Bullying

Over the past few weeks we have been hearing in the news some stories about kids committing suicide after being teased and bullied repeatedly for their sexual orientation. I find it impossible, as a human being, NOT to comment on the tragic events that have been happening.

Tyler Clementi, a 19-year-old, gay freshman at college, took his own life by jumping off the George Washington Bridge because his roommate secretly videotaped him having sex and broadcasted it over the internet. The two students involved, Dharun Ravi and Molly Wei, both 18, were arrested before the suicide and charged with invasion of privacy, a charge that could result in up to 5 years in prison.

Seth Walsh, 13, from CA, attempted suicide by hanging himself from a tree after being bullied by his classmates. He died 9 days later.

Asher Brown, 13, from Texas killed himself with a 9mm after over two years of bullying from his classmates. The day he died, he came out to his stepfather, who said that there was nothing but acceptance from the family.

Billy Lucas, 15, from Indiana, hung himself in his family’s barn after being subject bullying his classmates.

These suicides among contless other deaths, some even more recent than these four, because of bullying are absolutely unnaceptable. And this is not only related to sexual orientation bullying. It applies to all kinds of bullying. This issue hit me hard because I was also bullied.

I remember being pushed down the stairs on middle high school for being “too fat”.

I remember getting spat at for being a book worm.

I remember going to the school faculty and them just letting the bullies go with a single hollow “I’m sorry”.

I remember them beating me up for ratting on them.

These kinds of behaviors should not be accepted in any school OR in any place in general. Acceptance and tolerance should be taught from early on kids education. What is even more important is that these issues should be treated far more seriously than they are being treated right now. A bully should not get away with what he does with no consequences. Schools need to start establishing more severe punishments for those actions or we are going to keep seeing more cases like these every day.

 

EDIT: I just checked the class blog and noticed this was one of the topics suggested. I had written a draft of this post a few days back but hadn’t posted it because I wanted to fix some things. I’m really glad that this matter is getting the attention it deserves. What is important is to recognize that this is nothing new. This problem has been around for years and now that it has been brought to attention to the media we must make sure that we don’t put it asside again. It’s time to act.

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3 Responses to “Bullying”

  1. I do agree with you. Enough is enough. This has to stop. There must be a change from top to bottom of society and legislation and implementation of that legislation. The people who is being bully need support and assurance from the school system that the bullies will be punish severely.

  2. It is really sad to see and hear about this kids being bullied. it seems like the respect and values are not being introduced into the school systems. I plan to be an educator and in my opinion to create a good educational environtment there should be respect and understanding between every individual and teachers and school rofessionals should step in and help stop th bullying inside the schools.

  3. I think this problems come from each one’s home. Parents should be aware of the behavior of their kids in any place. Even if not everyone is for this acts, people should educate this kids.

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