Each year children and teens are bullied and feel powerless against their bullies. It’s harder to focus in school when you have a bully saying mean things or doing things that they shouldn’t do. Often bullying can start from a friend making jokes and receiving attention from their peers. It can even start when a bully wants to feel superior to another classmate. But bullies don’t realize how hard it is to be on the other side of the situation. According to Center for Disease Control and Prevention, teen suicide is the third leading cause of death. It shouldn’t get to the point where it’s too much to deal with because resources are out there. Teens don’t realize the pain it causes for their parents and loved ones to bear. A situation that may last a year or two is not worth anybody taking their lives for. But Samantha Kelly took her life after being bullied at her local high school. She told her friend she couldn’t take it anymore and committed suicide.
It’s sad to hear about a person committing suicide because help is out there and available to everyone. The teen had been raped by a guy that attends the same high school and he was facing charges for that. To get her back, classmates took the rapist side and started bullying the victim until she couldn’t take it anymore. There have been other stories where teens were bullied to death, whether it was fighting or verbal abuse. Victims may feel like holding the pain inside causing more stress in day to day living.
If you or someone you know is being bullied or have thoughts about suicide there is a suicide hotline to call. There are message board’s online, counselors that are offered even to low income families and will listen to what’s going and be able to assist better. Adults should talk to their children if they find their child going through situations at school or acting different. It’s always best not to judge a person when they’re going through a tough situation and try and do the most to make sure the teen is alright.
Suicide hotline – 1-800-SUICIDE or 1-800-273-Talk
Local Crisis Centers by location
Center for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/