The following statement applies to what I went through, however this comes from Ohio.
"Some students say the problem is the culture of conformity in this city of about 50,000 people: If you're not an athlete or cheerleader, you're not cool. And if you're not cool, you're a prime target for the bullies."
This is not a right of passage in life, it is about teaching our children how to be good people. All those of you that bullied me, I now think would your mother be proud of you if she knew what you did? I would think most would not. Our children are not believing ending the pain by suicide is preferable to continuing to absorb the pain. There were times I would have agreed with them.