Letter: Acceptance must be emphasized



Bullying and suicide are increasing every day. From cyberbullying to physical bullying, there aren’t many teens who haven’t experienced bullying. Adults are always trying to decrease the amount of teen suicide, but unless we remove all bullies and demolish all insecurities, what can be done?

Between 1980 and 1996, the suicide rate among children 10 to 14 years of age increased by 100 percent. The rate of suicide by this age group has nearly tripled since 1960. Suicide is the third-leading cause of death in adolescents and 25 percent of high schools students have seriously thought about committing suicide.

Suicide is a big problem and we need to find a better way to solve it.

These problems could be solved if we work on accepting people for who they are. Teens need to start thinking about themselves and their level of integrity. Would they be bullying someone if their parents or teachers were watching? Would you say the same mean thing if it was to the person’s face? Would you want to be the cause of someone committing suicide?

Avonley Wiseman

La Center