Brandon Bitner was a 14-year-old straight-A freshman student at Midd West High School in Middleburg, Pennsylvania. He wrote a suicide note to his family “I’m sure that when I’m gone, you’ find the strength not to let this happen to anyone else.” He then walked several miles to a highway and stepped into the path of a semi-truck on November 5, 2010 and he was gone. His mother noted that Brandon had been subjected to name calling from classmates at Midd West High. The school’s superintendent said no incidents of bullying were reported in recent months. “There was not one incident where he reported to a teacher at the high school, to a guidance counselor, social worker or principal, now where teachers saw anything either,” said Dr. Wesley Knapp.
Christopher Burgess (@burgessct) is a writer, speaker and commentator on security issues. He is a former Senior Security Advisor to Cisco and served 30+ years within the CIA which awarded him the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal upon his retirement. Christopher co-authored the book, “Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost, Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century”. He also founded the non-profit: Senior Online Safety.