apple landAbout 150 pedestrians and several other people participated in the “Walk for Glenn 3.0” at Appelterre on Saturday. The mother of Glenn De Koeman, the 15-year-old boy from Appelterre who committed suicide exactly five years ago after becoming a victim of cyberbullying, organized a rally and socialized for the third time to remember her son and put an end to it. Internet bullying to connect.
Appelterre’s Glenn De Cooman committed suicide on June 12, 2017 after a nude photo of him was circulated via Instagram. He put on his running shoes that day to “go for a run,” but he never came home. Glenn was barely fifteen years old. In 2018 and 2019, Glenn’s parents and family already organized a “March for Glenn”. Because of the Corona crisis, it has already been three years since the start of the march. This year, Glenn climbed for the first time in June instead of early fall, should Corona re-emerge. For example, “Walk for Glenn” occurred the day before the fifth anniversary of Glenn’s death. “It’s double. It’s tough, but because of the crowds I have a distraction. It’s never easy,” says Glenn’s mother Sandra Spittels. “Things haven’t gotten any better. The loss is getting bigger. We have to try to live with it for the rest of our lives. Today there are companions who are suffering, people who have also lost a child and we hear the same among them. A lot of people think it will get better over time, but that’s not the case.”
Sandra is glad that she was able to once again organize a “March for Glenn” with friends. “It costs me a lot of energy, but it also benefits me. If I can help one child with this, it means a lot. I am organizing a get-together for Glenn because what happened should not be forgotten, and also in the hope that lessons can be learned from it, so that people realize the impact it has.” Cyberbullying can happen.”
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During the ‘Walk for Glenn’ various distances are walkable and at De Oogappel Primary School the starting and ending point of the walk, cheese croquettes, pie, hot dogs and more were sold to Awel, an organization for young people. “I think what they do is very valuable. They give a listening ear to young people.” After all, cyberbullying unfortunately still applies. “I am in contact with Victim Support Europe and you hear a lot of shocking stories, not only from young people, but also from adults. Cyberbullying anonymously: you don’t know who is behind it.”
Sandra also wants to continue organizing “Walk for Glenn” in the coming years. “I think it is very important not to do that. I am very tired, but I hope to continue with it.” For the third edition, there were about 150 people walking in, and more people came than in previous years for a nice get-together with a snack and a drink.
Children and young people who need a hearing ear can contact Awel on the toll-free number 102 or via chat on Awel.be. If you have questions about suicide, you can contact the Suicide Line toll-free at 1813 or at www.zelfmoord1813.be.
Mother of 15-year-old committed suicide over nude photo: ‘If that photo didn’t exist, Glenn would still be alive’
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