8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Much has been said and written about the college co-ed who killed herself some days back. As usual the blame game is in play. While suicide is a complex issue and we, no one, can simply put a finger as to the cause or the trigger of this unfortunate and sad event, what is even more sad for me is for some people to call for the resignation of others.
In this case, a group of teachers, staff, and students have asked for the head of the chancellor. His resignation will not bring back the life of the student nor prevent anyone in similar circumstances in contemplating suicide.
But I ask them, where were you when she was "crying for help"? Surely you would have known her plight, her struggles, otherwise you were either too busy with your own stuff or never gave her a second thought.
It is easy to blame someone else, when you who were on the ground should have noticed her condition. You who were her teachers should have known. You who were her classmates should have known. Those who were serving the academic community where this young lady was should have known.
If you say you did know, what did you do to ease her burden? You sent her to the administration. And forgot about her.
Surely a little dole-out, or fundraising could have helped her. You contribute a lot more to a lot less noble advocacies, and you cannot even pitch in a little to help her pay her dues?
You donate to environmental and animal causes, and then let one of your own die like that. You turn off your lights for an hour every time Earth Day comes around (as if that does any real good) and yet you cannot turn off your own selfish pursuits for a few minutes to help a girl in need?
(That last part was a stretch, you say?)