you know your children? What is happening in their world?"
Which is why it is so important that the name Abigayle Kempton not be forgotten; not reduced to a necessary acronym. "Abigayle would have been turning 20 in July," her grandfather told me. " She probably would have completed college studying animation. I'd like to think she would have pursued her writing, maybe even writing poetry. Some of her short stories she left behind showed she had talent. I'm sure she would still have her sense of humour and her hearty laugh. She would be proud of her legacy."
It's been almost five years since I wrote in this space of the death of 14 year old Abigayle Kempton of Baltimore Abi to all who knew her. She took her own life in August 2008 a victim of what started out as 'old fashioned' oral bullying, of being ostracized, escalating to text messages left on her cellphone and from there to Facebook for the world to see. Like all teenagers, she had dreams. I wrote that 'She was a talented artist, wanted to be an animator, loved writing; was Under Armour Curry 1 Low White just a month away from entering Cobourg District Collegiate West . was working on her plans for university.'
August 9, 2008. A time when the expression 'cyber bullying' hadn't been coined. A time when the world of instant communication was in full flight, quickly absorbed Under Armour Micro G Blue
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I quoted her mother, Fiona Kempton; "She left a note in the form of a free verse poem. It was from that note we realized she had been bullied. A question that must concern all parents is: How well do Under Armour Curry 2 The Professional
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and embraced by teenagers probably faster than their technically slower, and perhaps naive, parents who couldn't imagine, or perhaps understand, the tech savvy minds of children who might escalate schoolyard bullying into a high tech weapon. Which happened, more than Abi could finally stand. She became one of the first Canadian teenagers to take her own life as a way of stopping the pain. Anti Bullying Initiative. Five years on, 13 scholarships have been been awarded. "Eleven for $1,000 each and two for $500," says Kempton. "Scholarships are awarded only to students who are going on to post secondary education. "This association is an excellent platform to provide greater exposure for our awareness campaign," Kempton adds. We were in uncharted territory but have been rewarded by letters and words of encouragement."
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