Brenda High discusses the issue of bullying and its impact on children and families in an interview on the news show Educational Gateway, heard on The Journey Begins, radio for the engaged parent and dedicated educator.
Brenda has now become a passionate crusader, a mom on a mission to stop school bullying and peer abuse. It is not uncommon to see Brenda doing email or on the phone talking about bullying as well as advising parents, students, teachers, state and federal lawmakers, media and community members about the emotional and physical dangers of bullying, which can lead to bullycide, (a suicide attributed to bullying).
Producers from The Oprah Show, FOX News, Good Morning America, CNN, The John Walsh Show, The Larry Elders Show, Video Production Companies, Inside Edition, Jenny Jones Show, Black Entertainment Television, NHK Japan Broadcasting Corporation and News Documentaries, to name a few, have constulted and/or interviewed Brenda concerning bullying, depression, suicide, bullycide and how to heal from life changing traumas.
Jared High was 12 years old when older students bullied him in his middle school. The bullying came to a head when a well known bully assaulted Jared inside his middle school gym. Because of the bullying and the assault, Jared began to show signs of depression, which included lack of sleep and emotional outbursts.
On the morning of September 29, 1998, just six days after his 13th birthday, Jared called his father at work to say good-bye. While on the phone with him, Jared shot himself, dying instantly.
As a healing project, Brenda began to write Jared's story, which is now published as www.jaredstory.com
. Since 1999, JaredStory.com has attracted over two million visitors looking for information on bullying, depression, suicide and needing healing from the loss of a loved one.