The case of this teenager is a tragedy. He was the sort of guy who would not hurt a fly. I wish I had been there to have stood up for him, and protect him.
I have been bullied not only at school, but also in my early years at work. I was bullied not only verbally, but physically too, by older men who were married and had children. The reason? They suspected that I was gay.
So rather than commit suicide, in 1972, I attended a gym, and this helped transform my physique, in addition to natural adolescent/young adult physical development, which had helped stem the bullying.
Throughout my life, I have come to at least two conclusions about bullying.
1. Although this does not look nice in a thread like this one, being a victim of bullying actually made me man enough not only to face the realities of the cruel world we live and interact with, but has toughened me enough to fulfill one of my dreams - to travel around the world on my own, something which NONE of my friends have done. They always traveled with a company or with other friends and even with his parents, but again they were hardly bullied at school since they were in a class of equally bright children, who all graduated at a university a little later in life.
2. Bullying is a sign that the perpetrator is insecure with himself on at least one area in his life. This could include harbouring a tightly closeted homosexual fetish. Other things could include wishing he had done better at school or wish he could be doing something else.
I am referring to the mid-Sixties to early Seventies, when the workplace had employees who fought in the War, and others who completed military service (ie Conscription, like my old school PE teacher, himself a bit of a bully). They saw me as a wimp, and unable to defend my country.
That is the reason why I'm not a patriot or nationalist.
Having said all that, the parents of this poor, unfortunate student are right to sue the school, and I hope they win the case.