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Suicide

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Why are people taking this way out? By Kristen and Taylor THREE THEORIES Sociology Émile Durkheim believes in the sociological theory of suicide
His theory suicide to diminished social integration
Believes that anything bad that happens within the social reality of people's lives is the cause of suicide
"One of the most powerful ways of shaking a person out of the fabric of modern society is to take away his or her job."
Durkheim believed in this theory very strongly Psychology He believed it was a process starting with the person possibly feeling a large amount of anger towards someone, then the anger could be turned into hatred towards themselves instead of to the people; causing an instant operation to cause destruction to him or herself, and finally, thinking about their death on a "unconscious level" (not being aware that they are doing it). (Miller, & Rose, 2000) Biology First started with Freud's ideas
He was one of the people in our time to make suggestions to the study of the human personality
His smarts sparked a number of ideas
Believed it was a process starting with the person feeling anger towards someone
Anger could be turned into hatred towards themselves
Causing thoughts of destruction on themselves
Then, thinking about their death on a unconscious level GAINING MEGAN'S CONFIDENCE
That same day, the family down the street tried to talk to the Meiers. Ron asked friends to convince them to leave before he physically harmed them.

In a letter dated Nov. 30, 2006, the family tells Ron and Tina, "We are sorry for the extreme pain you are going through and can only imagine how difficult it must be. We have every compassion for you and your family."

The Suburban Journals have decided not to name the family out of consideration for their teenage daughter.

The mother declined comment.

"I have been advised not to give out any information and I apologize for that," she says. "I would love to sit here and talk to you about it but I can't."

She was informed that without her direct comment the newspaper would rely heavily on the police report she filed with the St. Charles County Sheriff's Department regarding the destroyed foosball table.

"I will tell you that the police report is totally wrong," the mother said. "We have worked on getting that changed. I would just be very careful about what you write."

Lt. Craig McGuire, spokesman for the sheriff's department, said he is unaware of anyone contacting the department to alter the report.

"We stand behind the report as written," McGuire says. "There was no supplement to it. What is in the report is what we believe she told us."

The police report - without using the mother's name - states:

"(She) stated in the months leading up Meier's daughter's suicide, she instigated and monitored a 'my space' account which was created for the sole purpose of communicating with Meier's daughter.

"(She) said she, with the help of temporary employee named ------ constructed a profile of 'good looking' male on 'my space' in order to 'find out what Megan (Meier's daughter) was saying on-line' about her daughter. (She) explained the communication between the fake male profile and Megan was aimed at gaining Megan's confidence and finding out what Megan felt about her daughter and other people.

"(She) stated she, her daughter and (the temporary employee) all typed, read and monitored the communication between the fake male profile and Megan …..

"According to (her) 'somehow' other 'my space' users were able to access the fake male profile and Megan found out she had been duped. (She) stated she knew 'arguments' had broken out between Megan and others on 'my space.' (She) felt this incident contributed to Megan's suicide, but she did not feel 'as guilty' because at the funeral she found out 'Megan had tried to commit suicide before.'"

Tina says her daughter died thinking Josh was real and that she never before attempted suicide.

"She was the happiest she had ever been in her life," Ron says.

After years of wearing braces, Megan was scheduled to have them removed the day she died. And she was looking forward to her birthday party.

"She and her mom went shopping and bought a new dress," Ron says. "She wanted to make this grand entrance with me carrying her down the stairs. I never got to see her in that dress until the funeral." Megan Meier's Story 1.Nock, M. (2008, June). About teen suicide. Retrieved from http://kidshealth.org/parent/emotions/behavior/suicide.html

2.Teenage depression & suicide - the cause. (2005). Retrieved from http://www.thekeltyfoundation.org/depression-causes.htm

3.Teenage depression & suicide - the facts. (2005). Retrieved from http://www.thekeltyfoundation.org/depression-facts.htm

4.Retrieved from http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/ovic/topic/actionWin?limiter=&displayGroups=&query=&prodId=OVIC&userGroupName=&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=GALE%7C00000000LVZ7&scanId=&display-query=&mode=view

5.Miller, L, & Rose, P. (2000). Suicide. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, Inc.+-

6. Retrieved fromhttp://www.isafe.org/channels/sub.php?ch=op&sub_id=media_cyber_bullying

7. Retrieved from http://www.canadiansafeschools.com/students/types.htm

8. Retrieved from http://www.isafe.org/channels/sub.php?ch=op&sub_id=media_cyber_bullying

9. Retrieved from http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/what_is_cyberbullying_exactly.html

10. Retrieved from http://www.stopcyberbullying.org/why_do_kids_cyberbully_each_other.html

11. Retrieved from http://ic.galegroup.com/ic/ovic/ViewpointsDetailsPage/ViewpointsDetailsWindow?displayGroupName=Viewpoints&prodId=OVIC&action=e&windowstate=normal&catId=&documentId=GALE%7CEJ3010167273&mode=view

