All posts tagged suicide


Published October 15, 2012 by Tony



Bullying takes another heavy toll, another victim, AmandaTodd, a fifteen-Canadian girl who leaves us with another shocking video on youtube. The girl committed suicide on Oct. 10 because victim of cyber-bullying through the social networking website Facebook.
I read that about the 36,951 suicides recorded in the U.S. in 2009 by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 265 involved children ages 5-14, while suicide remains the third-leading cause of death among U.S. teens and young adults. I do not know how many people have committed suicide worldwide so far,  because of bullying or because our society had put them in the dock, but they are a lot considering that the simple internet search “teens committing suicide by bullying” I’m doing just now, returns me dozens of cases.
Too many!
I have not continued the research because it was useless and saddened me further, it takes only the names reported in this short list to tell us that something is wrong, that our mentality has to change, starting from the institutions, through the school and by a large worldwide campaign against bullying and any type of discrimination. A bad taste in my mouth seeing that many of these teenagers are dead because were gay or only considered as such. None of us can even begin to imagine the pain that they went through. My heart goes out to all of these peoples families. We need to put a stop to this, our generation is being stolen right out from under our feet because we’re so judgmental, rude, and just plain insensitive. I care about every single life lost in this struggle of survival in this cruel world. The age of the subjects shown in this list condemns us all equally and let us understand that it is young people, our children to pay the price. Each of us is responsible for this because even in our small way, what little we can do, we can contribute and must help things to change.

In loving memory of….

Adam Grigg, 14 years, West Yorkshire, UK
Aimee Wellock,  16 years, Bradford, UK
Alex Teka, 12 years old, New Zealand
April Himes, 13 years, Washington, UK
Asher Brown, 13 years, Texas
Austin Murphy; 16 years,
Belinda Allen, 14 years, West Sussex
Ben Vodden , 11 years, UK
Billy (William) Lucas, 156, Indiana
Brian Frankish, 14 years,
Brice Edwards, 15 years old, Philadelphia
Celina Okwuone, 11 years,Florida
Chelsey Shores, 17 years, Illinois
Ciara Pugsley, 15 years, Ireland
Darren Steele, 15 years, Staffordshire, UK
Desire Dryer; 17 years, Ohio
eric_mohat Eric Mohat, 17 years, Ohio
Hope Witsell, 13, Tampa
Jack Glasby, 13 years, NY
Jared High, 12 year, Vancouver
Jaheen Herrera, 11 years, Virgin Islands
Jamie Hubley, 15 year, Ottawa
Jamie Sell, 17 years, Cardiff
jessie-logan-sexting-suicide-girl Jesse Logan, 18, Ohio
Jevan Richardson, 10 years, London
Jon Carmichael, 13, Texas
Jon Gettle, 14 years, Illinois
Joseph Daniel Scruggs, 12, Connecticut
Justin Aaberg, 15 years, Minnesota
Karl Peart, 16 years, Northumberland
Kerby Guerra Kerby Guerra, 13 years, Colorado
Kristina Calco, 15 years, Idaho
Luke Walmsley, 14 years, Lincolnshire, UK
Myles Neuts, 10 years, Ontario
Nicola Raphael, 15 years, Scotland
Phoebe Prince, 15 years, Massachusetts
Raymond Chase, 19 years, Wales
Ryan Halligan, 13 years, Vermont
Ty Smalley Field, 11 years, Oklahoma
Shaun Noonan; 14 years, Cheshire
Tempest Smith; 12 years, Michigan
Sian Yates; 13 years, Leicester
Stephen Ayres, 13 years,
Seth Walsh, 13 years, California
Tyler Clementi, 18 years, New Jersey
Zach Harrington, 19 years, Oklahoma


Published May 20, 2012 by Tony


by Domenico Modugno

After the lyrics of yesterday, I could not avoid to put this other song by Modugno, another poem that speaks of the same subject, and that could be a response to the insane act of the man with the tail. Therefore, a hymn to life and as always I’ve tried to translate literally it, whereas possible. The video, however, refers to a recent version arranged by the Italian group Negramaro, a rock band from Puglia that has a lot of success here in Italy. I hope you like it.


