Target: Sabrina Steketee, School Board President
Goal: Enact anti-bullying legislation
Forty-nine US states have enacted some form of anti-bullying legislation. Montana is the only exception. In a nation where internet use is inevitable in and outside of schools, anti-bullying legislation is essential.
Thousands of young people in the US take their lives each year, making suicide the third leading cause of death amongst young people. The most troublesome part of this awful statistic is that suicide is preventable and completely unnecessary.
Various states have laws that address cyberbullying in and outside of a school setting. This is crucial, as students can harass other students over the internet from any location. Harassment should not be taken lightly simply because the victim and perpetrator are underage. However, an unfortunate statistic published by the Pew Research Center stated, “Only 7% of U.S. parents are worried about cyberbullying, even though 33% of teenagers have been victims of cyberbullying.” Something is seriously wrong when harassment is overlooked with such frequency.
The devastating loss of innocent life is not the only problem. Young bullies grow up to be adults who continue to make life intolerable for others.
It is simply unacceptable for harassment to be so rampant in the United States, where freedom for all is a direct promise. Young people who are bullied will not be free from harassment until adults intervene. Ask Montana legislators to enact anti-bullying laws immediately.
Dear Sabrina Steketee,
Montana is the only state in the US that is still without anti-bullying legislation. In todays society, internet bullying is rampant and internet use will not slow down anytime soon. Thus it is crucial that some kind of legislation is enacted to protect young people.
According to the Center for Disease Control, bullying is the third leading cause of death amongst young people. That equates to over 4,000 deaths per year, and at least 100 failed suicide attempts for each of those deaths. This is absolutely appauling. In any nation, particularly in the US where freedom is so valued, young people should be able to live without constant harassment.
There is a difference between the inevitable conflicts between young people, and persistent, ongoing harassment that makes young people want to stop living. When adults are harassed, the perpetrators are charged with a crime. When young people are harassed, they are told to ignore it and keep their chin up.
Thousands of lives are wasted because adequate protection is not in place for children and teens who are being harassed.
Please help spread the word to enact anti-bullying legislation in Montana.
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