I must apologize for any hurt my words might cause anybody connected to this story but they are not prompted primarily by this sad piece of news but by so many other incidents too numerous to mention.
There are waaaaaay too many kids from western homes killing themselves. I notice that this article is careful not to call this particular situation a suicide since the inquest is yet to be concluded but I have strong doubts one of the parents or some other person crept into the house and hanged her. My thoughts.
I think that these kids are being so terribly molly coddled at home, that they have no inkling that the world is actually a harsh place and you are not the apple of anyone else’s eyes when you leave the house. Children are growing up with such an incredible sense of entitlement that when the urge to instill some discipline eventually kicks in, parents have no clue how to go about it, because suddenly little Suzie is NOT three anymore and those antics are no longer quite so cute.
I do NOT advocate harshness but I do think tough love goes a long way in preparing kids for the inevitability that is life. People WILL HATE you for absolutely no reason. Some of your friends WILL stab you in the back. Some family members WILL turn their back on you when you need them the most. You WILL be broke. People WILL take advantage of you if you let em. Your heart WILL get broken, many times over.
Parents need to find a way to equip their children to be able to cope with this. Scold them when they do wrong and start doing that when they are still children so they get used to it. Set BOUNDARIES and CONSEQUENCES when rules are broken and start early. STOP picking up after them waaaay into their teens. Good grief what is that?!
Please observe that kids from more challenging backgrounds might act out, but they certainly do NOT kill themselves at the same rate children from these other backgrounds do.
My heart goes out to the parents of this little girl. I do not have all the answers, I know.
- Katie Webb found hanged in her bedroom on April 24, this year
- Her father told inquest he had a row with her two days earlier
- Her mother also said she had ‘argued’ with Katie on the day of her death
- Geraint William, Senior Coroner for Worcestershire, records open verdict
By JAMES RUSH
A 12-year-old girl was found hanged in her bedroom after she had argued with her mother about being untidy, an inquest has heard.
Katie Webb was found unconscious in her bedroom on April 24, this year.
Her devastated father Daniel, 34, told an inquest he had a row with Katie two days before she died but put her mood ‘down to hormones’.
Her mother Anne, 32, also told the hearing she had ‘argued’ with Katie on the day of her death about her messy bedroom at the family home in Evesham, Worcestershire.
Speaking at the hearing at Stourport Coroner’s Court on Monday, Mr Webb said: ‘It was mine and Katie’s very first spat. I put it down to hormones.’
Two days later he heard a loud scream from his wife Anne who had discovered their daughter hanged in her bedroom.
Mr Webb rushed to the room where he tried to give his daughter CPR before paramedics arrived.
He told the inquest: ‘I went straight to where the screaming was coming from to see Anne holding Katie and screaming “help me, help me, help me”.
‘Then this really nice man pulled me out of the way and said “You’ve done enough, let someone who knows what they’re doing try”. I just broke down.’
Katie was airlifted to Birmingham Children’s Hospital but could not be saved.
This was downgraded to a Child in Need Plan in May 2012 after the family made good progress and was even removed entirely in September that year.
But the plan was reactivated in March this year after social workers found a diary Katie has been asked to complete which contained an entry saying: ‘If I don’t do my chores I will get a whack.’
Her parents denied it was true and Katie later told a social services worker it had never happened.
The inquest heard Worcestershire County Council’s social services division closed their case on Katie on April 23 – just one day before she died.
Geraint William, the Senior Coroner for Worcestershire, concluded there was no evidence Katie had been bullied either at school or online.
He recorded an open verdict saying he didn’t feel he had enough evidence to confidently record a verdict of suicide or accidental death.
Addressing Katie’s parents, Mr Williams said: ‘There’s absolutely nothing I can say that makes this look better.
‘This will never, ever go away for you but it will get easier to live with and frankly that’s all you can hope for.’
Culled from dailymail.co.uk