Bullying Or Freedom Of Speech?

Freedom Of Speech Or Freedom From Harrassment?

1st Admendment Rights: Not Really .

The dictionary meaning of freedom of speech is,"Freedom of speech is the political right to communicate one's opinions and ideas using one's body and property to anyone who is willing to receive them." But since when did this include bullying people to the brink of suicide? In the difinition, the text says,"...to anyone who is willing to receive them." This means that it does not include teens and children who are bullied. Let's take a closer look at the effects of bullying.

Bullying Causes Suicide !

Bullying is linked to many negative outcomes including impacts on mental health, substance use, and suicide. In recent years, a series of bullying-related suicides in the US and across the globe have drawn attention to the connection between bullying and suicide.Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.

Facts and Statistics on Bullying and Suicide !

According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.About 42 percent of kids have been bullied while online with one in four being verbally attacked more than once. About 35 percent of kids have been threatened online. .Other bullying statistics show that about 77 percent of students have admitted to being the victim of one type of bullying or another.The American Justice Department bullying statistics show that one out of ever 4 kids will be bullied sometime throughout their adolescence. We need to stop this before these statistics get any higher !

Examples of Bullying !

In Carterville, Illinois, a 15 year old boy committed suicide. The suicide note he left stated that he was tired of life and that he was doing this because he was being bullied at school."This bullying has to stop," says the devestated father. "People have to stop treating other people the way they do, because some people just don't have the strength to overcome the humiliation, the continuation of being picked on constantly, every day, to the point that they have no outs." A suicide expert says,"We need to, as a society, not just the press, need to handle suicides in a way that's knowledgeable, that provides hope and real resources for people who are struggling, and not just a story that presents suicide as the one and only outcome."

Stop Bullying !

Freedom of Speech or Bullying