Fifteen year old Grace McComas committed suicide in 2012. Her story is one of how the Howard County community failed this child and family. First and foremost, it was a flagrant example of an institution that’s intended to serve the people, putting the administration first rather than the interests of this child and family. But we all played a role. And we have an opportunity to make it right.
Julia McCready, our guest blogger, is a Howard County Educator with a knowledge and wisdom about Grace’s story. She posts daily at http://villagegreentownsquared.blogspot.com/
Sharing the Story
by Julia McCready (Friday, July 7, 2017)
In the Spring of 2012 the Glenelg High School community was rocked by the suicide of a sophomore named Grace McComas. She took her life in response to a drug-assisted rape by a fellow student and the subsequent cyber-bullying from members of that same community when she spoke out and sought justice.
In a school of approximately 1200 students, how many do you suppose knew what was going on?
How many knew because they were participating in the bullying?
How many knew and tried to help?
How many knew and did nothing?
How many knew nothing at all?
In the time since her daughter’s death Christine McComas has fought to raise awareness of sexual assault, cyber-bullying, and has worked unceasingly to get her daughters complete school records from the year that she died. The response to her efforts has often been disappointing.