Today bullying has taken on a whole new meaning. In the past bullies would pick on the so-called nerds/geeks. Nowadays kids think the nerd style is cool as they bully another minority group in school,the LGBT community.
It’s already hard enough for most to come out to their parents and family but to be teased about it at school makes their lives even more tougher. These teens feel and have no comfort and no one to turn too. If they tell mom & dad they run the risk of being unloved and abandoned. If they talk to some one at school they may still not feel safe because not all teachers and staff are as accepting. So who do these teens turn to in their time of need, when they run a high risk of ending their own lives. These teens need support in whichever way they can get but not many adults are willing to help or it ends up being too late.
Today’s bullies need to be dealt with and not just with some slap on the wrist. This is a person’s life we are dealing with here. These teens did not choose to be gay but were born gay. Just as the gifted kids didn’t choose to be smart but were born with their intellect. Parents of these bullies and the bullies themselves should be forced to take sensitivity classes even stepping into the shoes of those they bully. Maybe then they will see how hurtful their words and actions really are.
Being gay isn’t a choice and unfortunately for many gay teens they never get to see their high school graduation, or that it does get better after high school. Instead the bullies continue to win and instead of unifying together with other gay & lesbian teens and forming support groups these teens end their lives and hurt their loved ones. Loved ones who never knew they were hurting.
Though, today you do have LGBT alliances in schools. However, that wasn’t the case while I was in school or my parents or even grandparents. It was a huge taboo back then leaving many to live a lie or a secret.
Bullying and bullies must be stopped. America is losing some of its brightest because of it. So please if you or you know someone that is being bullied or contemplating suicide. Have them speak to someone immediately and get the help they need. Bullying and suicide are two huge issues and both need to be taken seriously so please find someone you trust and talk to them because it does get better.