Prose for Thought – A Guest Post in Recognition of Anti-Bullying Week

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.

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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 LFID_RGB_straplinecalled 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:

  1. 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)
  2. Liking us on Facebook (link to: https://www.facebook.com/IzzyDixAntiBullyingMemorialPage)
  3. 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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  2. November 28, 2013 / 4:43 pm

    So so sad, Coming late to the poem and the thread. Afraid, I can only think in cliches. This is such a tragic loss of a young and obviously talented girl.
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  3. November 23, 2013 / 9:06 pm

    What a shocking, terrible tradegy. Will sign the petition right now xx

  4. November 22, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    Izzy’s poem is so beautiful, moving, evocative, heartfelt. I can’t really write more right now as it’s made me break down to think of the loss of this beautiful and talented teenager. I will of course sign the petition.
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  5. nortonmum
    November 22, 2013 / 1:29 pm

    Heartbreaking, god bless Izzy. x
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  6. November 21, 2013 / 6:50 pm

    I can only think from reading that poem that despite what was going on in the present, Izzy would have had a bright beautiful future. Such talent. Such a tragic loss. So so sad. So sad too that so many of us identify with it; love & hugs to us all xox
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  7. November 21, 2013 / 4:37 pm

    Absolutely heart breaking, made me cry. What an unnecessary waste of a young life. I’ve linked up with a very frivolous poem; in my defence I added it before I read this x
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    • nortonmum
      November 22, 2013 / 1:31 pm

      Distresed Housewife Me too. x
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  8. Maddy @writingbubble
    November 21, 2013 / 4:07 pm

    This is so terribly sad. Izzy was clearly talented and beautiful, I can’t believe that people can be so cruel. I’ve signed the petition; I think it’s so important. My heart goes out to the family.
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  9. Mrs Teepot
    November 21, 2013 / 3:41 pm

    Such a heartbreaking read and an awful loss. Especially moving to me as it could so easily have been me; I was bullied at school and turned to poetry, self harm and thought a lot about suicide. Fortunately I ran away from school and this began a fight with the school to deal with the bullying, they failed to deal with it properly and my parents moved me to a much better school where I didn’t have to deal with it thankfully.
    I appreciate that I am very lucky to have been in a position to get away from it and send so much love to anyone being bullied, or dealing with the loss of someone because of bullying.
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  10. November 21, 2013 / 2:56 pm

    So sad, what a talented young girl she was and beautiful too. Kids are so cruel, I’m going to use the poem later to talk to my children to try and help ensure they do not become part to this. Mich x
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  11. November 21, 2013 / 2:24 pm

    When people are bullied, they assume it is because of their acne, or because they are larger etc…. They think “it I was pretty this wouldn’t be happening” BUT quite often being pretty (like this lovely girl) leads to bullying too, for no other reason than jealousy and it sounds like she had too much of an open heart to give them what for. They used her loving heart as her Achilles heel. Heartbreaking.
    What a beautiful soul was lost as a result.
    As usual, your poem acted as a prompt for mine.
    Thank you for sharing x
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  12. November 21, 2013 / 2:17 pm

    Gosh that’s a terrible story. I find it so hard to imagine how even children can’t see the damage they are doing. There were girls in my classes at school that I didn’t like, for whatever reason, but I just avoided them. Why would anyone go to the trouble of maliciously drawing someone in just to hurt them? No decent person would do that, so either all those girls were horrible people, or someone hasn’t done a very good job of teaching them right from wrong. Either way, it has to stop!
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  13. November 21, 2013 / 2:05 pm

    My heart goes out to that dear girls family. What a tragedy to have lost such a beautiful, bright spark through heartless, thoughtless bullying. I read her poem with great pain and do hope her message will spread and make the change she so sought in her life time. x
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  14. November 21, 2013 / 1:37 pm

    I heard Maddie speak at Blogfest and she was an inspiration. When will people learn that it’s not just actions, but words sometimes speak louder and hurt more. I’m so glad that Izzy’s life will not have been in vain, and let’s hope that it saves many lives by spreading the love.
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  15. November 21, 2013 / 11:41 am

    This was such a sad story. Its a lovely poem and well done for showcasing it. I find it hard to believe how cruel some kids can be to each other. Sometimes it feels like you just have to survive growing up. As parents, we owe it to our kids to let them know they won’t always be treated that way and to give them the courage to be themselves. Not an easy task.
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  16. November 21, 2013 / 10:59 am

    Such a heartbreaking poem and tragic loss of young life…I find it hard to say the right thing so off to sign the petition now.
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  17. Maddie Sinclair
    November 21, 2013 / 10:49 am

    Whoops – think it took me a while to post my previous comment – should have refreshed the page – so thanks to everyone who has left supportive comments – not just Emma and Stephanie!
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  18. Maddie Sinclair
    November 21, 2013 / 10:14 am

    Vic, I can’t thank you enough for letting me Guest Blog on Prose for Thought. And thank you so much to anyone who signs our petition and supports our campaign as a result of it. Emma and Stephanie above – thanks so much for your kind comments. Together, we can stop bullying. Don’t bully. Love instead. #LoveForIzzyDix
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  19. Michelle Twin Mum
    November 21, 2013 / 9:55 am

    Back later to read properly x

  20. Sarah Miles
    November 21, 2013 / 9:45 am

    Such a terrible tragedy. I have signed the petition and hope Maddie gets lots of publicity about it. She spoke brilliantly at Blogfest.
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  21. November 21, 2013 / 9:08 am

    What a heartbreaking story and it shows how much of an effect cruel words can have. It is great that something positive is coming from it and will hopefully save others
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  22. Stephanie
    November 21, 2013 / 8:17 am

    This is heartbreaking to read. That poor girl, that poor family. Young people need to be taught emotional literacy, especially compassion.

    She was so beautiful and clearly clever and talented. What a terrible loss.
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  23. Emma from over at LIFE AS IT IS
    November 21, 2013 / 7:38 am

    Don’t bully love instead. I hope that something positive can come from something so negative. Am off to sign that petition.
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