11-year-old boy with muscular dystrophy commits suicide
Bullying is a horrifying problem that is now affecting children at extremely young ages. Mitchell Wilson, age 11, was found dead last month by his father, in his bedroom with a plastic bag tied around his head.
Muscular dystrophy left Mitchell Wilson struggling to do simple things like walking around his middle school. He had to use a walker and doctors had encouraged him to exercise regularly to stave off the disease’s effects, but even this was growing increasingly difficult for Mitchell.
There was a big shift in Mitchell’s demeanor after he was mugged last November by a twelve-year-old boy from his school. “He was never the same,” said his father Craig Wilson to the Toronto Star.
Although the attacker was removed from the school, the bullying did not stop towards Mitchell.
“Subsequent to the beating that he took, he just lost that spark you see in a kid’s eye. He had huge anxiety attacks about going outside and going for his walks and going to school by himself,” Craig Wilson told CTV’s Canada AM.
“At the cottage in July, he said, ‘If I have to go back to that school, I’ll kill myself,’” the boy’s grandmother, Pam Wilson, told the National Post.
It can be hard to look at that picture of Mitchell and not see a bright young boy, excitable and so lovable. Unfortunatnly it is too late for this young one, and all we can do is spread the word and look towards the future.
“I can’t do anything for my child anymore,” his father said to the Toronto Sun. “So let’s hopefully save some other people’s children so they don’t have to go through this mess.”
Read the article by The Huffington Post Canada here.
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