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opinion Brainerd, 56401

Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

In today's society, bullying has become a weapon. According to Bullying Statistics, physical, emotional, and cyber bullying can be connected to various suicides.

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The Centers of Disease Control found a third of suicides among young people are caused by bullying. In the past years, it has come to my attention the numerous stories of teens who committed suicide, bullying believed to be the cause. How have schools failed to notice these incidents?

Some adults may argue that "its part of growing up", but bullying has many negative effects, suicide being one of them. So, how can bullying be prevented? Dr. Ken Rigby of the University of South Australia has researched and come up with a list of ten guidelines to prevent bullying: clearly define it, recognize its forms, know of school happenings, plan for action, provide a policy, talk with students, identify and promote positive effects of staff behaviors on students, appropriately deal with instances, provide help to victims, and work with parents. If these guidelines are followed in schools, bullying will be effectively reduced and lives will be saved.

Parents, teachers, and students need to be aware of its dangers so victims, at risk of suicide, can get help.

Caroline Rasinski

Junior, Pillager High School

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