Essay on Juvenile Suicide With An Emphasis On Bullying

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Juvenile Suicide With an Emphasis on Bullying
Rachel Stevens

Introduction
As defined by the American Psychological Association, bullying is described as an aggressive behavior in which someone intentionally and repeatedly causes another person injury or discomfort. Bullying can take the form of physical contact, words, or more subtle actions. Most notably, the Association emphasizes that the victim has trouble defending him or herself, and often has done nothing to cause the bullying.
Bullying has always been an issue for adolescents and teenagers. From the beginning of their school careers, harassment, insults, and comparisons have always been present. A staggering amount of adolescents are bullies, and even greater amounts are victims. Although this has always been a problem, over the past few years bullying has gone to greater heights. With the increase of social media and Internet use, bullying now impacts the victim at home, the one place they are meant to feel safe. Shockingly, bullying has gotten so bad, that an astounding amount of juveniles have committed suicide as a result. Thus, I chose to study the correlation between bullying and accelerating rates of juvenile suicide. Now more than ever, bullying is an issue that needs to be addressed. Years ago bullying was done face-to-face; perhaps in the hallways of school, at recess, or at a social event. In today’s society, social media has taken over and given bullies an even bigger voice and…

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