27 September 2012
A Letter to an Old Friend
It must have taken some sort of genius to do as they did. To turn those you had been friends with away and those who would never give you a chance to know them. Snakes that resemble people twisting words and planting hate and rumors with no foundation of reality whatsoever. It’s not right. I wish we would stop calling it bullying and call it for what it really is. Abuse. What kind of human being makes fun of you for something that is completely out of you control? What kind of human being throws eggs at not only your house but at you as well? What kind of human being pees on your door and gets someone to take a picture of it and post it on the internet? What kind of human being tries to knock down the one already on their knees? All these acts of abuse that you go through are not okay, but you are not alone. Did you know about 160 000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack by other students? According to bullying statistics, 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them. And 1 out of every 10 students who drops out of school does so because of repeated bullying. (MBNBD Bullying Facts & Statistics) The effects bullying has on people aren’t just short term. Some follow you well into your adult life. Bullying usually starts in your childhood which is the foundation of your life. How are you supposed to cope as an adult when you’ve been beaten down during some of the most important years of your life? Bullying can and most often does cause depression and anxiety. Bullying is killing people. According to Canadian studies in 2008, there were 233 suicides among 10 to 19-year- olds, accounting for 20.4 per cent of all deaths for that age group. In recent studies, 50% of people who were surveyed admitted they had thought about committing suicide as a result of bullying. (Kirky, Sharon para. 5) A girl just like you named...