Bullies

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So many kids die or their stories go untold because of bullying in schools. And yet nothing is getting done to fix this problem. This needs to stop now.

 

Let’s talk about bullies. We’ve all been there; or at least some of us have. Some of us battled through it, but what about the ones that haven’t.

 

According to a study by Yale, bullied victims are 7 to 9% more likely to consider suicide. Which is a big deal, really. These kids are jumping to suicide, suffering, self-harm, etc; believing, it is a way out.

 

So many things go on behind school doors that the school probably doesn’t even known about. I’ve witnessed it since I was in middle school; the girl’s bathroom. Out of all honesty the things those girls write about each other on those bathroom walls is disgusting. Is this how we should be getting by? By degrading each other on the walls of our very own schools?

 

It’s crazy how they teach you at such a young age to ‘treat others the way you want to be treated’ just for it to be thrown away a couple of years later. And now you’re telling us to ‘shake it off’ and ‘don’t let the words get to you’. How are we not supposed to let these awful words get to us when they’re constantly picking at our hearts and crushing it?

 

Kids in grade school are bad, but kids in middle schools and high school are worse. Not only do kids bully countless other peers, they bully the kids in special education too. These kids have nothing better to do than to make fun of helpless kids who sometimes don’t even know when they’re getting picked on. It’s just hard watching these people bullying a kid who can’t even control some of the things that they do.

 

I know what you’re thinking, ‘why don’t you just step in; say something’. To be completely honest with you, I’m afraid. Just like the countless other kids who witness this go on in their schools.

 

We are afraid.

 

But what is it that we’re afraid of? Well it’s the torment. Some of us believe that if we try to silence the bully, we will be bullied ourselves. It goes for telling someone as well. You tell someone and you’re automatically labeled; snitch. And even when you take the chance and do go and talk to an adult, they don’t really do anything about it.

 

According to a study by ABC News, over 30,000 children stay home every day due to the fear of being bullied. Students should feel safe on schools grounds not afraid, believing that once they walk onto that campus that there is a target on their back. Once they walk onto those grounds they bow their heads, keep their eyes on the ground, and stay silent. Or like some of us; they hide it. We shouldn’t feel this way. Like our only way out is suicide, because it’s hard crawling out of an abyss you’ve become so used to; like a home.

Although in some cases bullying is not the factor of teen suicide. Sometimes it may even be life at home. So in predicaments like this we are not to blame the schools. Most schools already have enough anti-bullying campaigns and assemblies directed towards the prevention of bullying. Some may say that the parents aren’t doing their part. So who are we to blame the schools?

 

At the end of the day, “Knowing what’s right doesn’t mean much unless you do what’s right.”

  • Theodore Roosevelt

 

I believe we can learn a thing or two from old Teddy; if you know what the right thing to do is, than do it. But if you know what’s right and fail to do so then, what’s the point? It’s really complicated but I think that if the school and students ban together we can really change bullying and it’s terrible effect on students.

Like River Phoenix once said, “Run to the rescue with love and peace will follow.”