Teen Bullying Must Be Stopped

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Bullying in school environments is not a rare or recent development by any means. However, it would appear the intensity and consequences have reached new, devastating heights in more recent cases. I was shocked to discover that there have been five recent teen suicides from bullying, in the high school in my current city. According to one of my local news-station’s website, www.foxnews.com, in Mentor High School (Mentor, Ohio) there have been four cases of teen suicides from bullying in a little more than three years. The suicides were from one teen who was bullied for being gay, one being bullied because of a learning disability, one for a boy who liked to wear pink, one from an overdose of antidepressants and the most recent case; Sladjana Vidovic. Sladjana was a sixteen year old Croatian girl; who tied one end of a rope around her neck and the other around her bed post and jumped out of her bedroom window in 2008. In Sladjana’s suicide note, she wrote of the daily torture she endured in Mentor High. According to Fox News, she was called names such as, “slutty-Jana” and “slut-Jana-vagina.” Food was thrown at her, a water bottle was thrown at her face, she was attacked because of her thick accent, and was pushed down stairs. Sladjana endured this cruel behavior from her peers in spite of, or perhaps because she was beautiful, charming and enthusiastic. It may seem this story is at this point already as terrible as it could get, but it becomes worse. According to Sladjana’s parents, they had begged the school several times to help the situation. The school promised they would, but nothing was done. A week before she took her own life, Sladjana had dropped from Mentor High and enrolled in an online school,... ... middle of paper ... ... Nuss. Associated Press. “Families Sue Ohio School After Four Bullied Teens Die By Their Own Hand.” FoxNews.com. Fox News. 08. Oct. 2010. Web.10. Nov. 2011. 2.) n.p. Bullyingstatistics.org. Bullying Statistics. n.d. Web. 10. Nov. 2011. 3.) n.p. Teendepression.org. Teen Depression. n.d. Web. 10. Nov. 2011. 4.) Debra Bradly Ruder. “A Work In Progress: The Teen Brain.” Harvardmagazine.com. Harvard. Sept.-Oct. 2008. Web. 10. Nov. 2011. 5.) Gary Goshgarian. Kathleen Krueger. Dialogues: An Argument Rhetoric and Reader. 7th edition. New York: Longman. 2011. Print. 176. 10. Nov. 2011.

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