Thursday, November 11, 2010

Experts Fear Copycat Suicides After Bullying Cases

"The experts call it contagion when a suicide or rash of suicides inspires others to follow in an attempt at martyrdom or solidarity in death. Most people would call them copycat suicides. Whatever the name, it appears to have been at play in at least one suicide since Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi's highly publicized jump off the George Washington Bridge. And experts fear that other recent suicides might fit the mold or that more are ahead," reports Geoff Mulvihill. "That creates a conundrum for advocates who want to stop teenage bullying and their related suicides, as well as for the media outlets that cover them: how to spread the word without romanticizing the problem or unwittingly encouraging vulnerable teenagers to choose death." Read More