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Raynesha Silverson - Shedding Light on Bullying

Though too many adults still see bullying as “just part of being a kid,” it is a serious problem that leads to many negative effects for victims, including suicide 
"Kids being kids" or are they?
Bullying can happen anywhere, at school, home, or even on social media. About 47 teens are bullied every five minutes.

Hi, my name is Raynesha Silverson I am 15 years old, I live in St.Louis, MO. Shedding light on bullying is very important to me because bullying hurts, it was something in which I experienced myself.

The majority of the time, a bully victim doesn’t know the cause. They will presume it is their fault. It decreases self-esteem and increases self-hate. As a bully victim, I understand the effect that one’s words can have on someone. I understand the self-hatred one’s words can cause. You start to feel as if you aren’t good enough, or too ugly, or too fat. You start to feel as if the walls are closing in on you. Compliments become jokes and jabs towards you. Kindness becomes one sick game played to only make you feel worse.

While others know the effects their words have, some people were brought up in a different environment. They aren’t aware of how cruel they are being or how degrading their words may be. It is important to have this in mind, bullies are only mimicking the behavior they are exposed to. Sometimes bullies don’t even know they are being bullies. In that situation, it is now your job to stand up for not only yourself but the “bully” as well.

You never know the environment a person has been brought into. Someone who sees their parents bickering and agitating each other may think this is normal behavior. Someone who is abused: verbally, mentally, physically, and/or emotionally are projecting their behavior on another being. With this in mind, it’s hard to determine the source of why someone is bullying another person; one thing we should not do is punish the bully, but try and help them instead.


 We are all different and that's the beauty of it, respect those differences and always remember to be kind to one another. ~xo,Kenidra 

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