Good morning ladies and gentlemen. I stand up here with some trepidation to discuss something which 6 out of 10 people (of all ages) go through: bullying.This ongoing problem is not being addressed properly and correctly and occurs too often. What does it feel like to wake up in the morning and look forward to a day of name calling and teasing? What does it feel like to be engulfed in a world full of negativity? Bullying is a serious threat to our youth today.

Bullying is a “disease” which is spread like the Great Plague; life-threatening and loathsome. Bullying is parsimonious. Bullying is untolerable. I am here to raise awareness of this because many of you “too cool 4 school” type of people may view bullying as a source of entertainment. It is wrong. Nobody deserves to go through it.

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People think that bullying is tough. You want to know what’s tough? Apologising to the person you’re bullying is tough. You want to know what’s tough? Standing up to the bully and telling them to stop is tough. THAT is tough.

There are many revolting consequences of bullying. Research was carried out by pyschologists and they revealed that children who had been victims had a greater risk for depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, generalized anxiety, panic disorder and agoraphobia as adults. The most common one is, suicide. Reports have shown that 75% of suicide deaths are linked to cases of bullying. Just a imagine, for a brief moment, that one of your loved ones were part of that 75%. Shattering, right?

Personally, after listening to different experiences I have encountered that being bullied by the people around you really changes an individual’s lifestyle and perception of life. The topic of bullying became sensitive to me when i had to deal with the news of a close friend who took her life because she suffered in silence whilst being bullied due to her withdrawal and shyness in class. The school did nothing, using the excuse that “Kids will be kids”. How many more suicides does it take for society to realise that bullying snatches the lives of many innocent souls? We must put a top to it.

It is cruel of us to let it carry on. We, as a community, need to be a support network for those victims who are mentally drowning in social isolation. Like they say, “Be the change you want to see in the world”. It is YOUR turn to change the world. It is YOUR turn to make a difference.

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