The sky fell on the de Zion family, originally from Brasschaat in the province of Antwerp. On March 1, the 12-year-old boy took his own life. In his final year at a specialized high school, he was regularly bullied and harassed.
Zion loved climbing trees. A chestnut tree has therefore been planted in his school to pay homage to him. Dirk, her father, does not want the tragedy experienced by his family to affect others. He therefore delivers a moving message, which our colleagues from the Nieuwsblad relate.
“On March 1, the unthinkable happened. Zion committed suicide. Zion was so young, so fragile, so sensitive. The sadness is unfathomable. The upheaval is endless. There are no words to describe the loss. Anyway, I can’t find the words. We, our family and our friends cannot find words for it.
Yes, Zion was bullied at school like so many other kids, it was just part of his mind. He also sometimes had trouble making things his own. Our son sometimes felt different and did not always communicate with others. He sometimes felt left out. He also struggled with himself, who he was with. Zion had a hard time adjusting to all of this. He had a hard time dealing with all these emotions. And he wanted to burden others as little as possible. He wanted to spare the people he cared about so much.
We were vigilant, but no one expected Zion to have such dark thoughts and see no way out. What remains now is endless sadness and loss.
I can only say, all parents, talk to your kids. Give them space and a safe environment to talk about their feelings. Of their little and big worries, of their little and big sorrows. Be alert if they feel excluded or less accepted. Be caring, be understanding and show that you are always there for them”