Tom Trosvik suicide: The terrible price of bullying


By Rachel Kytonen
Isanti County News
MINNESOTA — February 8, 2006 began as a warm, pleasant day. But it ended in a nightmare for one Ham Lake family.

Tom Trosvik came home from school and threw down his backpack on the kitchen floor. He told his older brother Steven he was heading outside to work on a school project, and shouldn’t follow him.

His mother, Kathy Trosvik, had been downstairs searching online for airfare tickets to attend her daughter’s college graduation. Her husband Fred wasn’t home from work yet.

When Fred arrived home, since it was uncharacteristic for Tom to go outside by himself, he headed out to the barn to look for him. The next thing Kathy heard was her husband screaming to call 911.

Fred found their 12-year-old son, described as “full of love and smiles,” had committed suicide by hanging.

It was this tragic event that led the Trosviks, with help from friends and family, to form the non-profit organization called B.U.L.L.Y., which stands for Building Understanding Love & Learning for Youth.

Kathy shared her story during an April 6 presentation on “Protecting our Children,” and “Amber Alert and Missing Children.” The Isanti County Family Support Team hosted the event at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

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