All Jokes Aside, Bullying Is Killing Our Kids…

- By Bossip Staff Categories: For Discussion, News, R.I.P.

Massachusetts suicide bullying Carl Joseph Walker Hoover

A year ago today, 11-year-old Carl Joseph Walker-Hoover hung himself after being subjected to months of merciless bullying at school and he’s not the only one — in this last year we’ve seen an increase in young lives have been lost to suicide. But there is a battle being waged to prevent this from happening to others. Details under the hood.

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Since Carl’s death, his mother Sirdeaner Walker has testified in front of Congress to ask for President Obama to pass the Safe Schools Improvement Act-federal legislation that would make effective anti-bullying policies mandatory in nearly every school in the United States. Sirdeaner, who is also a domestic violence and cancer survivor, will not stop until federal legislation is passed and every school can be a bully-free zone.

View her plea to Congress below:

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Is legislation the best way to deal with the problem of bullying in schools? Do you think some of these kids would still be alive if only school administrators had federal guidelines to help them act on reports of bullying?

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  • Sticky-n-Sweet

    Gone are the days of “sticks and stones may break my bones” I guess… I got told that I talked like a White girl, my braided and beaded hair was made fun of, my skinny arms, you name it! And what did I do? Whupped azz and got good grades! People, teach your kids some backbone, the world is not you or your child’s friend.


    Co-sign @ Sticky-n-Sweet Well said!

  • Gimmeabreak78

    What a handsome boy! Such a tragedy his mother will never see him grow up.

  • Plagueis The Wise

    My heart goes out to his family, but what ever happened to fighting the bully and getting it over with? You simply cannot legislate something like this. Parents and teachers are not always going to be around to save the child from the bully. You cannot make kids be nice to each other. Children are cruel and you have to stand up for yourself.

  • Wacka Flocka LAME!!!

    This is how schools are. School children are just cruel at times, they don’t know when to f_ck off.

    I remember when I was a kid other students use to tease me for my lack of name brand clothes, being to tall, being to thin, smiling a lot you name it. They teased me for every quality I had.

    I ignored them because you have to be more defiant than that. You can’t let little stupid kids get to you.

    I bet he was getting bullied by black girls. Black girls use to stay treating me like shyt growing up. I still got love for the sista’s though but they really use to go in. They bullied people more then male students.

  • resurrected

    Why are all of these children hanging themselves because they are getting this message and problem solving ideas from other people and children… This is the perfect example of how we all mimic each other none shoot themselves or stabbed themselve all hung themselves… So this is teaching many children that when you are being bullied and can’t take it anymore to hang themselves not seek counseling or talk to your parents just go and kill yourself because you will feel better…. This is a mess and parents need to be more aware of how there children are feeling from day to day.

  • I'm Just Me...Keeping It Real Since: 1983. 11 Days. Bossip is like a bad accident...I cannot look away!!!

    I am so sorry, this happened to you, little one. RIP and prayers with your family. Hopefully we all learn from these tragedies.

  • resurrected


    Why people trip over stangers gets me, bullying only effects you when you are very young which I can understand but when you have no confident in or on other things as well… Even if someone bullies me does that mean that I am going to go and kill myself no but I understand it is very different for children who often have no escape…

  • resurrected

    He looks very shy…

  • Somali Ninga

    What do you expect? Kids are more cruel, mean, evil, and disrespectful to their peers, teachers, parents, neighbour and other adults than they were decades ago and its not going to stop! This Bully-Free legislation won’t do $hit for schools! Lets be real!

  • resurrected

    Somali Ninga

    Hey ladies just another reason why you should home school for a while… Why send my children to a place where they won’t be protected maybe private school is with the money…

  • thablackyoutube

    SMH!! It is time for teachers to realize that their jobs include much more than teaching reading, writing and arithmetic.

  • MisterGee

    @ Sticky-n-Sweet:

    I’ll co-sign your message too. Tell the truth and shame the devil!

  • Marquis de Sade

    😆 Whadda’ puzzy! I guess the meek won’t inherent the earth afterall.

  • KC7710

    the solution is easy ….give free reign to whoop those young fools a%$es…..this country has gone too soft….bullies have been around forever…but this effect on kids is coming off something bigger….someone bullies my niece, nephews or cousins….all needs to be done is me and my friend go and beat the bully out of them

  • Rrrrroe Ski Love- A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

    @KC7710> When I was 12 a friends cousin came into town to visit him for the summer. He was 16 going on 17. He decided that since he was bigger and older than the rest of us, he would be a bully. He did a few mean things to the other kids and soon came my way. I fought him and lost. I then told the real bully of the neighborhood about what happened. He took me around to the visiting bully and had me continually punch him in his face and jaw until I got tired. What was strange about this was that never once did he hit me back, because he was scarred of the bully. I began to feel bad for him and told the real bully that I was tired of hitting him, and that he had learned his lesson. I then knew what it felt like to bully someone as well as get bullied on.( I didn’t like either side) So if anyone bullies my kids, there will be a bigger bully heading your way to show you what it feels like. I title this lessons of life while growing up in the hood. Sometimes words just don’t work, they need to be shown by might.

  • Marquis de Sade


    Well, first off, no kid of mine would be so weak and sensitive to fall prey to what most kids have gone through as a right of p.a.s.s.a.g.e. for the p.a.s.t. few decades: SCHOOL YARD BULLYING!

    Yes it is/was tragic, but make no mistake, what happened to this kid and others of his ilk is/was (in all probability) the failings of his parent(s) to prepare their kids for certain harsh realities that comes with growin’ up! – Now if that upsets you, TUFF T.Y.T.T.I.😆

  • Stacey

    The reason why bullying is so much worse now than it was when I was a kid is because of grown a$$ people like some of you posting who insult anybody and everybody. Follow an ignorant kid home, and an ignorant parent will answer the door.

  • Dannygirl

    Going to keep this family in my prays…2 sad for words😦

  • DreTruth

    I blame everyone for this type of matter. Have any of yall ever been bullied. It does make you think about merking yourself but whuz up with the head of the house hold no matter if it’s single parent or both. This type of stuff make me ask more than the average questions. Satan is doing his job are you doing yours?

  • DreTruth

    and for those that have more faith in the government then the Lord – you will reap the benefits when you call on the Lord you better pray he hears you. I don’t mean no harm but she seems like a weak mother.

  • Peewee

    These kids need God in their life…no way in H*** I woulda killed myself at that age I would’ve been too scared to go to Hell…& what was his parent teaching him???

  • real black is chocolate

    nikkaz stop killing each other we brothers and sisters we need love and respect us….white
    ppl our enemies nikkaz….yur all stupid mathaf’ckaz!

    black ppl wake up mathaf’cka

    f’ck WHITE/JEW BET it’s bullsh’t only f’cking up young nikkaz!

    f’ck Obama aka white power in “black” face

  • Curious1

    VERY SAD….and what in the hayle could somebody be teasing him about…He looks “normal”, was in sports…all that…

    What could some Bully dare tease him about??? I wonder if his Dad was involved in his life…and if that would have even helped…

  • Choco

    I hope she is successful and I will be honest all this negative news today is making me want a drink smh

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