bullycide
n. The suicide of a child that occurs after that child has been bullied or harassed.

Example Citations:
Brenda High of Washington state began Bully Police USA as she pressed a wrongful-death lawsuit against her son's school district. Jared High was 13 when he committed suicide (now often referred to as bullycide) in 1998 after being bullied at school.
—Trylla Crosby, "Woman works to stop bullying in schools," Norfolk Daily News, April 2, 2007

Adolescent psychologist and Beyondblue representative Michael Carr-Greggsaid there had been six or seven cases of "bullycide" in Victoria — where children had committed suicide as a result of forms of bullying including internet and SMS harassment.
—Verity Edwards, "Net link probed in teen suicides," The Australian, November 13, 2006

Earliest Citation:
Co-authors, Neil Marr and Tim Field, spent three years researching 'Bullycide' — they coined the word to describe the situation, when bullied children choose suicide rather than face another day of bullying, harassment or abuse.
—"Bullied to death," Sunday Life. February 4, 2001

First Use:
—Neil Marr and Tim Field, Bullycide: Death at Playtime, Success Unlimited, January 30, 2001

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