Written By: Jeremy Baumhower
This is the beautiful face of Kayla. Late last week, she chose to end her time here amongst us. It is very apparent that she was a victim of bullying.
This is the third time in the last 4 months where I have addressed a form of bullying in the Anthony Wayne School district. Something terrible is being accepted in this small town located in NW Ohio… that acceptance of behavior left with Kayla.
Kayla’s death is proof that words can kill. I encourage the prosecutor’s office to seriously consider charging all those who publicly bullied this young lady with Involuntary manslaughter. I understand it is a hard case to win, but sometimes it’s the right case to prosecute and lose. Let a Grand Jury decide if there is enough to charge the bullies and let their families feel the public scrutiny from this behavior.
Those who picked on this poor soul will have to live with the consequences of their actions for a lifetime, just a drunk driver who claimed a life.
The time is now to stand-up for the bullied, for the Kaylas.
For Kayla’s family and those who loved her: I have no words to share with you that would give the illusion that I have any understanding of the pain you are going through. They don’t exist. I am incredibly sorry for your loss and unnecessary pain. As a father of four, Kayla’s choice weighs heavy on my soul and heart.
Please go to the Stop Bullying’s Facebook Page that was set up in Kayla’s honor for updates.
UPDATE: Baumhower: Kayla’s Tragic Life Lesson
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