Not sure what sadness prompts someone to peel the bark of a young tree but while it might soothe their soul it's fatal to the tree.
This young white oak's vital phloem layer, which is just below the thin outer layer of bark and transports nutrients and the products of photosynthesis down to the roots, has been completely girdled, destroying the trees ability to function.
You might remember this happened to a young Accolade elm last summer (around the same time, come to think of it). Here's a snap of the elm now. Dead as a doornail.
Life in a public space. Sigh.
But then look at the six+ saplings in the far background. They represent the other side of life in a public space for a tree: thanks to those dedicated volunteers watering them. Sigh!