Gaspe girl commits suicide following years of bullying
A teenaged girl in Eastern Quebec has become the latest victim of schoolyard bullying.
15-year-old Marjorie Raymond committed suicide on Monday after enduring years of abuse at her school in the Gaspe Peninsula.
Her mother, Chantal Larose, told CTV Montreal that she only recently found out that Marjorie had been dealing with taunts and bullying since her first day at Gabrielle Le Courtois high school.
Larose said Marjorie was very good at hiding her feelings, but had recently talked to her about the abuse and that she hated school.
Larose said she had promised to pull her daughter out of school at the age of 16 and to send her to a technical adult institution. Marjorie killed herself on Monday.
In a note, Marjorie blamed her suicide on "the jealous people in this world who only want to destroy happiness."
She also apologized to her brother, sister and her parents, telling her mother, "You are the best mother in the world. I'll now be your guardian angel in a better place."
School was contacted
Larose said when she learned of the bullying, she told the school's administrators, who suspended certain students for brief periods.
The head of the school board, the Commission scolaire des Chics-Chocs, says details about this specific case were never brought to his attention.
Psychologists have now been sent to Gabrielle Le Courtois school in order to help students deal with the loss.
Larose says it is too little, too late, since the help comes much too late for her daughter.
Even after her death, the mocking of Marjorie has not stopped.
Two people who go by the names Angel Mythe Reck and Gentil Dauphin Triste have created a Facebook page mocking Marjorie's suicide, posting a photo of a blood-spattered young woman and pledging to post more photos of Marjorie's death.
The pair claim they are not students at the school.
This week saw widespread public recognition of how devastating bullying can be.
On Monday Maxime Collard, 13, received an award after he organized a rally of several hundred people in Sorel-Tracy to denounce bullying.
On Wednesday Ontario premier Dalton McGuinty announced legislation that will permit school to permanently expel bullies.
In Quebec City Premier Jean Charest and Opposition leader Pauline Marois both condemned bullying, while offering their condolences to Marjorie's family.
"These issues are often difficult issues and we'll look at whatever we can do that could be more effective," said Charest.
Marois said anti-bullying programs should be re-evaluated in the wake of Marjorie's death.
"There are programs from the Ministry of Education, but they didn't change the things, so it is why we have to reflect... on this situation and to change our ways," said Marois.