I just found out my 14 yr old son has been hurting himself. He was caught at school because he told a friend what he does and showed her what he uses. Someone else overheard and turned him in. He has been suspended from school and has to go infront of a disiplinary hearing. They think he brought it to hurt someone else. I believe him when he says he brought it for himself because it made him feel better but I am afraid that the board will not. I don’t know what to do to help him. I feel if he is sent to alternative school where he has no friends to talk to he will only get worse. I had to take him to the ER because it is school policy for these cases. Youth Villages evaluated him and the feel that he is telling the truth. I have an appointment for him with a therapist next week but I don’t know what to do in the mean time. I am confused on how to talk to him or how to treat him. I love my kids very much and have tried to be involved and active in thier lives. My boys are scouts, they are very smart, get good grades, and have never been in any trouble. This came as a shock to me. I knew he has been bullied since elementary school and I have worked with the schools to stop it. I thought things were better but they weren’t he just stopped talking about it to me and the councliers and told me he was hanling it on his own because nothing the school did helped in fact he felt it made things worse. I quess I found out exactly how he was handling it. I also found out last year that my oldest who is in college was hurting themself. Luckily the school is helping them with counseling. I can’t help but wonder if I could have done something different or not done something that would have kept this from happening. How could I have been so blind not to see how my kids were hurting.