Bullying is a really big problem in America and it’s is one of the main causes of suicide.
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University”.
- A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying.
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying
(bullets mine, http://www.bullyingstatistics.org/content/bullying-and-suicide.html)
I’ve had a lot of friends and family who have struggled with bullying and even cyber bullying. Bullying has had a bad impact on me, especially while going through middle school. It was hard to make friends and I was constantly hearing people talking really bad about me. I also had these three upperclassmen girls harass me at lunch almost everyday. It was really hard until they graduated, but I was still bullied after they left. During this time the administration at my school the admin put me in special ed classes, they didn’t talk to any students. The principle didn’t talk to anyone she just asked me about it and different classes and sent me to see a counselor.
Starting my second year of 5th grade I was constantly made fun of for being held back and being the shortest girl in class and for my age. I was also made fun of for being in the special ed classes. I would try and talk to the instration about it, but they didn’t do anything. I got to a point in 7th grade where I had really unstable friendships and the people who I thought were my friends really made fun of me behind my back. It put me in a really bad place and I got severely depressed. I had been cutting myself and thinking about suicide and the worst thing about it was my dad wasn’t around to talk to which made me even more sad. My depression got a lot better when I moved to Seattle with my mom. She helped me through a lot and I got a lot happier.
For those who are being bullied/harassed I highly suggest talking to someone you trust and if you don’t have that then you can call the suicide prevention hotline just to talk. (https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org)
Suicide and bullying is and always have been problems. In America, “The annual U.S. suicide rate increased 24% between 1999 and 2014, from 10.5 to 13.0 suicides per 100,000 people, the highest rate recorded in 28 years.” I’ve been reading articles and looking at statistics trying to find some information on bullying in other countries. Bullying is a big problem, but cyberbullying a bigger in my opinion, “International survey of adults in 28 countries which reveal an increasing number of parents have children who have experienced some form of cyberbullying”( https://www.comparitech.com/internet-providers/cyberbullying-statistics/).
Reading through this website I’ve learned a lot about cyberbullying and the number of parents stating that their kid(s) have at some point gotten cyberbullied. For example from the year 2011-2018 in India, the percent raised from 32 to 37, in Brazil from the year 2011-2018 the percent raised from 19 to 29 just in seven years.. Reading this made me very sad and wonder why people are so mean and think that they need to discredit and make fun of people. Lives can be and are taken due to bullying. Bullying leads to depression and can even end in suicide or attempted suicide.
What my fellow classmates think about bullying and cyberbullying at Nova.
“I think there can be bullying but it’s not as problematicas other schools, I haven’t heard of any cyberbullying. I think people just make their opinions to the person(s) of conflict very clear.” Ellie B (12th grade, Nova high school)
“There isn’t any real bullying, just passive aggressive behavior.” Baron G, (10th grade, Nova High School)
“At any high school there is going to be some sort of bullying, I have not seen physical bullying. I’ve seen a few verbal disagreements.” Emerald M, (12th grade, Nova High School)
Keeping the opinions and observations from my peers in mind, I think there will always be some sort of bullying at any high school which is really upsetting because no one should be put down by their peers. We can limit bullying by continuing to advertise that it’s not okay to bully people and try to help those who are being bullied and help the bullies stop bullying.