#JusticeforDejah: An Open Letter to the Family and Friends of Dejah Jones
Normally, my first reaction when learning of a young person’s suicide is sadness. Sadness for the fact that they chose death to end their pain, sadness for the family and friends that are left behind to pick up the pieces, but with Dejah Jones things were different. I came across an article on Dejah’s death and was immediately angered. Bullying is a serious problem. It seems like there are so many children who have had an experience similar to Dejah’s, so why isn’t anything being done about it? Why were Dejah’s bullies not made to face the consequences of
their actions before it was too late? Why did the principal not have adequate answers for Dejah’s family after she died. The whole situation seemed unrighteous and unfair.
Dejah was 14. She b fore her issues with bullying began she was a good student, and she participated in extra-curricular activities. Although, after she began having problems at Woodside High School Dejah’s grades began to slip and she was not the same girl she once was. Dejah did the right thing by talking to her parents about her issues at school. She even brought up the prospect of transferring if it meant getting away from her attackers.
Dejah’s parents sought to help their daughter by talking to the school’s principal about the issues their daughter was having, but the principal did not appear to have any tangible solutions to a very real problem. Sadly, because Dejah felt like she had nowhere else to go, she chose to end her life to get away from the pain.
To Dejah’s Family: I am so sorry for your loss. Dejah seemed like a truly beautiful individual who was taken away far too soon. I am happy that you are fighting for justice, and I will stand by you in your fight to stop bullying and save future lives.
To Dejah’s Friends: It is never easy to lose someone close to you, especially at a young age, so I
am very sorry that you have to grieve the loss of Dejah. I pray that you will use her death as a lesson that everyone needs someone. Don’t let Dejah have died in vain. Even though you are young, you can make a difference. Be strong. Be kind. Be gracious.