College Student Essay

Submitted By mmiller1008
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Teen Suicide
Five thousand teenagers and young adults commit suicide annually in the United States (there are ten times as many attempts), and suicide is the third leading cause of death among fifteen to twenty-four-year-olds. Among college students, suicide is the second leading cause of death; approximately one thousand college students take their own lives every year. The number of suicides by college students has tripled since the 1950s. Nationally there are 7.29 suicides per year for every one hundred thousand students. Recent media coverage of a number of youth suicides are caused by bullying has increased awareness of this problem and has led to proposals for stronger anti-harassment legislation. Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University. 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide. According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying.
I personally believe that bullying is one of the main reasons of suicide in young teens. All throughout grade school and high school I was teased because of my height. I hit six feet tall in eighth grade and was the tallest from preschool to my senior year in high school till finally a sophomore boy passed me up. Throughout high school I was also teased because of my looks, especially