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Andrew, Andru, Isaiah, and Jonathan
Mr. Courtney
Honors Lit
5 May 2013
Many kids and teenagers that are bullied turn to suicide as A way out. They don’t understand that it is only a permanent solution to a temporary situation. The sad thing is that if they could only tell someone about their situation or if they just confide in the right person, than their problems could be fixed. Most bullying situations in modern day society occur in high school. There isn’t a specific situation, it could be that the seniors bully the freshmen or the juniors bully the sophomores. Whatever the situation may be, no child should turn to suicide as a solution. Here is one bullying scenario. There was a boy named Keith. He was a freshman in high school. He was African-American, long, lanky, and skinny. He was getting bullied by two juniors at his school. The both of them were football players. One was black and the other was white. Their names were Steve and James. They would beat on Keith every day. They would taunt him and publicly humiliate him all the time. Keith would try to avoid them at all cost. Occasionally he would skip school or specific periods when he knew Steve and James would be there. He was very petrified. At home, his father is usually drunk most of the time. Ever since his mother died, Keith has been getting abused by his father. His father usually comes home at different hours of the night. He would usually be drinking for many different reasons, one reason is because he is depressed and another reason is because he constantly remembers how things were before his wife died. So when he would come home, he would be very disgruntled on how his life is presently and he would beat on Keith until he sees blood. When he would get to school, some students in his gym class would ask him why he has so many bruises on his stomach. Another fellow student (named Jeremiah), would constantly ask him what’s going on at his house. Keith would only look at him and say, “If it doesn’t concern you, why do you even care?” Jeremiah would continue to try and get the answer out of him each day, but nothing would work. One day, he walked into school and went to his locker like he usually does. When he arrived at his locker, he saw very disgusting words about himself spray painted all over his locker. When other students saw it, they pointed at him and laughed. Among the students that laughed, Steve and James were the loudest. Steve threw the spray can at Keith and laughed even harder when it hit him in the face. At this moment, Keith went into his book bag and took out a gun. Everyone ran off but not before Keith shot and killed Steve and James. He ran out of the closest exit and upon arriving home, he shot and killed his father in his sleep before taking his own life.

Statistics:
- It is estimated that 160,000 children miss school every day due to fear of attack or intimidation by other students. Source: National Education Association. - American schools harbor approximately 2.1 million bullies and 2.7 million of their victims - 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. - 56% of students have personally witnessed some type of bullying at school. - 15% of all school absenteeism is directly related to fears of being bullied at school. - 71% of students report incidents of bullying as a problem at their school. - 282,000 students are physically attacked in secondary schools each month. - 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying - 87% of students said shootings are motivated by a desire to “get back at those who have hurt them.” - 86% of students said, “Other kids picking on them, making fun of them or bullying them” causes teenagers to turn to lethal violence in the schools. - 54% of students said witnessing physical abuse at home can lead to violence in school. - According to bullying statistics, 1 out of every 10 students who drops out...
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