Every year, nearly 3000 children and teens die from gunfire, and nearly 14,000 are injured.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

14-year old Miranda Campbell commits suicide with gun due to bullying

Miranda Campbell, age 14
14-year old Miranda Campbell was a bright student who was well-loved at her Hopkinsville, Kentucky school.  Unfortunately, she was endlessly bullied for being bisexual, and wound up shooting herself to death.

( article and news footage )

From a related article:

Felty and Campbell's father, Travis Campbell, said the teen was bullied because she was bisexual. Hopkinsville High School principal Demetria Choice said she was not aware of any bullying in the classroom, where she said Campbell was well-liked. She said the school has a zero-tolerance policy for bullying.
Now an anti-bullying campaign has been started in her name, the "Miranda Campbell Challenge" :
During the service, Miranda’s father spoke about his commitment to the challenge movement.
“I’m going to take the tenacity and perseverance that I gave my daughter and feed it into the Miranda Campbell Challenge,” Travis Campbell told the crowd. “This challenge is now my child.”
Several of Miranda’s friends also attended at the service. Dabbing away tears from their eyes, many spoke of their feelings of loss.
“Never have I ever lost a friend like this until now,” student Mackenzie Russell said at the service. “I don’t have any words to describe all of this.”

What is lacking in all of this are some very important questions:  Where did Miranda get the gun?  Why was it left loaded and unlocked where she could reach it?  Why didn't anyone recognize any warning signs?

Every gun in the hands of a child must first pass through the hands of an adult.


  1. Nobody nows how she got it just like nobody knew she was being bullied........I talked to miranda all the time and it's been a year since she died and I really miss her...........

  2. We're sorry for the loss of your friend, Cheybear. There are too many lost this way.

  3. As a student at the school, I was familiar with Miranda. I thought it was important to let people know that Mrs. Choice did a terrible job at enforcing the "no bullying policy". She couldn't have cared less half the time and had her favorite students. I have also heard nothing about the Miranda Campbell Challenge.


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