Teen editorial: Are schools doing enough to stop bullying?

Bullying - book coverRecently a teenager from Ohio shot and killed three students and injured two others. He now awaits trial. I bring this up because he was allegedly a victim of bullying. And that may have possibly contributed to the reason behind the deadly attack at Chardon High School. Another reason this has really caught my attention is because a problem with my sister and her friends teasing another little girl was recently brought to my parent’s attention. According to that little girl’s parent, this had been going on for months. I could probably have not been more disappointed in my sister. All I can think is, why? Why do things like these have to happen? Because I honestly think it’s pointless to make another person feel bad about themselves.

Another thing my mom made clear in addressing the family about my sister’s case: TEACHERS DIDN’T DO ANYTHING TO TRY TO STOP THIS. It had been going on for months and teachers have done nothing. It’s utterly disappointing.

Dear BullyA few months ago a fellow student of mine was mentioning a girl that had killed herself because she was being bullied. I replied by saying how horrible it was. Her response was simply, “Yeah, it happens all the time.” And I couldn’t believe what I was hearing. The simplicity and plainness in her response infuriated me. She acts as if it’s no big deal. It’s a HUGE deal. Whatever schools are doing to prevent and stop bullying is far from enough. And something needs to be done.

–Aldo, 15, Teen Center Advisor

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