Bullies tend to target certain groups to go after, and I wanted to take a closer look at what groups are more prone to being bullied. I found an article that talked about the life of gays and lesbians and how bullying has affected their lives.
So many homosexuals are the target of bullying. Sexual orientation is a huge factor when it comes to bullying. “According to recent gay bullying statistics, gays and lesbian teens are two to three times more likely to commit teen suicide than other youths. About 30 percent of all completed suicides have been related to sexual identity crisis. Students who also fall into the gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered identity groups report being 5 times as more likely to miss school because they feel unsafe after being bullied due to their sexual orientation. About 28 percent out of those groups feel forced to drop out all together.”
These statistics were very alarming to me because I thought schools were cracking down a lot harder with preventing bullying. The fact that lives are being taken away so early due to this issue is upsetting. Students shouldn’t feel unsafe in school. School should be the safest place for anyone to go to, and unfortunately that isn’t the case.
“In fact, about 9 out of 10 LGBT teens have reported being bullied at school within the past year because of their sexual orientation, according to the most recent gay bullying statistics. Out of those numbers, almost half have reported being physically harassed followed by another quarter who reported actually being physically assaulted. Unfortunately most teens who experience bullying of any kind are reluctant to share their experience or report the incident to a teacher or trusted adult. Even more unfortunate are the gay statistics that report a lack of response among those teachers and school administration. According to a recent statistic, out of the students that did report a harassment or bullying situation because of their sexuality, about one third of the school staff didn’t do anything to resolve the issue.”
If there is anything that I can take from this article, I would hope to be the teacher that does something about this issue if it is brought to my attention. The fact that so many teachers turn their heads when it comes to issues like this is so mind-boggling to me. I wonder how many lives could have been saved if someone just could have taken innitiative to help the person being bullied, or at just say something to someone else if they feel uncomfortable taking the issue at matter into their own hands.