It’s true
believe me it happened
at night on a bridge
watching the dark water
with the damn desire
to  take a dip down.
someone behind me
maybe an angel
dressed as a passerby
took me away telling me so:
but as you do not realize
how much the world is
your pain even
will seem then
But look around you
what gifts they did you:
they have invented
the sea
You say, I have nothing
Nothing seems (to you) the sun
the fondness of a woman
who loves only you
The light of a morning
A friend’s hug
A child’s face

The night was over
and I still felt (it)
(the) Taste of life


Published May 19, 2012 by Tony

A Domenico Modugno Song

This is another song by the famous Italian singer Domenico Modugno, the writer of “Volare” (To fly). Entitled “OLD FRAC” is an old song but it’s always a pleasure to listen it, a song arranged later by other singers, but I’m proposing you the original version by the attached video. It is a melancholy poem whose words bring us back to old times, but through a timeless theme that unfortunately is still relevant: the suicide. The lyric masterfully composed, through a few words gives us the frames of some scenes while leaves much to the imagination. We can picture that man dressed in tailcoat, elegant and distinguished who is walking alone down the street late at night, was at a party or just been dumped by his woman. Sure he’s drunk, welcoming each object in its path by a simple bon nuit …. before reaching the bridge over the river. Whether for love or for bankruptcy, the next scene is clear: the top hat and tails floating in the water announce us his death, the death of a stranger who probably went away with the same discretion and elegance with whom he had lived.

In these cases, engaging in the translation of a lyric is always difficult, losing metric and rhymes. Therefore, consider it a simple literal translation and hear the song that is very beautiful.


Midnight is reached
noises are turned off
turned off even the last coffee’s sign
the streets are deserted
deserted and silent
that last carriage squeaking goes away
The river flows slowly
rustling under the bridge
the moon shines in the sky
sleeps through the city
only a man is going in a frac (tails)

He has a cylinder as hat
two diamonds for cuff-links
a stick of crystal
the gardenia as flagship
and on the candid waistcoats
a papillon, a blue silk papion

approaching slowly
with elegant gait
looking dreamy
melancholy and absent
don’t know from where comes
nor where he is going
Who ever is he
that man in frac

Buon nui, buon nui, buon nui, buon nui
good night
he is saying at anything
at the lanterns lit
at a rutting  cat
that stray goes away

And now it’s dawn
turn off the lights
wakes up gradually the whole city
the moon looks enchanted
surprise and pale
slowly fades into the sky and gradually will disappear

Yawns a window
on the silent river
and in the white light floating
a cylinder, a flower and a tail go away.

floating gently
let themselves rock
he goes down slowly
under the bridge to the sea
towards the sea
Who ever he will be
Who will ever be that man in frac.

Adieu, adieu, adieu, adieu, farewell to all the world
to the memories of the past
to a never dreamed dream
to a moment of love.

Jamey Rodemeyer

Published September 23, 2011 by Tony


jamey rodemeyer
The 14-year-old Jamey Rodemeyer killed himself on Monday because gay, after posting an online farewell.

He had been bullied with gay slurs for more than a year after his outing…… while some students had been posting hate comments with gay references on his Formspring account, a website that allows anonymous posts.
“JAMIE IS STUPID, GAY, FAT ANND [sic] UGLY. HE MUST DIE!”. “I wouldn’t care if you died. No one would. So just do it 🙂 It would make everyone WAY more happier!”


Jamey posted on his Facebook page, “I always say how bullied I am, but no one listens. … What do I have to do so people will listen to me? No one in my school cares about preventing suicide, while you’re the ones calling me [gay slur] and tearing me down.”

The Amherst Police Department’s Special Victims Unit has said it will determine whether to charge some students with harassment, cyber-harassment or hate crimes while three students at Heim Middle School, in particular, might have been involved.
Jamey sent out many signals on social networking sites that he was struggling with his sexuality.

Shame on them!

His soul won’t be moping around but among host of heaven!
My anger, my thoughts and my soul are now near the sweet Jamey…I love you from the bottom of my heart.