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Letter: Let’s deal with the bullying epidemic

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To whom it may concern,

Did you know over 14 percent of high school students have considered suicide due to bullying, and almost 7 percent have attempted it. It seems to me that nobody really cares about anybody but him or herself anymore. I’d say that probably less than 25 percent of the people in Riverhead High School actually genuinely care about other people and their well being. I feel that maybe if more people cared, there would be less bullying, less fighting, people would be more kind towards each other and over all it would make a less hostile environment for the students, teachers and everyone else involved with the school. Unfortunately, due to bullying there are kids dropping out, skipping certain periods of class and kids who simply don’t want to be in a school setting due to bullying. I can honestly say that this saddens me; people deserve the right to go to school and get an education. Everyone should be able to come to school to learn and to feel safe while doing so. Students should not be scared to come and further their education.

Granted, the school does try anti-bullying demonstrations like “mix up day” where as you walk into your lunch period you got a color and you would have to sit at the table with that color on it. You are seated with random people who also received that color and are given fun topics to talk about so that people could make some new friends and acquaintances. What the school cannot see is how “mix up day” is leading to more acts of bullying like cyber bullying, verbal arguments and potential violence.

The only real way to deal with this epidemic (and that is what I will call it, for that is exactly what it is) is to face it head on. One way I propose we do that is to enforce the existing anti-bullying policy thought the entire Riverhead school district in grades K-12. That itself would raise awareness and let kids know that it’s okay to talk to someone about it. Another small change that could make a large impact on the schools is if the security department was encouraged to pay less attention to the kid who is wearing a hat and more attention to the student being made fun of as he or she is walking through the hallways. Although you may find this hard to believe, many bullies are found to be the cool kids by the rest of their friends and for some kids bullying is how they get to fit in with other “cool” kids and get attention. Pointing out a bully in front of their friends and peers is one of the first steps to stopping the abuse in the school setting.

The verbal and physical abuse, bullying, is detrimental to our youths future. An estimated 160,000 children in grades K-12 miss school everyday due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students; one in every 10 students that drop out, do so because of bullying and one in every seven students in grades K-12 are either a bully or a victim of bullying. These are all real statistics, about real kids, who need our help. This epidemic is out of control and leaves me wondering what our future will come to with all of this violence. All it takes is someone to notice, someone to say something, to make a change.

Love saves lives, will you be the difference?

Brittany Rocco
student at Riverhead High School