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.