By: BRIANNA RODRIGUEZ
If you think bullying is the biggest factor in our schools you’re absolutely right. Bullying is a way of putting someone down in a bad way and causes people to not feel wanted in this world. People are so quick to assume that their children wouldn’t ever do such a thing when it comes to bullying when that’s not truly the case. Every year more than 4,000 people commit suicide due to bullying and hatred of other people among schools.
A study was done at Yale University, it stated that bully-victims are 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims. Suicide is the 3rd leading factor for deaths in America every year. Another study in Britain showed that girls who are aged 10 to 14 years old have a higher risk of suicide. Bullying doesn’t have to just be verbal abuse, it could be other factors such as physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, etc.
There are ways of preventing suicide by knowing the signs such as:
- Excessive sadness or moodiness
- Sleeping Problems
- Sudden Calmness
- Changes in personality and/ or appearance
- Dangerous or self-harmful behavior
- Recent trauma or life crisis
- Making preparations
- Threatening suicide
If there’s someone you know or someone else showing the signs of suicide due to bullying talk to them, make them feel wanted and accepted for the way they are, hang out with them. If it’s a serious problem make sure to keep away medications or dangerous items from them. Get them medical attention if needed or they can call the National Suicide Hotline number at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and reach out for someone or head to the emergency room.
Bullying is the biggest factor in hatred among everyone and parents should be more involved in their child’s life and know what’s going on and the activities they’re in. If parents suspect their children are being bullied they should talk to school advisors, authorities, or the bullies family to settle it and stop it from going any further. Most bully-victims find it extremely hard to talk about their problems because they feel like nobody will understand them. We should approach bullying in a way together to stop it worldwide and starting campaigns to help aid those victims and let them have a voice and tell their story. We would be able to do so much if we worked together as a society and not against one another. Bullying sometimes has a lot of miscommunication between two people and they don’t handle it properly and think violence and verbal abuse is the way to go at it. The world would have fewer problems if we talked to each other instead of about each other.