Bullying Epidemic

Bullying has gone on for centuries throughout our world whether it be in the workplace, on the street, or at school. There are unimaginable instances where bullying has occurred throughout school systems, some more severe than others. Of course bullying was present in earlier years, but times have changed and the insults have been transformed. “Kids are cruel” is a common phrase to justify bullying, but it should not be considered an excuse. Recently with the advancements in technology bullying has become an epidemic.

Researchers have pinpointed the start of bullying in preschool and it is known to peak in middle school. “Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC. For every suicide among young people, there are at least 100 suicide attempts. Over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide, and almost 7 percent have attempted it” (Bullying Statistics).  At such an early age of development, it is crucial to prevent the cruel acts of bullying.

The National Center for Education Statistics and the Justice Department conducted a research that stated the percentage of public schools reporting bullying at least once a week decreased from 29 percent in 1999-2000 to 16 percent in 2013-14. As students continue to keep these instances of bullying to themselves, it takes a toll on them that could cause long-term consequences.

A recent TED Talk by poet, Shane Koycza, sheds some light on the issue and the damaging effects of bullying. The duration of the video is roughly 12 minutes but it is worth the watch. Koycza’s poem To This Day is a chilling and inspirational video to love yourself and also be mindful of the things you say to others. He reveals his experience as both a predator and victim of bullying and how these acts effected his life to this day. The TED talk entails only a few choice words of colorful language so consider tuning in at home.

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