An Increasing Problem in Today's Society
Tina Meier, the mother of 13 year old Megan, a St. Louis teen who in 2007, committed suicide due to the bullying she received on her MySpace page.
Barry Loukaitis, a 14 year old honor student who shot and killed 2 students and a teacher at his school in Moses Lake, Washington. Was bullied and called a "faggot" many times. He was tried as an adult and sentenced to life in prison with no parole.
Jacob Rubin, a 13 year old who was bullied in 6th grade for having long hair. He was called "gay","faggot", "homo" because of this. When he was beaten up, his mother contacted the school, who did nothing about the bullying.
School shootings have become a monthly regular in some way or another on the news. Bullied teens are put in a psychological state, where the only thing on their mind is revenge. They do not care what happens, they want it over. This is the result of some pretty severe bullying, probably some that has lasted for years. This only further proves the point of the problem growing and becoming worse and worse.
These reasons, and many more, are the reasons school officials and law enforcement have finally started to notice that something should be done about it. Now there are many programs to help bullied kids and teens. These programs highlight important effects of bullying, and many more important things. Although these exist, most, practically all, do not work at all. They do not change the bully's opinion at all. There are also laws to help with bullying. Most states have a law stating if you encourage suicide, and the person commits it, you can be arrested for indirect manslaughter, and get a $25,000 fine and 10+ years in prison. This law may exist, but is really not enforced. These are examples of things trying to help the bullied kids and teens, but ultimately failed, and did not help at all