How Many Teens Commit Suicide as a Result of Bullying?
1. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among young people.
2. There are over 4400 deaths each year with 100 times as many attempted suicides.
3. Bullying victims are up to 9 times more likely to commit suicide.
4. Half of all suicides are related to bullying.
5. Thirty percent of students report being bullied and 160,000 kids stay home from school each day due to bullying.
Statistics like this are scary. Bullying has to stop, but how?
The first step is to determine who is a target for bullying.
1. Students who are overweight.
2. Students who are part of the LGBT community.
3. Students who with religious differences.
4. Students with physical or learning disabilities.
The second step is to look at the effects bullying has on those who are targeted.
The third step is to determine what the types of bullying are.
What now? We must understand why bullies start bullying in the first place?
1. Bullies want to become popular. They pick on unpopular kids in an attempt to gain approval and become popular.
2. Bullies have often been picked on themselves and are lashing out at others.
3. Bullies that come from a home of fighting and violence are often behaving in a way they have seen as acceptable.
4. Bullies often have low self-esteem and need approval from others that comes from bullying.
What can we do to make a change?
1. Educate the bully on empathy and make him/her aware that their words and actions can have long-term effects and possibly lead to suicide.
2. Provide other options for bullies to build their self-esteem in a positive way instead of a destructive way.
3. Make it clear any attempts at bullying will not be received well from teachers or students and that it will not make him/her more popular or considered cool.
How can we see changes at Coppell Middle School East?
1. Parental Involvement: involve parents in holding their child accountable.
2. Intervene Early: Make it known to teachers that you have seen bullying occurring.
3. Effective Discipline: Those involved in bullying will be disciplined for their participation.
4. Commit to Not Standing by: Bullying stops within 10 seconds 57% of the time someone commits to speaking up.
5. Educate Others: remind those participating in bullying that their words can lead to long-term negative effects such as depression, anxiety, and even suicide.
If we PIECE it all together, we can solve this puzzle and end teen suicide due to bullying.
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