Blog #2 – The fight against bullying
Bullying in schools, specifically high schools, have been becoming more and more prominent in daily news and reports. The numbers have been soaring and the dangers towards these young adults have turned to extreme violence. Whether it is the violence acted upon them, or the violence they eventually used on themselves, students in middle school and high school are so insecure and fragile to those around them.
And why is this even an issue? Because they are different.
Many of the stories stem from a student who is believed to be a homosexual. His/her sexual orientation, or believed sexual orientation, becomes the subject of their demise. Other times it is because they look “different,” because they dress “different,” and because they act “different.” But who defines what is normal and different? Is it magazines with their airbrushed models wearing luxury labels? Is it mainstream stores like Abercrombie & Fitch with their beautiful stick-figure models dressed half-naked? Can we go far enough to say that the reason is closer to home, as in from parents and teachers? But most importantly, when does this stop? And what is going to be done about it?
After Massachusetts native Pheobe Prince hung herself on January 14, 2010, eyes were opened to the insecure and lonely lives of those bullied in school. Her pain was deep enough at 15 years old that she’d rather take her own life than continue the way it was. And the events only continued this year with the suicide of 11-year-old Georgia native, Jaheem Herrera. His suicide was again linked to severe school bullying after he was repeatedly teased and threatened by his classmates. Though these are not the only instances of teen suicide caused by bullying, they are the most recent stories soaking up a lot of attention and outrage.
But even after the repeated severity of these bullying cases, they are not going anywhere, and it seems as though nothing is being done about them. In a recent study by UCLA, one in four young teens are being bullied in some way. Many have been advocating a zero-tolerance stand against bullying in schools, though it has yet to be officially instated in all school facilities. This policy needs to be a mandated law that must be followed in schools all over the country that enacts a severe punishment to those bullying others. Perhaps then we will see a decrease in teen suicides and bullying.
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