12. Retrieved from http://www.ncsl.org/default.aspx?tabid=16416 Cyber Bullying Five main types of bullying:
Name calling or teasing, exclusion, physical, threatening, and cyber bullying
Most common of these is cyber bullying
58% of kids admit to someone saying mean or cruel things to them online
Almost 50% of these say it has happened more than once.
53% of kids admit to saying mean or cruel things to someone else online
More than 1 in 3 have done it more than once
58% have not told their parents or an adult about these acts Two different types of cyber bullying
Direct attacks
Cyber bullying by proxy
Direct attacks are messages sent to kids directly
Proxy cyber bullying is using others to help bully the victim unknowingly
Examples of direct attacks:
Instant Messaging/Text Messaging Harassment, Stealing Passwords, Blogs, Web Sites, and/or Sending Pictures through E-mail and Cell Phones
Cyber bullying with proxy is often the most dangerous because gets people who don't know they are dealing with a child involved No exact reason why cyber bullying occurs
It may be because the bully is feeling peer pressured
Or they want to feel better about themselves
Bullies can be motivated by hate and bias, or cultural norms
Cyber bullying is the most popular form of bullying because it is accessible practically 24/7
Sitting behind a computer screen or cell phone takes no kind of courage
The bully doesn't have to deal with their victim face-to-face What is Cyber Bullying? Cyberbullying is when a child, preteen or teen is harassed or targeted by another using the Internet or other digital technology
It has to have a minor on both sides
Once adults become involved, it is cyber-harassment or cyber stalking Types of Cyber Bullying Why Cyber Bully? Suicide Megan Meier was a 13 year old girl
She battled with ADD and depression since the third grade and was overweight
She was starting in the eighth grade at a new school
Ended her friendship with a girl from down the street









On Myspace, she met a cute boy named Josh Evans
Megan and Josh became very close friends
After school Megan would rush to the computer to see if he had responded to her The last message Megan ever received from Josh said:
"Everybody knows how you are. You are a bad person and everybody hates you. Have a shitty rest of your life. The world would be a better place without you"
She had ran to her room in tears after reading all of the mean things kids were saying about her
About twenty minutes later The Meier's found Megan had hung herself in her closet
She died the next day, three weeks before her fourteenth birthday She signed on one day and had received a confusing message from Josh
Josh had shown others her messages
They began to make bulletins about her Her parents later found out that Josh Evans never existed
The creator of the account was the mother of the girl from down the street
No criminal charges were made "Children who are bullied often suffer from depression and low self-esteem well into adulthood" (July 2003. www.ncsl.org. Copyright © 2008 National Conference of State Legislatures, All Rights Reserved) Suicide runs in family genes
Many cases have shown this to be accurate
This is not the case
If someone in your family has committed suicide it doesn't mean you will
It can trigger suicidal thoughts
Children use their parents as role models
If a parent is suffering a child could pick it up Suicide is rare in children
More likely to occur in adolescent years
Second highest leading cause of death in Canada
Third in the United States
Suicide is a more common way of death than accidents and homicides
Chance of suicide for a teenager increases if the child is exposed to firearms
60% of suicides in the States are caused by a gun
Suicide in Canada has increased dramatically since 1964
Suicide and suicide attempts have gone up 300% within the last thirty years
Teen suicide rates have tripled since 1970
Nine out of ten suicides happen in the victim’s home
To every death, there are thirty to fifty attempted ones
One out of three people who commit suicide have attempted before
80% of those people have given warning signs
The difference between suicide in children and with teens is large
See graphs 2 and 3 Research Proposal Survey method
Reach a lot people
Own statistics
Get on a personal level while keeping confidential Step-by-step Procedure 1. Decide target audience
2. Arrange time for survey with teachers
3. Create survey
4. Hand out survey to 100 students from grades 9-12 at 10:30 AM
5. 50 girls and 50 boys for each grade
6. Collect surveys half hour later
7. Separate into male and female piles
8. Collect data
9. Establish statistics
10. Put findings into our project Strengths and Weaknesses Strengths:
People will be more honest
Our statistical results will be more accurate because we have more people doing the survey
With our 'yes or no' survey, we can achieve the answers we need
For our project we needed statistical results and we could only get that from a survey Weaknesses:
We can never be sure that people are being honest with their answers
Since we only surveyed 100 people, our results won't be as accurate as if we surveyed 1000
Why are people taking this way out? Bibliography SURVEY
Age:____
M/F
Date:____________________

1) Have you ever had suicidal thoughts or considered suicide?
oYes
oNo
2) Has a family member or friend of yours ever committed suicide?
oYes
oNo
3) Have you ever cyber bullied someone or been a victim of cyber bulling? (Check as many as apply)
oYes, I’ve cyber bullied someone
oYes, I’ve been cyber bullied
oNo, I have not cyber bullied someone or been cyber bullied
4) Have you or someone you know ever attempted suicide?
oYes
oNo
5) Has someone ever confided in you about committing suicide?
oYes
oNo
6) Do you believe that only crazy people commit suicide?
oYes
oNo
7) Can drug and alcohol abuse be linked to depression and suicide?
oYes
oNo
8) Do you believe depression is common thing among teenager?
oYes
oNo Girls are twice as likely to have suicidal thoughts and even attempting suicides
Males are four times more likely to actually die from suicide than females
Because males are more likely to take extreme routes of death
Boys use firearms, hang themselves or jump off buildings
Girls overdose and cut themselves
See graph 1 for statistics
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