November 2, 2013

Izzy Dix - a teenager bullied to death in England

Izzy Dix, age 14, died on September 17, 2013, at her home in Brixham, Devon.

She had hung herself.

Her mother, Gabbi, states emphatically that Izzy was bullied to death by her schoolmates.

Izzy was born in the U.K. She and her mother moved to Australia in 2003 and Izzy grew up in Darwin. She thrived at school and was a popular pupil. Academic strength is seen as a good thing by other pupils there.

Two years ago, they moved back to England to be closer to family and settled in Brixham. The bullying started very soon, first over her Australian accent, then her ‘swottiness’, which in England means studiousness, which apparently is not a desirable trait in that country.

Prior to her suicide, Izzy had written a poem entitled "I Give Up", in which she indicated that the constant bullying had beaten her down. She wrote: "Another piece of me chiselled away by their cruel remarks and perceptions. I give up."

The day before her death, she had left a Spanish class in tears when her fellow students were being snotty and nasty with her, which seemed to be the norm rather than the exception. They called her "ugly" and "freak", among other things. She was often excluded from events. The bullies would tell her to go home; she wasn't wanted.

After school hours, Izzy was abused on Facebook and, another social media website where people can rip you apart anonymously.

Gabbi states that many of the teens who bullied Izzy attended her funeral, lit candles and cried.  And indeed, they should have.

Izzy was an intelligent and sensitive young girl who had ambitions to attend university. She is described as clever, thoughtful and kind.

Her mother, stated that Izzy was her everything. She was raising Izzy alone as a single parent. She is so devastated by the death of her daughter that she has not returned to the family home in Devon. She is staying at her own mother's home.

Gabbi states that she had contacted Izzy's school, Brixham College, at least 15 times in the months before Izzy died. She constantly complained about the bullying.

She states that the school officials were irritated over her complaints and inquiries. It
Angels of God, pray for Izzy
was sort of a "not her again" situation.

Universally, schools never admit culpability in bullying cases. Their stance is basically that "We're here to educate your kids, not to monitor their social life." Schools and School Boards are afraid of being sued for negligence in bullying cases, especially in the United States.

Parents in Britain - where are your nasty brats and what are they doing to each other? Do you care?

Izzy is survived by many loving friends and relatives including her mother, Gabbi.

Pray for all who are tormented to death.  Amen. 

Pray that Izzy is in heaven. Pray that she is at peace and is with God. Amen.

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