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When Jon Gettle died of suicide on April 16, 2002, he left a note at the scene, which was his middle school that "Bullying is a problem...depression is a problem". After his death, his mom, Cathy Gettle decided to speak out about what bullying and teasing can do to a person. She has written and given her speech to schools, churches, scout groups, parent/teacher organizations and whoever else will listen to her. This website is dedicated in Jon's memory in hopes of helping others.
This website was created in order to make people aware that bullying and teasing can be a factor that makes a child depressed and in turn complete suicide, otherwise known as "bullycide". This website contains Cathy's speech and the different places that she has been able to speak out about the problem. It also contains a small list of articles written by newspaper journalists about her speech and her mission to bring out of the darkness the stigma about depression and suicide.
If you are interested in hearing Cathy speak to your group, please feel free to use the "Contact Us" page to send her a message.
Welcome to Bullying, Teasing, & Teen Suicide