Why Is Bullying Such An Issue Now?

We’ve heard of several incidences lately involving bullying.  Kirk Smalley is fighting against bullying after his 11-year old son Ty committed suicideTyler Clementi killed himself after having a sexual encounter exposed over the internet by his college roomate.  Such tragedies are prominent in the media not because of the bullying itself, but rather because of the unfortunate results of such behavior.  It seems far more common today for a young person to commit suicide after being the target of a bully’s power-trip.  Why is that?  Bullying has been around a long time for sure, but is it that much more intense? Or is suicide a more prevalent option for people wanting to escape their terrible reality? Chime in and tell me what you think.

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One thought on “Why Is Bullying Such An Issue Now?

  1. This is a great question. It is hard to answer it in general terms because each situation is unique. I think some of it may have to do with the support systems each person has in place. As parents, we have already dealt with some minor bullying issues with our 9 year old. The thing that stands out to me is that she never brought them up, we know her well enough to know when something is wrong and ask. I wonder if other kids have such a connection with others. From my experience, it is only those strong relational connections that can be places of real hope in life’s darkest moments. They serve to both identify the problem and create a safe place to deal with them.

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