Do you see the beautiful, inquisitive little guy in this picture? He’s the one on the right sitting with his legs crossed looking at his sister. This was taken last year in our Bering Sea village, after his sister won this Robot at our customer appreciation day, and they were so excited they came to our house after the day was done to show us what all it could do. He was so excited and happily shared this joy with his siblings. He had a slight lisp but a smile that could light up the world. And I don’t think he could have been any more tender hearted. So take a good look at this beautiful angel because that’s what he is now. But, let me tell you why….last night…he took a rope and hung himself and swept his nine year old life off this earth because he’d been tortured by bullies for the past few months. My heart is broken. A nine year old should not even know what suicide means much less feel so trapped to actually carry it out. His mother tried to stop it, even going so far as to contacting the state authorities. But did it stop? No. And now James felt he was left with only one option. He didn’t deserve this. So, I ask that you keep little James in your heart, look at his picture and remember, and maybe the next time you see a kid being picked on, you’ll feel compelled to intervene. James Ishnook, I hope your sweet little soul is at peace.
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