Life Happens
Author: Braylee B

Chapter 3
Suicide Is Not The Answer

You see it on the news; another teenager has taken their life. People gawk at each other with wide, shocked eyes, wondering why, oh why, this child ended their life so soon. But do they really not know the answer? I mean, seriously. There are only a handful of reasons a kid would take their own life: mostly revolving around bullying. Whether it be by a parent or a peer, bullying can force a kid to run out of options and turn to the alternative.

Suicide is not an uncommon word in high school. Many kids have thought about it at one point in time or another whether they admit it or not. Some people don’t understand why anyone in their right mind would ever consider such a drastic measure. Something they need to take into consideration is the fact that a suicidal person is not in their right mind. They have been emotionally or physically abused beyond their breaking point. They feel they have no where else to turn to, because no matter what they do, the pain of those words won’t stop. The bullying won’t stop.

Bullying has become a daily occurrence in most schools. Students push their fellow peers around in ways they might find funny. Some people do it without even realizing they are hurting someone until things have gone too far. Simple words can end a person’s reputation or worse: their life. Words are more than just words to the people they are directed at. A bully yells those words at them as they walk by intending on hurting their feelings or making them cry. Many people will just feel that. Their feelings will be hurt, or they may cry. Others, like me, have taken a different approach to these problems.

 

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I became introduced to cutting at the age of 12. A boy decided to spread nasty rumors about me that ended up making most of my Jr. High hate me. I didn’t even know more than half the people that didn’t like me due to these rumors. But hearing what people said about me and hearing them yell mean and rude things at me as I walked down the hall, took its toll on me. I started cutting to release the pain I was feeling inside on myself. Over the years the rumors started to die down. People still hate me for no reason due to them. But then people would start talking about one in particular when I was around. They wouldn’t directly talk about it, but I knew they brought the general subject up to hurt me. It worked. I would go home, cry, and maybe cut a little. Their bullying has forced me to think about that word people don’t understand even happens: Suicide.

I’ve thought about it countless times in the last 4 years of my life. But this isn’t about me. This is about all the other students dealing with what I had to go through. No one deserves to be treated like they are less than someone else. You are strong, no matter what others say. You are an amazing person. You are you. Don’t let anyone’s stupidity change that. Don’t let anyone take away what you can bring to this world. I know things may be tough now, but one day, all those assholes who treated you like dirt with get what’s coming to them. One day, you be the ones deciding their future when they come begging for a job from you. 

Suicide is not the answer. Live your life and screw all the people who hurt you. You are strong. You are amazing. You are you. Plain and simple. Live the life you were meant to live. Don’t let bullies push you around any longer. It’s time to stand up for yourself. Make a difference. Show them you’re better than them. Prove to them that they will regret this one day..

 

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