Ellen spoke to two brave parents who lost their son two years ago. They're part of a documentary called "Bully" that addresses the issues of school bullying and the tragic toll it can take. Ellen talked to them about how it cost them their son, Tyler, and how we can stop this from happening again.

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Heather
360 days ago

I am so sorry my heart goes out to his family, this is so sad i can't believe how people can hurt other people. Ellen thank you for you video on bullying.

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Jane Perry
504 days ago

Dear Ellen
You're amazing and I must thank you from my heart and for the hearts of all the children and teens who have suffered and still suffer in silence today and even years after as a result of being bullied at their schools(both elementary and high). You've exposed the epidemic that it is and too many families will continue to suffer because of school authorities not enforcing proper discipline and reporting such incidents to their school boards(US and Canadian law). All incidents of bullying are to be reported to the school boards by the principal with a follow up letter to all families involved. If the police are involved then the Children's Aid Society and the College of Teachers are also to receive a report. Sadly, many families are not made aware of their child's and their rights and this is the responsibility of the school principal to inform them. This tragic journey for Tyler and his family has touched my very soul and I pray for them. This has rehashed all the pain and suffering that our own family has experienced. Our son Taylor suffered all through his elementary school years with the usual bullying and all the clever ways it rears its ugly nature. The bullying eventually targeted our home in Ancaster, Ontario with two separate incidents in the middle of the night; twice the house was egged and one time stones were thrown at all our front windows(two of which were our son's and daughters bedrooms). Through all of this our son Taylor never once said that he didn't want to go to school. He was so brave and such a hero to face each day with so much faith. He was hopeful that maybe it would stop. That maybe someone would be his friend for more then one recess. That maybe the principal, who was the boss would explain to the students involved that this was causing so much pain and suffering and that appropriate consequences would be served and followed through with. That maybe his personal belongings wouldn't be stolen or destroyed or that he wouldn't be beaten or urinated on in the washroom while someone guarded the door. Some of the bullies ended up attending the same high school as Taylor and continued to attack him. I wept like a small child as I watched my son Taylor graduate from high school with honors and recognized in front of his bullies for his tremendous commitment to the schools rowing team. My son is 19 now and he is an elite athlete rowing for the Province of New Brunswick. He hopes to win at Canada Games in Aug 2013 and qualify for the Canadian National Rowing Team. His dream to compete in the 2016 Olympics is just around the corner for him. With his now enormous stature and incredible drive and physical strength he still cannot go to the local theater, mall or coffee shop for fear of facing his bullies as adults. Its so important to realize that this will affect your child for the rest of their lives. That there could be daily struggles and or triggers which will be monsters for them even as adults. David,Tina,Troy and Karen Long are so brave to bring their story to us and to share their tragic journey to the world. Their love and support for their son and brother Tyler is clearly seen through their commitment to help others in this position. I'm happy to learn that through the do***entary they were able to heal and forgive themselves for this happening to them.
Sincerely with faith and hope,
Jane Perry, proud Mommy of a True Hero

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Diane
653 days ago

It's hard for me to find words when I hear such a story. But, I send to Tyler's family all my love and hope.

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