How hard is it to be nice?

Lately, school shootings have been more common and happening more frequently than in years past. Although there are many different opinions and views as to why these terrible events are on the rise, bullying plays a big role in the reason as to why someone would commit such a heinous crime.

The common school-goers are not aware of how much bullying affects the mental health of others. Research shows that in 2014, 54% of school shooters had a history of being bullied. With that being said, there are many long and short-term effects of being a victim of bullying, like depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and social isolation.

The most common form of bullying is verbal and social. Over the past few years, bullying has hit an all-time high, especially online. Cyberbullying is a newer form of bullying since the rise of social media, but it is very common with Facebook, Snapchat, and Instagram being so popular.

“About 42% of kids and teens have been bullied while online but only a small percentage report it,” reported BullyingStatistics.org.

Telling an adult or trusted peer is very hard, but they can help you in your situation. Often people who are bullied stop coming to school, and they decimate their chances of receiving a good education.

“If I was bullied by the people I go to school with, I’d drop out. I wouldn’t even tell anyone, I don’t want to be a snitch. I don’t want to feel all awkward going to school,” said Brianna Jennings (12)

Teens often bully each other without even thinking about it. Mean comments and slurs are said every day without a second thought. It comes naturally to people to judge, but your words have an enormous impact on your peers.

“23% of the kids who were bullied frequently sought psychiatric help before the age of 30,” disclosed Healthline.com.

No one ever knows what people are dealing with, so why add on to their issues and create a psychological burden? Before making a mean slur or rude comment online, think about the other person.

 

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