I remember vividly in the 6th grade when the bullying started. I can remember one day while sitting in my English last someone slipped a note on my desk. “You are ugly,” it said. I looked up at the person who passed me the note; a group of girls were looking at me laughing at me. I put my head down in sadness and asked myself “why do they hate me so much” to keep me from crying I put my head down and continued to read my history book. A few moments later another note was slipped on my desk “your breath stinks” it’s read. I looked at the clocked and prayed it would move faster so I didn’t have to sit and endure the torture. Later on that evening after my shower, I asked my mom “do you have an empty pill bottle?”
“Why,” she asked.
“Well, I got a note saying my breath stinks and I want to put mouthwash in it so that when my breath stinks, I can drink it.”
”Your breath doesn’t stink,” she told me. “They’re just telling you those things because they’re not happy at home, and they want others to be unhappy with them.” My parents always made sure I knew I was beautiful, and Loved.
That was over 15years ago. Back in 1998, it was very rare that you heard of kids killing themselves. What’s the difference between then and now? The answer is social media.
10-year-old Ashawnty Davis died of an apparent suicide two weeks after a video of her surfaced on social media. According to the New York Post, another student captured the fight on video and posted it on the Musical.ly app.
“She was devastated when she found out that it had made it to Musical.ly,” Her father said
Once the video was posted Ashawnty was relentlessly bullied until she reached her breaking point.
At 10 years old I was focused on dolls, painting my nails, and the lion king. Why in the recent years have the suicide rates in adolescent gone up? What are we going to do to change it? Do you keep your kids off of social media? What are teachers going to do? I have so many questions.
What happens when you’re child’s school knows about the bullying but does nothing about? That’s what happened when it came to 13-year-old Rosalie Avila. The 8th grader was taken off of life support Friday after attempting suicide following years of bullying by her middle school peers.
According to Nbc Los Angeles The school was aware of Rosalie’s bullying, she had been going to counseling. Mesa View Middle School issued a statement via memo on their web site
“No one can fathom the heartbreak and confusion that we are certain many of our students and families are feeling right now,” the school said on the statement. Crisis counselors and intervention teams will be available and supporting our students throughout the district in the upcoming days.”
I am at a loss right now. I honestly don’t know what we’re going to do about our kids. Comment below if you have ideas. We gotta save our kids.