Kanata South councillor Allan Hubley and his son, 15-year-old Jamie Hubley. Jamie took his life last week after years of bullying by students. (Family Photo Courtesy of Ottawa Citizen)
CBC’s “Battle of the Blades” dedicated their Sunday, October 23rd show to the memory of James (Jamie) Hubley.
Jamie was a 15 year old high school student from the Ottawa (Ontario, Canada) area. Last week, he committed suicide after relentless bullying at school and online. According to his family, he loved the sport of figure skating and was a member of the Glen Cairn Figure Skating Club. His dad said, “In Grade 7, he was treated very cruelly simply because he liked figure skating over hockey.”
The figure skating reality show had their participants videotape messages in tribute to Jamie. They spoke from their hearts in hopes that they can bring awareness to the cruelty of bullying so that no family loses a child in this senseless way again.
Jamie’s story touched my heart. I’ve been a fan of figure skating since I was his age, even though I never learned how to skate. I wouldn’t dare tell friends that I loved the sport. Back in Brooklyn, skating was a luxury. No one could afford ice skates, never the less, all the practice time and competitions.
It’s tough being a teen nowadays, with kids knowing much more now than I ever knew back then. Bullying has become worse with the advent of social media. We’re seeing more and more incidents of bullying via Facebook, Twitter or other social media websites.
There’s no excuse to bullying, except to do to make each other feel better by seeing other people suffer. If you stoop to that level and bully people, you are no better than anyone…you are a coward. Be better than that. Keep an open mind and realize there are differences in people.
If you’re being bullied, know that you’re not alone. Ask for help and tell your teacher or parents what’s going on. Don’t let anyone intimidate you, and most important, don’t give up on your dreams.
At the family’s request, donation are being made to the Youth Services Bureau of Ottawa’s Mental Health Walk-in Clinic in memory of Jamie.
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