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From The Heart of a 15-Year-Old Girl

Bullying.  It’s a pretty common word.  We’ve all heard of it.  It has affected each and every one of us.  It happens and we don’t even realize.  Every day I hear, “Did she get dressed in the dark?” or “God, he’s such a fag” and “Go kill yourself”.   Teens reported that bullying was a problem for them more often than racism, HIV/AIDS, the pressure to have sex and was as much of a problem as the pressure to use drugs or alcohol.  It’s happened to me, it’s happened to you, all of us.  Bullying is a vicious cycle.  This isn’t something we can just brush off.  We have to face the facts.

Schools don’t do anything about it, either.  How many kids are going to have to commit suicide before they do something?  How many school shootings does it take?  Does anybody remember watching the news on April 20th, 1999?  The  Columbine shooting definitely had the attention of America.  I was 3 when it happened so it wasn’t until later on that I understood what happened.  It’s an unforgettable and heartwrenching story.  Recently, there was a shooting at an Ohio school leaving three dead and two wounded. Another five families who lost a son or daughter – a result of bullying.

Females can be very vengeful creatures.  We gossip, tease and straight up hate on each other all the time.  We have insecurities and sometimes we take it out on others.  I’ll admit, I’ve said pretty disgusting things to people.  No, I don’t do it every day. It’s just a matter of circumstance.  ANYWAYS… In 7th grade I was what you could consider a bully.  I hung out with these two girls named Jill and Sally (names have been changed).  Every day we wore our Hollister shirts and our Abercrombie jeans.  We packed our Coach purses with  makeup and hairbrushes.  We thought we were the baddest chicks in the whole school.  We were like the Plastics, basically.  We gossiped about everyone and would spend our lunch periods laughing at people.  We even made fun of people to their faces.  I knew it was wrong but I just wanted to fit in – just like every other middle school girl.  It wasn’t even worth it because I haven’t talked to those girls in years.  Looking back in retrospect, I completely regret how I acted.  I will never forgive myself for being such a cold-hearted person.

Two weeks ago, a guy who attends the same school as I do made a “Top 15 Sluts at School” list and posted it on Facebook.  Cyber bullying at its finest.  Why did he feel the need to post that?, was my first thought.  Was it rejection or insecurity?  Boys can truly be sick sometimes.  I solemnly swear they must find some great satisfaction in being total assh***s toward females.  Anyone with even the slightest bit of common sense knows it is wrong to call a girl a name or put them down.  Calling a girl ugly or a whore does not make you any cooler; in fact, it’s the biggest turn off ever. Bullying is a result of our generation not knowing how to treat others and that’s a huge problem.

The last topic I would like to touch on is discrimination against homosexuals.  Thinking about it breaks my heart.  We throw the word gay and fag around, like it’s no big deal.  “Dude, you’re so gay.” I catch people saying it all the time.  They say it like it’s a bad thing.  Of course this is just my opinion, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with being gay!  Why do people get bullied for this?  Hating someone based on their sexual orientation is so ignorant.  We need to stray from our provincial ways and be more open minded. 40,000 homosexuals commit suicide every year.  Those 40,000 shouldn’t resolve to end their own life due to the fact they are homosexual.  Imagine how difficult life is for those who are hated because they are attracted to the same gender.  It’s their choice.  You aren’t hated because you are straight, so why should they be hated because they’re gay?  Consider that, the next time you make an ignorant comment towards homosexuals.

We are all entitled to our own opinion.  This is mine.  I wanted to tell the world how I feel about bullying.  It’s a huge problem in America.  I’m hoping that this will open people’s eyes and inspire them.  Whether you’re a college student, a twelve year old or a doctor – YOU can make a difference!  Share this with your friends, mom, kids or grandpa, PLEASE!

Addison Fox

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