Today, there are many issues with bullying. Bullying occurs anywhere and everywhere and it effects people of all ages. Bullying doesn’t just happen down a high school hallway, it now appears on social media, such as Facebook. In the article, “Bullies Behind Bars” by Carmen Morias, Phoebe Prince was not only “stalked down her school hallways”, she was “abused by cruel messages on her Facebook wall”. This situation happens on a daily basis and my cousin was a victim, much like Phoebe.
My seventeen year old cousin was eccentric and kept to herself. She was dating a boy that I didn’t picture her with. He was very popular and a lot of girls wanted to be his girlfriend because of his athleticism and good looks. Even though my cousin and her boyfriend were so different, they made a good couple. The only issue in the relationship was the skinny, pretty, and popular girls. They always wanted to be in my cousin’s shoes. Instead of taking it out on her boyfriend, they always took it out on my cousin by glaring at her as they walked to class. After school, they would approach her and threaten her, but that’s not all they did.
On her walk home they would stalk her, giggling and saying mean comments, such as, “I can’t believe he is with that fat cow” and “she is so ugly that nobody will notice if she’s gone”. Not only did they bully her on the way home, but on Facebook as well. They would post nasty messages on her wall telling her to “break up with him or else!!”. They would also comment on all of her pictures with him in it saying “that will be him and I instead of a fat loser like you”. This went on for months. My cousin would cry herself to sleep and thought about suicide on multiple occasions. She knew her boyfriend would stand up to the girls if she told him, but she was afraid of what the girls would do to her for tattling on them.
My cousin was brave enough to break up with her boyfriend instead of harming herself. Although it was hard for...