Jamie was a great child, full of energy and happiness. At an early age, Jamie wanted to try being a figure skater. Being the supportive parents Wendy and Allan are, they enrolled him in a local program. Jamie excelled.
Over the years, some youth at Jamie’s school would learn about Jamie being a figure skater, and not a hockey player. This is when the bullying began. Bullying for Jamie began with the cruel names but also included physical abuse.
Jamie was a victim at this point in his life and victims rarely speak up. It is painful, they feel weak or vulnerable and also feel that speaking up will only make it worse. Jamie rarely spoke about what was taking place.
During grade 7, while taking the school bus, Jamie’s tormentors were relentless. Jamie was harassed and insulted over and over. Jamie kept it in while trying to remain positive.
After several weeks, someone spoke up on Jamie’s behalf and notified his parents of what was taking place on the bus. Wendy and Allan acted quickly. Jamie was removed from the school and no longer took a bus.
It was around this time that Wendy and Allan observed a noticeable change in their son. He wasn’t as happy and appeared more reserved. Jamie agreed to see a mental health specialist where it was clear that Jamie was struggling.
While at school, Jamie did not share his personal struggles, rather appeared to be just as strong as always. No one knew that he was experiencing some serious issues.
Going into high school, Jamie was excelling at figure skating. In fact, he was winning many awards for his abilities. With depression however, he stopped doing what he loved so much. He was slowly closing himself off. It was around this time that Jamie attempted to take his own life.
When Jamie entered high school, he hoped that the bullying would end. Believing that this would be an adult learning environment, he thought it would be better. Sadly, it was not. A few males and females were relentless with Jamie. Of course, with Jamie being a victim, he rarely shared. He certainly didn’t fight back or put anyone down. He kept it in.