Phoebe Prince, died aged 15… Ryan Haligan, died aged 13… Megan Meier, died aged 13… Tyler Clementi, died aged 18… Jessica Evans, Died aged 14… These five teenagers come from completely different areas of the world, different families, different cultures, different backgrounds, but all share two things in common. 1. They were all bullied. 2. They all committed suicide from being unable to cope. Bullying is one of the leading self-esteem crushers in the 21st century. A survey printed in the Herald Sun states that 70% of students surveyed believe bullying is a moderate to serious problem in there school. Why is this happening?
Kids as young as six, forming cliques, designating the ‘queen bee’ and excluding kids from their friendship groups. So young, their brains haven’t had time to be exposed to society. It is believed that bullying is on the rise. Is it really? Or are more cases just being reported? Bullying goes unnoticed in many schools and workplaces through pure fear of the victim being hunted down again to be reprimanded by his attackers for speaking up. Why do people bully, a question with several different answers.
Bullies bully for many reasons, for their own insecurities, they may be being bullied themselves, they see older people, generally family members bullying others and think it’s okay but mainly due to the pleasure they feel of making someone feel miserable. Casey Hynes a 16 year old Chifley college boy, tormented all throughout his life. A recent interview on A Current Affair tells Casey’s story.
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During the interview they recapped the traumatic life he had suffered, also the years, months and weeks leading up to the attack which made him a YouTube sensation. Casey described himself as being an easy target. This is persistent in most bullying cases. I personally watched the interview, which aired on Channel Nine on May 3rd. As I watched the interview, the day after he was brought out on stage at the biggest concert of the year, I saw the pain and suffering in his eyes and body language when he spoke to interviewer Ben Fordem. “ I had eight friends” he began.
“They ditched me after the first year” after fighting back the tears which have been building up for years he managed to whisper out “I was all alone.” Those simple four words. So small, yet so powerful. As they played the video of the group attack we witness how he was approached suddenly, cornered so he had no escape.
With the availability of modern technology, this fight was easily caught on camera. The bully, 12 year old Ritchard Gale laid punches straight into Casey. One to the face, three to the stomach, when finally Casey snapped. He picked Ritchard up, slammed him into the concrete. The sound of the 12 year olds ankle making contact with the wooden bench which showed the true anger behind Casey’s actions. Where does this leave your opinion?
Society doesn’t leave much room for opinions. Fighting back in society is seen as, to put it lightly, just as bad. Parent’s of bullied victim Casey praise him for fighting back, however Ritchard’s mother and father both believe it was outrageous the actions Casey took. Out of fear of Ritchard’s leg possibly breaking or him sustaining some kind of permanent injury. His mother praises Casey. If Ritchard had the guts and power to pick on a boy, four years older than him and twice his size, he needs to be able to expect retaliation of some sort. Many onlookers just stood, in shock. None of them thought it would be appropriate to stop the fight.
Children these days see fights, and merely attempt not to assist. Why you may ask? For fear of being sprung on. Many people just stand and witness, not attempting to help someone they know is clearly in trouble. We hear many stories of those who get hurt by trying to break up a fight. I recently heard of a friend who intervened at a party to stop her friend from hurting another kid, however she came off worse with a punch to the face and stomach she was hurt for trying to break up the fight which is why when fights, attacks or anything happen, society prefers to pretend they cannot see what is happening.
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Many school policies also don’t allow for much difference to occur. Their policy would be detention or suspension for the bully and that’s it only for the bully to return and have retribution on the victim. Also the policies for phones, iPods and cameras in schools need to made more severe so it doesn’t allow students to be able to record and publish attacks on social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
The video spread around the world and captured the eyes of many people with Facebook and twitter pages all being set up in honour of Casey’s actions. Although in this case they are supporting Casey, these websites aren’t of all good nature. Those five teenagers I mentioned at the beginning; Phoebe, Ryan, Megan, Tyler and Jessica all victims of horrendous cyber bullying. Local Werribee girl Jessica Evans was the target of the online Facebook groups “Windy Hoppers” and “Eyes on Hoppers”.
Two Facebook pages set up in dishing out any dirt people had on her in the local area. Jessica Evans was the victim of this intense bullying. She was the focus on this website for a couple of months. ‘Anonymous tips’ sent in by people trying to make her feel insecure about herself. After extensive cyber bullying along with other issues, she felt that ending her life, was the only way out. Tyler Clementi, an 18 year old university student in America. Not only cyber bullied due to his appearance, but for his sexual orientation. Phoebe, an innocent, happy 15 year old, cyber bullied until she couldn’t handle it anymore.
Ryan Halligan, only 13 years of age. Thirteen, he managed to take his own life. In saying this; you may be getting bullied at school, but some celebrities are being bullied by the entire world. Celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, Justin Bieber, and Willow Smith tormented for their fame at such a young age. Selena started out on Barney. A small 6 year-old, in a wading pool, singing along with Barney. Justin Bieber started out on YouTube, at 13 years of age. Willow smith started out in movies with her father at an age of 4.
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Constantly sent “death threats”, hatred message all through social networking sites. Many jealous of them, wishing they could have fame, or thinking because their famous they won’t care. Wrong. They are humans too. They all have feelings, they do in fact cry, they do in fact hurt, they take all of it to heart. So I’ll leave you with this, next time you want to make someone feel bad, bully someone, laugh at someone, just think, you only know there name, you don’t know there story.