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Bullying has become a weapon

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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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Sarah Nelson
Sarah Nelson joined the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2010 and works as a online reporter, content editor and staff writer. She is a world traveler, accused idealist and California native now braving the winters of Central Minnesota. She believes in the power of human resolve and hopes to be part of something that makes history by bringing an end to injustice in the world. Sarah has worked as a criminal background researcher, high school civics teacher, grant writer, and contributing writer with Causecast.org — tackling every issue from global poverty to bio-degradable bicycles. Her favorite thing about living in Minnesota is July. Sarah left the Brainerd Dispatch in April 2014.
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