Teenage suicide

In Editorials on October 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

By: Mariah Wilson

           What would you do if your best friend committed suicide?  What if it was just another classmate that you passed in the halls, but barely talked to?  Suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and teenagers, right after car accidents and homicides.  High school is a place where bullying leads to a teenager attempting and sometimes succeeding in committing suicide.  Being bullied because of a person’s sexuality, weight, or even the color of their skin can cause someone to think about suicide and, sadly, proceed in it. 

            Bully victims are between two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims of bullying.  This is because these victims have put in their head that no one would care if they died or that there is no other way to escape the harassment.  There are symptoms that depressed people have before the suicide attempt.  These include giving away favorite possessions and saying things like, “Things would be better without me.” Sadly, a lot of people don’t know or notice these symptoms until the person is dead.

            I believe that teen suicide should come to an end because it affects the family, friends, and even the community of the person.  The family and friends of the victims would no longer wonder what they could have done to prevent it.  Preventing teen suicide would stop the increasing spread of the problem around the world.  If we decrease bullying in the schools, then fewer students will be pressured into suicide.


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