The mysterious disappearance of Mariam Makhniashvili in September 2009 came to a sad end today when police concluded that the remains found in a Toronto golf course was that of the missing girl. Despite the fact that her backpack was found nowhere near where her body was found, they do not suspect murder or foul play. Instead, they think she may have jumped. Reading the article on the CityNews website, one particular quote by the detective stuck out to me.
What is he implying there? I take offensive to the fact that he’s even speculating that because she was introverted and liked to read that she must have been depressed and suicidal? The fact that they wouldn’t even consider looking into homicide is beyond me. What could they possibly have found to make such a final conclusion to this case? I can’t believe the detective made that statement at all. So she was quiet. So she kept to herself and liked to read. That doesn’t make her sad. Has all suspicion been wiped clean from her father? (Who is currently in jail for 6 years for unrelated assault charges).
Adding to that story, Mitchell Wilson, a young boy who had muscular dystrophy was assaulted and had his phone stolen by a bully. He took his own life this past September because he was afraid of testifying against said bully. That bully was found not guilty this past Monday. To say I’m disheartened by this verdict is an understatement at the very least. Bullying is one of those things that really hits home and I feel extremely strongly about. To hear that this 11 year old boy who was so tormented by the bully, that he felt the need to end his life rather than face his assaulter in court makes me so sad. To hear that the bully isn’t held accountable for this tragedy makes me even more upset.