Welcome to this weeks Prose for Thought. I am so pleased with the linkers that this poetry showcase is getting every week. Our little band of poets is increasing week on week and inspiring people all the time. It’s starting to get over 20 people on a regular basis now. I feel bad that I don’t always catch up until the following week so please accept my apologies!
This week I hand Prose for Thought over to a blogging friend of mine. Maddie Sinclair, who writes as Gammon and Chips, shared a room with me at the hotel for the MAD Blog Awards back in September. At the time she wasn’t certain she would be coming as a good friend of hers had just lost her daughter as a result of suicide due to bullying. I felt that as this was anti-bullying week in the UK, I believed that the poignancy of what I am about to share with is paramount. Maddie explains the life, and poetry, of Izzy Dix. But first, let me share with you the poem Izzy wrote a mere matter of months before her death.
I must say a huge thank you to the wonderful Vicky for letting me highlight an extremely powerful and poignant poem here on Prose for Thought for Anti-Bullying Week 2013. This is a poem written by a dear family friend of mine – a 14 year old schoolgirl from Devon called Izzy Dix – and it shows the terrible harm that bullying can cause.
Back in July, Izzy went to a local music festival after being invited by a group of girls from school. She arrived really excited, but was instantly publicly rejected by the same girls who invited her. She fled the festival in tears, wrote a poem about her experiences on her iPhone on the way home to her mum, Gabbi, who then spent several hours consoling and supporting her.
Izzy showed the poem she had written to her mum, who had encouraged her to write down her feelings as a way of dealing with the bullying she’d been suffering at school, in the community and online over the previous 18 months. With Gabbi’s consent, Izzy decided to hand the poem in to her favourite English teacher at school. He was very concerned for Izzy and wrote her another poignant poem in return in an attempt to boost her spirits.
Before school broke up for the summer holidays, a teacher highlighting the issue of bullying read out Izzy’s poem during an awards presentation. A gifted student, Izzy won her year’s ‘English Star Pupil of the Year’ award and received a Distinction Plus in her BTEC Science.
Seven weeks later, Izzy was dead.
On Tuesday 17th September 2013, Izzy took her own life.
‘I Give Up’ was read out by Izzy’s English teacher at her funeral. It was heart wrenching.
Gabbi has released the poem to the media to bring attention to the issue of bullying. She knows it will be uncomfortable for people to read, but it is important to show using first hand evidence the damage that bullying can cause. This was what was going on in Izzy’s life before she took her own life. And in her own words, this was how she was feeling.
Please support our Love For Izzy Dix anti-bullying campaign by:
- Signing our petition (link to: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/shut-down-cyberbullying-website-ask-fm-in-memory-of-izzy-dix-12-other-teens-globally)
- Liking us on Facebook (link to: https://www.facebook.com/IzzyDixAntiBullyingMemorialPage)
- Following us on Twitter (link to: https://twitter.com/IzzyDixMemorial)
Izzy always wanted to change the world. Let’s make it happen.
Maddie Sinclair blogs about life with her two children at Gammon & Chips. (link to: http://gammonandchips.com) In her spare time she runs the Love For Izzy Dix anti-bullying campaign and is lobbying the government for real change to the way bullying is dealt with in society.
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