Thursday, August 14, 2008

When Bullying Becomes Murder

I work as a secretary at a Christian School. Today we received the most terrible news. One of our pupils left our school last year to attend a special needs school as he had learning difficulties. Yesterday he was found dead on the train tracks. Why? Because he was bullied into doing something he didn't want to do. This was a shy, quiet, good boy. He was placed in a school with very little discipline, and many problem children. He told his mother recently that the bigger boys at school were trying to force him to "train surf". They were bullying him, and threatening him. Train surfing is a popular passtime of delinquent teenage boys in this country. It involves climbing on the roof of the train and standing there whilst the train is in motion. It is extremely dangerous, and many children have been killed as a result, including this boy.

One of the saddest things about this is that the bullies will never be brought to justice. The police will deem this to just be a horrible accident, and the children at the school will never tell anyone who was responsible because of fear. Another senseless death in South Africa - the death of a little boy who just wanted an education. A mother has lost her son because she couldn't afford a better school. When I contemplate the fear that little boy must have felt before he was killed I feel a rage inside me against every bully out there. You killed Solly Dikgale - and one day you will have to face his Father in heavan.

1 comment:

Mama's Losin' It said...

That last sentence gave me goosebumps.

I'm so sorry for his mom. I just can't even imagine what she must be going through right now and I don't want to. She'll be in my prayers tonight.

Thanks for sharing!!