m sure other contributory factors, and a fourth this year by an overdose, due to depression caused by years of bullying, for simply being herself.
Sticks and stones can break bones, but name calling can have some pretty dire consequences too. Think, before you open your mouth.
R.I.P. to my friends who are no longer here.