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Last night on LMN, a movie called “Sexting in Suburbia” premiered. I’d been waiting for it to premiere for a few weeks, and I liked it. It’s about a woman who tries to find answers about her daughter’s suicide, which revolves around the bullying her daughter endured at school after her “sexting” pictures were sent to everyone. The bullying she endures occurs both in person and online/through text. It’s a sad and heartbreaking movie, but ends nicely. It’s really upsetting, and angering, to know that there are people out there like that…people who bully others over a mistake made, or over anything really, to the point where the victim feels that the only way out is take his/her own life.

I’ve been bullied online before (or cyberbullied) and let me tell you, it’s awful. Most of it was by people I didn’t even know…and it usually guys. It was hardly ever girls. Why…I don’t know. The first time, I was 17 and a senior in high school. I was in college the other times. I’ve been through it probably 3 or 4 times now, and it’s not easy to deal with. I got off of that site and even reported those people to the site admin, and one of them had their account deleted as a result.

The point is, if someone is bullying you or harassing you online, report it. Report it to the site admin. If it’s threatening, report it to the police. Tell someone. Don’t try to deal with it alone because that makes it so much harder.

Something that really bothered me in the movie, which often happens in real life, is that the school board did nothing about what was going on. They knew the students were bullying the girl, yet they did nothing about it. They knew someone at the school sent those pictures to tons of people, yet they did nothing about it – even though what the person did was illegal ‘cause it’s considered child pornography. They did nothing about the vandalism in the girls’ bathroom, where girls wrote things saying the victim is a slut, yet they did nothing about it. That happens all too often in real life.

I’ve read so many stories about middle schoolers and high schoolers being bullied at school, and the school board knows but doesn’t do anything about it. Then the kids end up committing suicide, and they STILL don’t do anything. They refuse to take any responsibility whatsoever. That needs to change. The school board is responsible for those kids once they set foot on campus.

Hopefully someday I can do something to change that. I’m so sick of constantly hearing about more and more kids taking their own lives because no one would help them and others were hurting them, whether physically or mentally/emotionally. I don’t know what I can do just yet, but I’ll figure it out.

I’m hoping that once I get my B.S. in Psychology, I can go to grad school to become a Specialist in School Psychology and work as a school psychologist. Maybe that’s how I’ll help. I hope.

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