How Does Bullying Lead to Suicide?
By Inesha Carruth and Shaqueria Howard
People often use the phrase “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Some say this phrase is not true. It’s been suggested that words not only destroy people mentally, but destroys lives and sometimes ends them. Studies suggest those who are bullied are at a higher risk of committing suicide. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center defines suicide as “death by a self-inflicted injury under circumstances in which the individual intended or should have reasonably expected that this injury would result in his or her death.” Bullying is also defined as the “ongoing physical or emotional victimization of a person by another person or a group of people.” There are noticeable affects from bullying as well. Some of those affects include ongoing sadness, withdrawl from others, reckless behavior, rejecting to eat and lack of sleep.
With the advent of technology, cyber-bullying has become more prevalent. According to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, cyber-bullying is “a new way of communication through social media and texting to harass and cause emotional harm to victims.” With teens as major users of smartphones and social media, teens could become for susceptible to cyber-bullying and become more likely to commit suicide. A major problem among youth in the United State is suicide. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide is the third leading cause of death for your students ages 12-18.
According to www.bullyingstatistics.org, suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people. Each year, 4,400 students commit suicide, and 160,000 students stay home from school because of bullying. When surveyed, 21 percent said they were bullied once or twice a month, 10 percent said once or twice a week, 7 percent said daily and nearly 9 percent said they were physically injured as a result of bullying. Both victims and perpetrators of bullying are at a high risk of suicide, children who are both victims and perpetrators are at the highest risk, according to the Suicide Prevention Resource Center.