RANT ALERT – What the heck is wrong with the youth today????

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I am so sick and tired of seeing on the news and reading in the paper about teenage suicide caused by bullying. When did all of this start happening? It makes me so incredible sad and excuse me, but pissed off that teenagers are causing other teenagers to fall into depression and it’s often leading to suicide.

Just yesterday, I read an article about a 13 year old from Joshua that killed himself because he was being bullied nearly everyday. The article stated that the child had been physically accosted, stripped naked, tied up and placed in a toilet head down. Apparently the boy tried to reach out to ADULTS at the school he attended and nothing was ever done about it. I know that in our legal system, all are innocent until proven guilty, but how can you as an adult be okay with this outcome. Knowing that this child came to you for help and support and you turned the other cheek? It makes me sick. I believe there are too many adults out in the world that are too concerned with befriending teenagers instead of being a role model, teacher, parent ,etc….

My question is: when did it become this bad? Bullying/hazing has been around for a long time; however, in today’s world of technology, bullying takes on a whole new shape. There are so many avenues that bullies take to harrass and belittle that are difficult for others to see. Texting and Facebook, along with a plethora of other social sites that this old lady knows nothing about, are breeding grounds for comments.

I want to know what I can do to fix this problem. I teach at a small rural high school with 230ish students. When I first started teaching 5 years ago I thought, this is great! There are no clics at this school. Everyone gets along with everyone. As time passed and society began changing, I am starting to notice that our youth are not that innocent. Don’t get me wrong, we have a zero tolerance for bullying, but kids today are good. They are swift and sneaky. Things are said and done before we adults ever know what’s going on.

I pray that it does not take any more of our sweet children to take their own lives in order for others to realize the lasting effects of their words.

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About talesofanormalgirl

I am just a "normal" girl from Texas. I have a wonderful family, hubs (married in 08), son (born in 09) and daughter (born in 11) and another daughter (born in 14). I am an Assistant Principal at a local high school and in my spare time I love to write. I also say I will write more when more time is available. Well, time is starting to become more available. I hope you enjoy.

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  1. You are so right! I’m amazed at the resourcefulness and clever ways that teenagers pull off some of the things they do. The saddest part is exactly what you said: that too many adults are interested in being “friends” rather than the ADULT and responsible leader that our youth really need. My niece is a perfect example; the path she’s headed down has nearly destroyed me on a few occasions, but I’ve resolved myself to the thought that she has long been at the age of accountability and is very defiant. Nothing she’s told seems to sink in; she’s determined to do what she wants and she doesn’t care. Kids are playing Russian Roulette with not only their lives, but the lives of other kids. I’m not really sure how to reach them. All I feel I can do is just pray for them and be a responsible, trustworthy and brutally honest adult that can be confided in.

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